Expat Volunteer Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Volunteer 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...
26 May at 6 PM 2020

Beach-loving expats in Spain to be monitored by robotic drones

As Spain gets closer to opening up to international tourism, high-tech systems and volunteer beach armies preventing overcrowding are all being introduced. When the pandemic began spreading its tentacles across the world, many publications gave voice to peoples’ fears that life would never be the same again. Given the latest methods proposed by Spain in order to prevent a second wave of devastating infection, it seems the sensationalist arm of the media may have been right after all. For starters, Marbella and Benalmadena as...
15 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Spain step up to help save an abandoned emu

The focus of tragedies caused by the coronavirus pandemic is, obviously, on the appalling death toll and the possibility of an economic meltdown, but pets of all kinds also suffer when their owners die. One sad tale out of Spain concerns an emu whose owner died from the virus and was left to starve, along with the rest of the deceased’s menagerie of 27 animals. After realising urgent help was needed, one concerned local lady called the Refugio de Burrito donkey sanctuary some 450 kms away and begged for help in saving the entire...
15 May at 6 PM 2020

Vietnamese doctors giving their all to save British expat pilot

With the pandemic almost conquered in Vietnam, the country is pulling out all the stops to save one expat’s life. Identified simply as Patient 91, the male victim is a British pilot working for the country’s national carrier Vietnam Airlines. Should all efforts fail, the expat will be the first in the country to die from covid19. According to state news articles, the patient caught the virus during a mid-March trip to Ho Chih Minh City where he’d visited a bar, with medics now doing all they can to prevent his demise. Once...
4 May at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats on Cyprus urged to apply for residency by December

Since the turn of this year, the coronavirus has dominated the media, displacing Brexit as a major threat to British expats living in the EU. Even the most enthusiastic leave voter couldn’t have imagined any happening which might distract attention away from Britain’s EU divorce. Now that the pandemic is a threat to lives, economies and the very structure of modern-day life, those expats still fearful as to their rights to stay in their chosen home countries and travel at will are even more scared they might not live to experience...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expat volunteers create lifelines for sufferers across the world

Volunteer armies all over the world are fighting the pandemic and supporting its victims. As the covid-19 pandemic continues its inexorable march across our world, the millions of expat and citizen volunteers following in its wake are ambassadors of hope for all those caught in its grip. First responders aren’t just those in the hospital front lines who save lives by risking their own, they’re also the armies of worldwide volunteers who see those in need and respond with everything from food and shelter to friendship, support and...
27 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Thailand join to help Thais in need due to the pandemic

In spite of a representative of the Thai government’s verbal attacks on expats, foreigners all over the popular destination are pulling out all the stops to help Thai nationals in need. The pandemic’s devastating effect on Thailand’s tourist industry has seen small and medium sized businesses, hotels, guest houses and other hospitality sector owners left without any income and with little hope of the situation returning to anything resembling normal over the next few months. As a result, huge numbers of workers in the sector as...
24 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Southern Spain making and distributing protective masks

Concerned British expats in Spain’s Costa Blanca region are ensuring they’ve got anti-virus masks by making and distributing them within their communities. Members of the British community in San Miguel de Salinas are now getting all the protective masks they need after a team of volunteers was tasked with distributing 3,300 across the town. The masks were made both by the volunteers themselves and at a local factory after the municipality appealed for help in making and distributing the essential protections. The town is home to...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats use traditional methods to reverse desertification in Andalusia

Whilst the world battles against the coronavirus, expats in Andalusia are fighting the region’s desertification. For a decade, Western Andalusia’s agricultural heartland has been under threat from rising temperatures, low rainfall and over-farming. Already, large areas are now deserted and arid, but a dedicated group of expats are determined to rescue the land using a system which reverses desertification and returns the precious acres to their full beauty and usefulness. Some 20 hectares of formerly arid land are now a...
15 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Samaritans in Spain volunteers help expats unable to cope with the lockdown

Carrying on a highly regarded tradition of giving help where it’s most needed, the Samaritans in Spain group is supporting expats who are having difficulty coping with the coronavirus lockdown. The advent of the deadly virus in Spain has caused widespread stress and anxiety across the popular country’s expat communities, with one result an increase in the number of domestic violence reports. The Torrevieja-based Samaritans in Spain group’s Punta Marina centre is now closed down, but its dedicated volunteers are still doing all...