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Should I be worried about healthcare and getting sick moving to Malawi?

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Submitted by Smith on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 08:56
Destination: Malawi

Hi Expat Arrivals,

My partner and I are moving to Malawi and we've read that malaria is a big issue there. Although some people say we should be fine and not to worry, we'd like some info on healthcare in Malawi. Should we be worried about malaria and getting sick from other diseases? What can we do to prevent getting sick and what can we do for treatment?

Thank you.

What are the pros and cons of living inside or outside of Moscow city centre?

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Submitted by taylor1 on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 06:09
Destination: Moscow


My family and I are planning to move to Moscow next year. It will be my spouse and two teenage kids. We were wondering what are some of the good and bad aspects of living in the city centre and the garden ring compared to living outside of the city. What sort of accommodation should we look for? How can we find the best options in Moscow? What sort of areas would be suitable for a family with two teenagers?



Why does my newly applied work visa application for Bahrain show Visa expired?

Destination: Bahrain

My employer has recently applied for a Bahrain work visa twice, but official website of Bahrain shows "Visa Expired". Has anyone had a similar experience and does anyone know the reason why the visa expired? It would be helpful if anyone can guide me on this.



Ali Raza

What should I do as a expat living in South Africa during the Coronavirus pandemic?

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Submitted by Anya on Wed, 03/18/2020 - 13:03
Destination: South Africa

Hi there, 

I'm an expat living in South Africa. I've lived here for the past five years and my kids were both born here. So, basically its home now. 

With coronavirus spreading, do you think it's possible that the public and or private hospitals would start prioritizing patients who are South African, leaving those of us who are not South Africans with a lower quality or medical care?

Things my husband and I are thinking through to determine if I should return to my home country for the time being, although my family would not necessarily be able to accompany me.

What is the cost of living in Wroclaw, Poland?

Destination: Poland

Is 13000 PLN gross salary on a permanent contract enough to live in Wroclaw, Poland? I am moving there from India. My wife will also join me on dependant visa and will be searching for a job here. What will be net salary as private medical insurance is included in the package?

What are the healthcare options in Saudi Arabia for someone with diabetes?

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Submitted by thiggy on Tue, 03/17/2020 - 10:39
Destination: Jeddah

Hi all,

I have been offered a new role in Jeddah, I am British and currently live and work in London.

I am type 1 diabetic therefore I use two insulins, needles and a freestyle libre, which currently I get each month as part of the NHS.

The company has said to me every employee is covered with Bupa VIP, however, after looking online I cannot see what this covers and if it would cover my condition and medication.

What are the schooling options in Ottawa for the IGCSE and IB curriculum?

Destination: Ottawa


We are a Belgian family, currently living in France. We will move to Ottawa in the summer of 2021.

Our 3 boys are enrolled in the International School of Toulouse (IGCSE and IB curriculum). 

We would like to know if there are schools in Ottawa, apart from the international schools, that also follow the IGCSE and IB curriculum? 

Thanks :-)


Is having one car for a family of four doable in Dallas, USA?

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Submitted by GlobalNomad on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 10:46
Destination: Dallas

Hi all,

My husband and I will be moving to Dallas, Texas by mid-year. It will be the two of us and our two young children. We are planning on buying a car that will mostly be used by my husband for work. Our friends are now saying that we would need two cars as public transport isn't very good.

Will we be able to manage with a single car while living in Dallas? Are there public transport options in case I need to go out while not having the car?

Hope someone can help!

What is life and teaching like in Kuwait?

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Submitted by kwcoggin on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 14:55
Destination: Kuwait

I have an upcoming interview for a teaching position at Al-Bayan Bilingual School in Kuwait. I currently live in USA (Virginia). 

I am wondering if anyone is a teacher there and can give me information about what it is like working in Kuwait? Do you have any insights into daily life, lifestyle and culture in Kuwait? Do you recommend it? 

Can you give me any interview tips (types of questions to be prepared to answer or specifics to ask)?  If you are a parent and have a child/children there what has their/your experience been? 

What type of work can I find in Timișoara?

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Submitted by theo777 on Tue, 03/10/2020 - 21:18
Destination: Romania

I am a graphic design student interested in finding work in Timisoara when I graduate next year. From my research, this career isn't paid so well in Romania.

What could you recommend for me to do in Timisoara for a higher or more comfortable salary? I am Romanian and speak the language fluently. What options do I have as an expat to make the move worth it?


