If you’re new to serviced apartments, you may think that having more space and kitchen facilities means you have to pay over the odds in comparison to an equivalent hotel room. Well, we’re happy to inform you that serviced apartments not only cost around the same rate per night as a hotel room, they actually […]

Money isn’t everything

Apr 1, 2016 |

What is the best country in the world? You can’t tell by looking at Gross Domestic Product alone, say leading economists. Because GDP overlooks important factors like access to electricity, health, property rights, and religious tolerance. GDP ‘outdated’ “Take the Arab Spring. You had a bunch of countries who were performing really well economically, and […]

Battling Stereotypes

Mar 4, 2016 |

Wherever you are, and whoever you are, you can be subjected to stereotyping. It might be your gender, your religion, or nationality – or being an expat partner. The stereotypical profile of an expat partner, for example, is often a wealthy female. She has a big house, maids and a nanny. While her husband works, […]

No Way Back Home

Feb 5, 2016 |

Living abroad changes a person. But what if your home country changes beyond recognition while you are away? It happened to Zurich Insurance expat partner Ana Bizot. She feels there’s no way back to Venezuela. World-class fencer Ana is a former world-class fencer who won gold at the Pan American Games in 2001. She first […]

Staying busy eases return to work

Jan 8, 2016 |

No regrets Mirjam had been working in HR management when her husband was offered a role by DSM in India. Although at first, she didn’t like the idea of abandoning her career, or losing her financial independence, she has never regretted the move. Her plan was always to keep working during the four-year posting: “I […]

Hash House Harriers

Dec 4, 2015 |
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Networking on the run Do you want to combine networking with some non-competitive running and plenty of humour? If so, the famously flippant and fun-loving Hash House Harriers (HHH) is the running club for you. Weekend excesses Originally founded in 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ‘hashing’ was invented by a group of British colonial officials […]

Return to work internship a great success

Nov 6, 2015 |
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Re-entry internship worked out great A paid internship is one way to a satisfying job for expat partners who want to return to work after their repatriation. It certainly worked for American financial expert Jenifer Kelley (38). She went back to her home country after a few years in the Netherlands with her husband, who […]

Tips for successfully relocating your family

Sep 4, 2015 |

Relocating for work is an exciting prospect and so it should be. Experiencing a new culture, progressing in your career and often receiving a pay rise for your efforts are a few of the many benefits of an expatriate assignment. However, if you’re planning to uproot your family, considerable effort is required to ensure a […]

Supporting expat partners changing careers

Aug 28, 2015 |
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It is not unusual for expat partners to abandon a career path that they followed before moving abroad. As a result, some may even enter a completely different field upon repatriation. Our research shows adequate personal support can assist partners looking to change direction successfully Try something new “Time spent abroad is the time for […]