What sort of standards can I expect from the healthcare system in Italy as an expat? Is private health insurance realyl necessary or will I get access to affordable or free care by virtue of having a residence visa to live here?
I am excited about moving to India but am aware that there will be challenges and difficulties given how different life there is likely to be. What are some of the main issues other expats to Indian have had to deal with?
Sick and tired of all the pessimism in the UK - not to mention the grim, grey days; Amsterdam seems like a damn good place to be, but just worried about cost of living. I'm an online writer and I'll continue making pounds - but not a lot. What's the cost of living in the Netherlands compared to the UK?
Thinking of partaking in the general madness that is the Festival in August and was wondering what the chances of finding accommodating in Edinburgh during this time period is? In general, can anyone give me the lowdown on how to go about renting property in Scotland?
My husband and I are moving from Britain to the US next year, and I'm VERY concerned about the standard/cost of healthcare in the US. The NHS has its problems, but let's be honest, it's cost-effective and in my experiences pretty accessible. Can anyone recommend a good course of action when it comes to healthcare?
I need to renew my residence permit and am Hep B positive, I've read conflicting reports on whether they test you for this still, and whether if you do test positive you will be deported. Can any expats who have been through this before advise?
My husband and I have just had an offer with Shell to move to Angola for a 2-year contract. It looks to be pretty gloomy place and as much as I'd feel horrible about leaving my 16-year-old behind, I think it might be the best possible option.
From what I've read, there's very few teenagers that do move with their parents to Angola, and those that do, have a hard time of it. The schools - especially for high schoolers - seem subpar and social circles non-existant.
I'm supposed to start Teaching English in Tokyo next month and have been getting increasingly FREAKED out given the MASSIVE earthquakes that keep splitting apart poor Japan. I keep reading in the news that they've mainly effected the norther part of the island, but can any expats living in Tokyo give me an indication of the state of affairs? Should I continue with my plans or put them on halt and look to Korea or Thailand?
Hi - does anyone have good/bad recommendations on buying individual health insurance in Russia that covers the European medical centers/other international centers? My company doesn't provide it so I need to find my own. Thanks very much.
Thinking of moving to South Africa, but worried about the safety situation in Johannesburg as I will be moving with my partner. I hear the safety in Johannesburg is not too good, what is the situation in reality? Are hijackings and muggings a risk. How about burglary? Are there safe places to live in Johannesburg? Can one walk around the city safely? It would be great to get a balanced opinion from someone who has lived there. Many thanks in advance for your advice.
I am planning a move to Sydney and want to find out about renting an apartment there. I will be staying with a distant relation for the first couple of weeks in Double Bay area, but I need to find somewhere to live asap. How easy is it to rent in Sydney; I assume there are decent estate agents. I am 26 and single and just want a small apartment somewhere central - can someone suggest a good neighbourhood to live in sydney and also give an indication of rental prices? Thank you. Melissa
Hello, my wife has been offered a job in Lagos, Nigeria and is trying to encourage me to go with him, plus our two children! I am not sure if I am mad to even be considering moving to Nigeria! Am I? One of my many concerns is finding an international English school for my children - Age six and seven. I think the company will pay the school fees, but I also want to make sure education is good enough and they may enjoy it...
I have a job opportunity in Bahrain but as you can imagine I am a bit concerned due to the recent reports of violence there. If there is anyone reading this post from Bahrain, could you reply with advice on safety in Bahrain - how bad is the situation - has it been exaggerated by the press? Best, Tom
We are moving to Cape Town in March and would like advise on the best international schools in Cape Town. We want to keep the children in the English system so want to keep them on the UK curriculum if possible. I have been told Bishops is a good school but hard to get in, which other schools are recommended? Looking forward to your help...
Hi. I'm thinking about moving in to the inner City. The places I'm looking at all have great security in the building, but some don't have proper off street parking. IS it safe to leave one's car out over night? What is the general situation re safety in Cape Town?