Thank you,


Can I get some info on the cost of living in Darwin, Australia?

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Submitted by manjunathc on Tue, 03/10/2020 - 06:09
Destination: Australia

Hi All,

I am planning to move to Australia along with my family with 491 sub class Visa.

I would be interested in knowing the cost of living in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. It would be of great help if you could give me some insights into some of the basics such as rent, food, insurance, entertainment, utilities, etc. 

Thanks so much!


How does PAYE tax work in Kenya?

Destination: Nairobi

Hi everyone,

Please could someone help me with understanding the Kenyan PAYE tax? My husband has been offered a job (gross salary) and we've used various online gross>net pay calculators specifically for Kenya but get VERY different net salary outcomes.

Obviously, before accepting the job, we want to find out actually how much he'll be able to take home each month. If he has been offered KSH598, 251 gross per month, what will his net salary be? Sorry if we're being foolish here but we don't want to relocate and find out that it isn't what we expected.

Are there many management job opportunities in Philadelphia?

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Submitted by MarianaNieto on Sun, 03/01/2020 - 16:45
Destination: Philadelphia


My partner will be transferred from Zurich to Philadelphia this year. I am willing to join him and so I am looking for a job in Philadelphia that matches my background and work experience. 

So far, I have applied remotely to some companies. Do you have recommendations on recruitment agencies or headhunters that could support my job search?

What are job opportunities in Philadelphia in the field of management consulting, business development, or product management within the life sciences or food sector?


Kind regards,

Mariana Nieto

Is rented accommodation in Kuala Lumpur usually furnished or not?

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Submitted by on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 10:22
Destination: Kuala Lumpur

We are looking to move to KL in June and needed to know if houses in KL that are available to rent are furnished or not?

By furnished, I mean, basic furniture, electronic goods etc. Are they a part of the deal or do we need to buy them once we finalize on a house? 

What is the monthly rent for a furnished 3 bedroom apartment in Geneva?

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Submitted by davidwand on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 09:39
Destination: Geneva

Would anyone know the approximate rent per month to rent a 3 bedroom furnished apartment in Geneva?  I am looking for furnished rental accommodation in Geneva for a couple with 2 young children, ages 3 and 6.  Any suggestions?

What does Corona Virus mean for my forthcoming move to China ?

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Submitted by Smith on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 09:28
Destination: Shanghai

Hey there,

As the beginning of this year I was offered an exciting job offer in China which I accepted. I'm due to move from London to Shanghai in July with my wife and daughter. 

I'm now a little concerned about the move because of the Corona Virus situation. We've already set the wheels in motion in terms of finding accommodation and applying to schools, etc. Now, I'm wondering whether we need to put the brakes on the relocation process.

Are there any expats currently in Shanghai that can offer some insights? What are feelings on the ground? Is it safe?

What can I expect living as a gay expat in Doha?

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Submitted by mrbrianhobbs on Fri, 02/21/2020 - 03:26
Destination: Doha

Hello! Just curious as to what a middle age gay man might experience living as an expat in Doha. Offered a teaching job as a primary teacher at an international school. Having lived in many international places I’m used to culture shock. Any comments? Thanks everyone!!

Are there schools where my 5 year old can learn Dutch in Eindhoven?

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Submitted by Chef Braga on Thu, 02/20/2020 - 11:01
Destination: Eindhoven


I'm moving to Eindhoven with my wife and 5-year-old daughter (she only speaks Greek and understands Portuguese). We are looking for advice for school options where she can learn to speak Dutch.


Bruno Braga

Should I move to London before Brexit becomes a reality?

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Submitted by taylor1 on Wed, 02/19/2020 - 14:30
Destination: London

I visited London a few years ago and fell in love with the city. I'm from Poland and from what I understand that I am from an EU member state, I can still move to the UK during this transitional period before Brexit really comes into action. In which case, it really is now or never for me and I've been weighing up this decision for a while. 

What are the positives and negatives of expat life in the city? Also, is there hostility to foreigners now? 

I'd love to get some insights from expats already living in London so I can make a well-thought-out decision. 

Are there any American naturopathic doctors practicing in the Netherlands?

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Submitted by rodnington on Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:08
Destination: The Netherlands

I'm wondering if there are any ND's successfully practicing who had received their training from an American-accredited naturopathic medical school?  If so, I'm curious what process was required and what challenges you faced?

Thanks for sharing!


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