Expat Teach Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Teach Abroad

26 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Myanmar concerned over China’s growing influence

Expat teachers and volunteers in Myanmar are worried and confused over the government’s increasing friendship with China. Myanmar’s next elections are due this November, with no postponement due to the pandemic expected. The outright winner is expected to be the National League for Democracy headed up by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, even although the party has lost a good deal of support in the country’s ethnic regions, possibly due to the leader’s increasing ties to China. Formerly, and mostly due to Suu Kyi’s...
22 May at 6 PM 2020

Trapped South African expat teachers in Cambodia have nowhere to turn

One of the major difficulties caused by a lack of international coordination after the pandemic hit is that huge numbers are trapped outside their home countries. Since the pandemic became established in the vast majority of world countries, a huge number of travellers are now trapped overseas with no way of returning home. As country after country slammed on lockdowns and border closures in order to protect their citizens, many of those needing the same protection were stuck in lands where few or no precautions were being taken....
19 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat English teaches in Seoul up in arms over visa changes

Expat teachers in South Korea are now facing tough new visa restrictions. As if dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t enough, South Korea’s government has just introduced tough new visa regulations. The expat-friendly F2-7 long-term residency visa rulings have now been altered to favour expat professionals receiving higher wages. The move is believed to be an attack on English language teachers following a virus outbreak in the capital’s Itaewon nightlife hub. Hand-in-hand with other Southeast Asian...
13 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat repatriation flights to UAE now available

For expats working overseas, one of the worst aspects of the pandemic is being unable to return to your present country of residence due to lockdowns. It’ll never be known exactly how many expat professionals on business trips became the modern equivalent of stateless persons, simply due to the fact they were in the wrong place when lockdowns were declared. For those stranded overseas, adhering to requirements such as two-week quarantines, compulsory health insurance covering covid19 treatment when no such insurance is available and...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Oak National Academy now available online for expat kids

Expat parents worried about their children’s schooling can take advantage of Southern Spain’s free online lessons. One of the present day major concerns for all parents is the lack of organised education now that schools are closed for an indefinite period. For those in Spain, a lifeline has now been thrown via the UK-supported online Oak National Academy. The online service is free and will stay open at least until schools return to normal. The programme is being sponsored by the British Department for Education and offers...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2020

UK coronavirus chaos leaves expats wishing they’d stayed in Wuhan

Many British expats who fled Wuhan when the pandemic erupted now wish they’d stayed put. As the scary news of the coronavirus outbreak hit the international media and China began its lockdowns, many expats living and working in Wuhan headed back to the UK as quickly as possible, either under their own steam or via evacuation flights involving last-minute scrambles to get to the airport in time. All the UK’s repatriated citizens were forced into quarantine for two weeks, watching in horror as the virus began to take its toll on...
7 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Dublin charity gets €20,000 worth of masks from Irish expats in China

An appeal by an Irish expat living and working in China has resulted in donations totalling €20,000 being used to send protective equipment to the home country. Fiona Sheahan, an expat teacher at a Shanghai primary school, also heads up an Irish community group holding traditional cultural events such as St Patrick’s Day, cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Intending to raise money for essential personal protection items desperately needed back home, she posted on WeChat calling for donations. Much to her amazement, over four...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Oz expats trapped in Cambodia getting no help from their government

An Oz expat group is trapped in Cambodia after the Australian government ignored their pleas for help. As fears mount over the likelihood of a full lockdown and state of emergency in Cambodia, a group of 85 Australian expatriates desperate to leave are being refused any assistance from their government. Commercial flights out of the Southeast Asian country are being sold at extortionate rates and then cancelled, forcing those affected to pay even more with no guarantee of further cancellations. Worse still, most routes to Australia...
24 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Vietnam trapped with no consular assistance

Expat English teachers in Vietnam are facing homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic. As have many other world countries, Vietnam has closed down all its schools, leaving expat English teachers without salaries and potentially without homes. The Asian Tiger state had been focusing on English as a second language for all its pupils, but the schools are now shuttered with no plans to reopen until the pandemic subsides. Vietnam was one of the first Southeast Asian countries to take the threat of Covid-19 seriously and close down...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Tourists and expats herded into Spanish airports as lockdown began

Just before the lockdown began, social distancing was the last thing on tourists’ and expats’ minds at Malaga Airport’s security gates. Huge numbers of tourists as well as expats had been dumped at the airport by their hotels as Spain went public with its lockdown strategy, with notices informing guests of the government’s ban coinciding with airlines’ plans to return passengers to their home countries. Given that most of those in the huge queues were either furious or terrified, advising unwilling passengers to conform to...