Expat Teach Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Teach Abroad

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...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Beijing volunteering to help combat the virus

Bilingual international expats living and working in Beijing are joining in the huge city’s war against the coronavirus pandemic. Beijing’s expat population is set at almost 150,000 and contains some 37,000 international organisations. Rather than returning to their home countries when the outbreak began, many have decided to stay in the city and defend their ‘second home’ and its residents against the deadly infection. The massive city's Chaoyang District’s nickname is the ‘embassy area’, and is home to some 60,000...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Financial fears are growing amongst Venice’s expat community

British expats in locked-down Italy are fearing the worst financially as well as health-wise. As if things weren’t bad enough, the World Health Organisation’s declaration that the coronavirus is now a pandemic is striking even more fear in the hearts of expatriate Brits living in Italy as well as sending worldwide stock markets into dramatic meltdowns. Long-stay British expats living in the iconic city of Venice are reporting eerie scenes in the historic visitor destination’s heart of San Marco Square, with one saying it’s...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expats and locals stocking up on necessities as virus victim numbers increase

Locals and expats in Europe are stocking up due to fears of forced lockdowns or voluntary quarantines. As coronavirus cases continue to increase across Europe and the risk of contracting the disease is officially raised to ‘high’, expats and locals are raiding local malls and stores. Panic shopping is increasing across the continent, with stockpiling of necessities causing empty supermarket shelves. In Italy and France, governments have announced strict rules against public events, with get-togethers of over 5,000 in enclosed...
24 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Bilingual service in Shanghai helps expat arrivals understand virus regulations

Expats in Shanghai are keen to volunteer for a bilingual service aimed at newly arrived foreigners. As across most of China’s massive cities, Shanghai locals and expats alike are now returning after the extended Spring Festival holiday. In an attempt to curb even more coronavirus infections, new procedures have been put in place at the city’s railway terminals. A team of bilingual volunteers is now meeting with non-Chinese travellers and explaining how to navigate the health declaration and other new requirements. The...
23 Feb at 9 AM 2020

Pudong local authorities rush to help expats isolated by the coronavirus

Expats in Shanghai are applauding Chinese efforts to make their lives in quarantine far easier. Shanghai’s Pudong New Area is one of the massive city’s favourite locations for resident expats, but the coronavirus panic has placed the entire community under lockdown and unable to leave their homes, even to get much-needed supplies of food. Luckily, the Chinese authorities are fully aware of their predicament and are doing all they can to help. During an English language media interview last Wednesday, social worker Jin Yun said...
23 Feb at 9 AM 2020

Laid back expats in Vietnam enjoy extra time off due to the virus

The coronavirus epidemic isn’t all bad news for expats living in Vietnam. Whilst the newly-discovered virus continues to spread its tentacles across many world cities, expats living in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City are effectively enjoying an extra holiday from their offices and schools. Despite the epidemic’s doom and gloom scenario being played out in China and the harm done to Southeast Asian countries relying on Chinese tourism to keep the economy afloat, expats in the formerly-named Saigon are still feeling safe and...
10 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Expat teachers in Vietnam give online lessons following school closures

Expats living and working in Vietnam have serious concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, especially as the country is close to Hubei province and Wuhan. Many tourists from China now visit Vietnam’s capital and flights transit via the northern neighbour. It has to be said that Vietnam has benefited economically from its closeness to China, but its many Western expatriates in the country began panicking when the virus was identified. Festivals have been cancelled and tourism sites shut down, but many believe the fear is being...
10 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Kuwait cracking down on expat professionals yet again

Kuwait continues with plans to replace 25,000 expat employees, but needs expat teachers in a variety of specialities. According to local media, Kuwait’s human resources committee is urging the emirate’s government to give the go-ahead for the replacement this year of 25,000 expat workers by citizens, plus the same numbers next year. In addition, expats who lose their jobs as a result will not be rehired on monthly salaries. The only sectors exempted from the ruling would be MOH and MOE, due to a lack of qualified Kuwaitis in both...