The Long Haul - Living & Working Abroad
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Hey, everyone -
So I'm a Korean citizen currently working as a freelance video translator in Seoul. I've been here for the past 3 and a half years but grew up in the States for most of my life - from elementary through college. I'm 25 years old and am thinking about a working holiday either in Hong Kong or London.
Does anyone have any experience with this? It seems that it's a lot harder for Korean citizens to get favorable working holiday jobs and the visa in HK and the UK. I wouldn't be too picky, but I'd prefer an office job or restaurant/pub-related jobs are fine too. Kind of frustrating because I basically consider myself a Korean-American, being much more fluent with English than I am with Korean, but of course, on paper, I'm just Korean.
Getting a work permit instead of the working holiday permit is probably not an option, either. I have a 4-year degree in Communicatio... more »
My daughter is a UK citizen who has been traveling for some years. During her time in Canada she worked for a web development company. The company wants her to continue working for them remotely from wherever she may be in the world at any given time.
Though I don't expect it'll be a simple matter, are there any worldwide generalities regarding her tax liabilities when doing this kind of work?
To be specific at this point in time and place, she's concerned about the tax implications of traveling in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand whilst working for a Canadian company on-line.
Advice or anecdotes based on similar experiences would be much appreciated.
Does anyone have any experience applying for a visa through the Canada-Spain Youth Mobility Agreement? I plan an becoming an au pair in Madrid beginning Sept. 2013 for about a year and I think this is my best bet for a visa.
I definitely need a lot of help.
Here you can find the guidelines by clicking on "Agreement between Spain and Canada on Youth Mobility Programs".
I'm assuming I would apply as a beneficiary under "e. e. Young citizens who plan to travel to Spain and who wish to work on a casual basis in order to increase their financial resources orto do volunteer work.". In that case, one of the requirements is an NIF but I really have no idea how to obtain one of this in order to go about obtaining the... more »
My nephew in the UK, who recently graduated last year and has now successfully completed his CELTA TESOL is ready to get out and about.
He is being offered a job with Disney English in Shanghai and wondered if anyone had any personal experience working with them?
I worry a little bit on how the corporate work ethic would translate into how they treat their staff.
I just have a few queries regarding the UK ancestry visa.
Firstly, the UK Border Agency says that to apply one needs "your parents' and grandparents' marriage certificates, and legal adoption papers if you or your parents are adopted". My parents did not marry, so does this mean I only need the marriage certificate of the grandparent whose ancestry I am applying with?
Secondly the site states that I need the full birth certificates of the parent and grandparent through whose ancestry I am applying. I will be using my maternal grandmother's Scottish heritage to apply for this visa. So I therefore need my mother's and my (maternal) grandmother's birth certificates +only+?
Thirdly, other than the documents required listed here http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/uk-ancestry/ are there any other documents/paperwork I need to apply for this ... more »
I'm living in Stuttgart Germany and honestly I'm kind of stunned the challenge of finding people to travel with. So, anyone interested in a travel partner, please let me know. I'm not into clubbing all night and sleeping all day, like to get up early and see/do as much as possible. I'm up for traditional city "touristing", cultural events/festivals, or getting off the beaten path, to include skiing, hiking and SCUBA. I'm a 53 year old male, but I work with Junior High and High School kids so remain young at heart and I'm always up for a new adventure. Remember, if you never get lost you can never be found.
I'm planning on taking a TEFL course and am confused by the number of providers. I know I need to find a course provider that is externally accredited. I want to do a 140 hour course (120 hours online, 20 hours practical teaching). Can anyone recommend a good provider? I have looked at i-to-i and TEFL England who seem to have similar courses, and LOVE TEFL which is at least half the price - but perhaps not as good? I am steering clear of the TEFL offers which come up on Groupon and Wowcher as I am convinced that a £49 course can't be that good...
I don't have a degree and know this will affect where I can teach - BUT both i-to-i and Love TEFL offer internships in China for non degree holders - even though to teach in China you need a degree. Does this mean that if I did the internship I would be able to continue teaching in China, regardless of the degree, or that the i... more »
I have been trawling the web and forum this evening to find an answer to this but haven;t come up with anything conclusive. it seems to be nigh on impssible to get a working visa for SA unless you are very skilled. I am not. I will be able to fund a decent stay in SA but would be keen to find some part time work in order to meet people. I'm mainly going over to see the country and race my mountain bike so its quite important to me to meet people to ride with.
