Expat Volunteer Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Volunteer Abroad

9 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Saudization sackings resulting in abandoned pets

Animal welfare workers in Saudi are being swamped with unwanted dogs and cats as locals and expats abandon their pets. Dog and cat dumping in the Kingdom is now at record levels, exacerbated by expats returning to their home countries and rising costs making keeping and feeding pets an impossibility. Other reasons include noise complaints from neighbours, health problems needing expensive veterinary visits and new allergies. Other dog owners simply didn’t realise keeping a pet is a responsibility, giving up at the first sign of...
28 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Philippines retirement visa an improvement on other SE Asian versions

If you’ve fallen in love with the friendly locals and laid-back lifestyle in the Philippines, retiring here is easier than in many Southeast Asian countries. The Philippines archipelago has been popular with older Western expatriates for some decades, but the numbers arriving are now increasing due to political instability in formerly favourite mainland destinations. The invasion of Cambodia by Chinese developers and their casino customers and the stiffening of immigration requirements and increasing xenophobia in Thailand are...
27 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Abu Dhabi abandoned dogs fed nightly by expat volunteer

An expat in Abu Dhabi who volunteers with a local dog shelter has been driving every night to the rough desert lands around Abu Dhabi Industrial City to feed the increasing number of abandoned dogs gathering in the area. After he’d seen abandoned dogs close by a factory he’d visited last year, Zeeshan decided to volunteer with charity Animal Action Abu Dhabi. Since then, he’s been driving into the sparsely populated area with as much food as he can gather together to ensure the dogs have at least one good meal a day. After...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat donates 300 tins of dog food to struggling rescue centre

After an Estepona-based dog shelter made a desperate Facebook plea for tinned dog food, a kind-hearted British expat arrived with 300 tins. Dean Bateson-Payas admits he’s always been a dog-lover, and was very disturbed when he realised Spaniards didn’t necessarily share his affection for four-legged doggy friends. Most are just working dogs and are treated badly, he says, whilst explaining why he’s been committed to doing what he can for the much-loved, long-standing ADANA shelter in Manilva. The dog sanctuary had posted...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expat-led environmental group holds cleanups in Turkey

Tidy Turkey is yet another of the world-wide initiatives to clean up beauty spots and beaches covered in human-deposited trash. Environmentally-friendly and like-minded expats and citizens come together for a full day of cleaning up selected areas, having fun and meeting new people at the same time. Lucy Tooze, a well-travelled Australian expat now living in Turkey, is the founder of the group which held its inaugural event on last year’s World Cleanup Day. Since then, a further seven events have been organised. Lucy told local...
20 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expat owned dog shelter eviction puts abandoned dogs lives at risk

An expat-run dog shelter in Spain is desperate for help after being served an eviction notice by their landlord. The APA Nerja dog shelter was started three years ago by British expat Laura Downes, and has successfully rehomed 800 abandoned adult dogs and puppies to date. Soon after its inception it was overwhelmed by the number of abandoned pets and unable to concrete the land, causing concerns over hygiene which almost forced it to close. Downes refused to give up, and the Spanish shelter has been operating successfully ever since....
9 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Trailing spouses risk depression and divorce

Are you risking divorce if you move overseas with your husband or partner? Although divorce rates vary from country to country, it’s estimated that some 50 per cent of modern marriages fail. Tracking divorce rates amongst the international expat community worldwide is a statistical nightmare, but experienced marital therapists believe the rate could well be at an all-time high. One of the main reasons for separation and divorce is trailing spouse depression caused by the wife giving up her life and career to follow her husband....
3 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expat clubs catching on in China

If your idea of expat clubs is a dingy conference room in a mid-priced hotel crammed with doddery old guys who’d rather be in the pub, you’d be wrong – at least in Beijing. Admittedly, expatriates in China tend more towards adventure, entrepreneurship and the China experience itself, with expat organisations focusing on having fun rather than mimicking the dismal over-organised clubs in several southeast Asian destinations which seem to specialise in topics such as ‘ making your will’, ‘preparing for death’ and the best...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Shanghai animal shelter seeks expat volunteers and fosterers for abandoned pets

Chinese locals and expats in Shanghai are working together to save abandoned pets. People for Pets was started in 2015 by Samantha and Ann, two expat ladies distressed by the number of abandoned pets in the giant city. Three years in, it’s a group of experienced rescuers bridging the gap between animal protection and animal welfare in Shanghai. Every dog and cat saved has either been born on the streets or abused and abandoned by their former owners, and is treated by vets for both physical and mental problems before settling down...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Singaporean expat charity fund acts as a mobile workforce for good

Singapore’s Expatland Giving Back Fund channels expats willing to give their labour to help those in dire straits in the wealthy city-state. Started by John Marcarian, the volunteer organisation is composed of expat residents in what Marcarian refers to a ‘Expatland’ an imaginary country whose citizens are all part of the 21st century exodus from home countries worldwide. The organisation is the philanthropic arm of his international tax consultancy and attracts a good number of expat volunteers, some of whom are his staff...