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Teaching English in China

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Submitted by Tabibat on Fri, 11/15/2019 - 14:01
Destination: China

My husband has been offered a job in China so the kids and i are planning to join him there. I plan to teach English while there and have searched online for TEFL courses. The reviews for most of the training providers are worrying, so i really would like to hear from someone who recently moved to China and actually used their TEFL certificate to get an English teaching job. I'm interested in knowing which provider they went with, if they do recommend them and better yet, if they were offered a legit internship (for those that promise one with their course).

How can we find a furnished house/apartment in Sydney?

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Submitted by steffih on Mon, 11/04/2019 - 22:26
Destination: Sydney

we are a Swiss Family with 3 small Children. My husband and I both work as doctors and are planning to do a fellowship in Sydney from Feb 2020 - March 2021 at Randwick Children's Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. We are looking for a furnished apartment/house. Can anyone help us? Thank you very much in advance. stefanie

Which international schools in New York City are recommended?

Destination: New York City

Hello! We are moving to NYC with two boys (4 and 9). The boys are country in a British school following Cambridge Curriculum. Ideally would like to continue in one of the international schools (does not have to Manhattan). IB or Cambridge curriculum would be ideal. Can someone provide feedback if your kids are currently attending any of the international schools in NYC? Thank you! Inna

How long took for Spanish authorities to send the answer letter for your Work Permit application?

Destination: Spain

Hi everyone. Please, if you have experience with an application process for WORK PERMIT to Spain, through a company that is hiring you, I kindly would like to know how long it takes for Spanish authorities to send the grant letter? I was told that it would take 4 weeks for that, but already 8 weeks have passed along and no answer yet. The company ANTARES that is giving us all the support, told me that probably the authorization was granted, but this is only a huge delay in sending the answer letter. They also told me that if it was rejected, the answer would come before the deadline.

Any relocation agents/coaches to be found in the Abruzzo (Province of Teramo) area?

Destination: Europe

We are a retired couple. Next year we will be moving to the town of Pineto, in the Province of Teramo (Abruzzo). We think we would benefit from the services of a relocation agent. However, when we look at ads on the internet for relocation agents, they all seem to be in the north or the big cities - Rome, Milan, etc. Anybody know of agents working in Abruzzo?

Residency related to Schengen countries

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Submitted by markpgh on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 20:26
Destination: Austria

Thank you in advance - if we become residents of Austria through a settlement Visa (retirees from us / not working), are we limited to travel in the Schengen countries for 90 days out of 180 or are we entitled to unlimited travel? We really want to be serial travelers for the next 2 or 3 years throughout Europe but feel handcuffed a bit. I am getting cross eyed trying to read up but still not sure.

What advice is available for moving to Eindhoven?

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Submitted by Chef Braga on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 17:20
Destination: Eindhoven

Hi guys, I'm really interested in moving to Eindhoven. What advice is there for a family of three with a five-year-old child? I'm a Portuguese executive chef. For the last 10 years, I've lived in Greece. I understand a little German because the last two years I've been working winter seasons in Austria also as an executicve chef. I would like to hear school recommendations and house sites and if possible job sites. Thanks and sorry for a lot of questions.

What schooling options are available in New Zealand for a child with special needs?

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Submitted by Smith on Thu, 10/31/2019 - 13:42
Destination: New Zealand

Hi all. My family and I are hoping to relocate to NZ in the new year from South Africa. I have two kids. My youngest has some learning difficulties and I have been homeschooling her as public school here wasn't a viable option. What options are available in New Zealand for her? Is homeschooling still possible?

Is education free in Argentina?

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Submitted by Anya on Thu, 10/31/2019 - 09:26
Destination: Argentina

Hi all, I am just about to finish my undergraduate degree and am looking at international schooling options to further my studies. I read online that anyone can study for free in Argentina. Is this really true for foreigners as well? Is this a viable way of getting residency? What is the quality of university education there?

Looking forward to any replies!

Austrian Residency Questions

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Submitted by markpgh on Wed, 10/30/2019 - 09:11
Destination: Austria

Hello and thank you in advance for your response(s). My wife and I are planning on retiring and moving to Austria from the USA in June 2020. We have been to the Austrian Embassy website for instructions on the procedures and most information we have reviewed makes sense. We are still not clear on which application we are to fill out - We are planning on staying at least 2 years and likely much longer. Are we filling out an application for temporary residence or long term residence?

Are the Irish good friends?

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Submitted by sunnyshine on Wed, 10/30/2019 - 04:05
Destination: Ireland


I've recently read the interviews of expats in Ireland, and they're all very positive, but some of Joanna's comments concerned me. She wrote/said:
"Dubliners are very friendly on the outside, but rarely share their real feelings and thoughts. I have a feeling they sometimes tend to look down on or be a bit patronising towards immigrants."
Do you agree with this, in Dublin or the whole island? This is a major concern for me because I would not want to live somewhere where I couldn't make meaningful relationships and/or where I didn't feel welcome/wanted.

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