I understand i can have a 3 month tourist visa and i may be able to extend this for an aditional 3 months. beyond that it seems you have to leave. could you leave the country for a day or 2 and come back for another 3 months?
has anyone had any experience of getting a working visa for sa?
makes me sad its so hard for us to go there when so many people come to the uk! its not fair! :)
Hi, i've got an annual travel insurance policy which covers me for trips of up to 42 days. I've just landed a contract which means i'll be away for 63 days. It seems i can't just take out a separate policy for the extra 21 days, as for policies to be valid, trips have to start and end within the insurance period.
I guess i'll be talking to my insurer about tailoring my policy but a quick look on some insurers websites suggests i'll be paying an extra £100+ for it.
So i'd thought i'd see if anyone's been in a similar situation and has any suggestions.
Thanks in advance,
Hi everyone Im looking for some advice on what company to go out to australlia with im female 22 years old travelling alone looking to go out to oz on a working holiday visa end of next year or jan /feb time in 2015 basically when ive saved as much cash as possible. I want to go out with a company for abit more secruity and to basically not feel alone in the whole process of flying out to a country ive never been to before.I have looked at a few STA travel, smaller earth, Real gap experience etc. Just dont no which one to go for or how useful they actually are if any one has ever used a company to help them along the way how did u get on?? what did u like about them?? what didnt you?? which one did u use etc . All help and advice much appreciated :) thanks steph
I want to teach English in Indonesia or Thailand. I am in the process of taking TESOL unfortunately, I do not have my Bachelor's degree. Does anyone know how hard it will be to get a teaching job, if at all?
Also, if you have any other helpful information about living and teaching abroad it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance
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Hello fellow travellers,
I'm looking for input from fellow Canadians on travel insurance.
I am about to sell everything I own to follow a nomad lifestyle for the foreseeable future. I am 44 years old and in good health but becoming injured or ill while wandering the world is not something I could afford on my own so I'm trying to find a decent but affordable travel insurance plan.
My own existing insurance company only offers travel insurance to existing policy holders which means once I divest myself of my tenant's package (because I'll no longer have an apartment) I'll lose access to their travel policy.
I've checked companies like Blue Cross and Manulife but all they seem to offer is your typical coverage for short-term trips south to Florida, Cuba, etc.
What I'm looking for is a basic policy that will cover medical emergencies and possibly also return travel ... more »
I have been working for a Recruitment agency for the past year and have also worked in various countries. I have put together some information to help backpacker's secure work when overseas -- everything from resume and cover letter writing to having the right attitude, to being prepared with a tax number and local bank account. You can check this info out here:
How To Secure Work When Travelling
I hope it helps,
I wil be graduating this May with my B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology and was wondering if anyone had information about any websites or organizations within Latin America for career purposes. I would really like to work abroad working with children or NGO'S involved in community development, education, etc. I know that there are opportunities teaching English through TEFL but I am hoping to find something more involved than just teaching english. If anyone has any information about specific organizations or websites that would have information I would greatly appreciate this. I am interested in working anywhere within Central/South America and I do speak Spanish. Not fluent but enough to hold a conversation. I fully understand that the salary would be minimal and I do not mind living in rough conditions but I would prefer a job rather than a volunteer position. Thank you and I definitel... more »
This is what I hope to do: Teach in Saudi Arabia or the U.A.E. -- I have a personal fascination with the middle east. Of course no income tax isn't a horrible secondary perk.
I recently got 'accepted' into a local CELTA course. I am wondering what the prospects are for me of getting a job in these two countries with the following (very minimal) qualifications:
B.A. in Communications w/ 3.82 GPA from Penn State University
Hypothetical CELTA certification
No teaching experience
Native US English Speaker w/ firm grasp of the language
It seems many of the posts for Saudi/UAE jobs require at the very very least 2+ years of teaching experience. I understand why they have more restrictions than maybe China or Korea. Am I out of luck until I get more experience, or have any of you heard of someone fresh out of college getting a position in one of these countries?
If Saudi Arabi... more »
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