Expat Volunteer Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Volunteer Abroad

14 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat donates 300 tins of dog food to struggling rescue centre

After an Estepona-based dog shelter made a desperate Facebook plea for tinned dog food, a kind-hearted British expat arrived with 300 tins. Dean Bateson-Payas admits he’s always been a dog-lover, and was very disturbed when he realised Spaniards didn’t necessarily share his affection for four-legged doggy friends. Most are just working dogs and are treated badly, he says, whilst explaining why he’s been committed to doing what he can for the much-loved, long-standing ADANA shelter in Manilva. The dog sanctuary had posted...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expat-led environmental group holds cleanups in Turkey

Tidy Turkey is yet another of the world-wide initiatives to clean up beauty spots and beaches covered in human-deposited trash. Environmentally-friendly and like-minded expats and citizens come together for a full day of cleaning up selected areas, having fun and meeting new people at the same time. Lucy Tooze, a well-travelled Australian expat now living in Turkey, is the founder of the group which held its inaugural event on last year’s World Cleanup Day. Since then, a further seven events have been organised. Lucy told local...
20 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expat owned dog shelter eviction puts abandoned dogs lives at risk

An expat-run dog shelter in Spain is desperate for help after being served an eviction notice by their landlord. The APA Nerja dog shelter was started three years ago by British expat Laura Downes, and has successfully rehomed 800 abandoned adult dogs and puppies to date. Soon after its inception it was overwhelmed by the number of abandoned pets and unable to concrete the land, causing concerns over hygiene which almost forced it to close. Downes refused to give up, and the Spanish shelter has been operating successfully ever since....
9 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Trailing spouses risk depression and divorce

Are you risking divorce if you move overseas with your husband or partner? Although divorce rates vary from country to country, it’s estimated that some 50 per cent of modern marriages fail. Tracking divorce rates amongst the international expat community worldwide is a statistical nightmare, but experienced marital therapists believe the rate could well be at an all-time high. One of the main reasons for separation and divorce is trailing spouse depression caused by the wife giving up her life and career to follow her husband....
3 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expat clubs catching on in China

If your idea of expat clubs is a dingy conference room in a mid-priced hotel crammed with doddery old guys who’d rather be in the pub, you’d be wrong – at least in Beijing. Admittedly, expatriates in China tend more towards adventure, entrepreneurship and the China experience itself, with expat organisations focusing on having fun rather than mimicking the dismal over-organised clubs in several southeast Asian destinations which seem to specialise in topics such as ‘ making your will’, ‘preparing for death’ and the best...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Shanghai animal shelter seeks expat volunteers and fosterers for abandoned pets

Chinese locals and expats in Shanghai are working together to save abandoned pets. People for Pets was started in 2015 by Samantha and Ann, two expat ladies distressed by the number of abandoned pets in the giant city. Three years in, it’s a group of experienced rescuers bridging the gap between animal protection and animal welfare in Shanghai. Every dog and cat saved has either been born on the streets or abused and abandoned by their former owners, and is treated by vets for both physical and mental problems before settling down...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Singaporean expat charity fund acts as a mobile workforce for good

Singapore’s Expatland Giving Back Fund channels expats willing to give their labour to help those in dire straits in the wealthy city-state. Started by John Marcarian, the volunteer organisation is composed of expat residents in what Marcarian refers to a ‘Expatland’ an imaginary country whose citizens are all part of the 21st century exodus from home countries worldwide. The organisation is the philanthropic arm of his international tax consultancy and attracts a good number of expat volunteers, some of whom are his staff...
30 May at 6 PM 2018

Tips for new arrivals in Qatar

In the minds of a good many expats who’ve recently relocated to Qatar, the culture is about as foreign as it can possibly get. It’s possible that adjusting to a Gulf State relocation is one of the biggest challenges of international expat life, but the experience doesn’t have to be a nightmare and unfamiliarity doesn’t have to be a threat. One key to unlocking the secrets of this fascinating region is to expect the unexpected and stay open-minded rather than sticking to a preconceived plan. In reality, life in Qatar can be...
23 May at 6 PM 2018

Expat help needed for documentary on Andalusia abandoned dogs

A British filmmaker needs help from expats in Andalusia for his documentary on abandoned dogs. London resident Paul Murphy became aware first-hand about Spain’s abandoned dogs scandal when he drove from the UK to Los Barrios to collect his newly-adopted stray dog from a local shelter. Shock and horror was his reaction when he saw the huge numbers of abandoned pets, and provided the inspiration for his documentary, Dogland. The film follows the struggles of expat volunteers who’d taken over the shelter in which dogs were summarily...
18 May at 6 PM 2018

Supportive expat community in Costa del Sol rewarded by Royal Wedding event

Being an expat in a strange land isn’t roses all the way, but having a supportive community on hand can save the day. The British expatriate community in Spain’s Costa del Sol have been there when they were needed endless times over the past decades, often finding out about other expats having a hard time via local English language media. Once the story has been told, an upsurge of friendly faces and supportive gestures is invariably the result. In a way, it’s a reminder of earlier days in expats’ home countries when...