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Guest Blog: Book Review

Here you are – new place, new country, so much to do – now!  And you don’t even know how to ask what, when and how.  Your aim is to have a good life in this strange new place.  Learning the language can help you in that aim both in the short and longer term.  It helps you integrate with locals and earn their respect, meet other newcomers in the same situation as yourself, have a structure to your week and,...

How a Dutch dream came true in Nigeria

Micky Nijboer strides through the Saddle Club with contagious enthusiasm. ‘Let me show you around this little piece of paradise.’ The 9-hectare oasis lies in the pounding heart of Lagos – one of the world’s most densely crowded megacities. Outside the perimeter wall, car horns, street hawkers and truck motors screech and roar. But tranquillity blankets the horse-riding club this Wednesday morning. A gardener splashes...

Expatriation: What’s in it for you?

Question: Are you the partner of an international employee? Have you struggled with the need to reinvent yourself at each new posting? Do you wonder what you are going to do during your time in Lagos?  If you answer yes to any of the above, come to a workshop that will inspire you to find meaningful opportunities for yourself during your time in Lagos and for the duration of your mobile life. What: Workshop –...

The blindness of expat privilege

“An expat is anyone who lives in a country outside their birthplace.” Right, so that would make South Asian ‘guest workers’ in Dubai expats, right? Well, no. Those guest workers are manual labourers who work for low wages. OK, so to be an expat you have live outside your passport country AND have a well-paying job. Well, that would make many immigrants expats but we wouldn’t call them expats because they plan on...

Moving as a step in your life goals

For women who accompany their expatriate partners from location to location, moving means that they need to re-invent their lives every few years. In this short YouTube video I hope to inspire women to look at each posting as a step towards their long-term life goals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7MJwrWHjaA&feature=youtu.be The video was filmed during a talk I gave to a group of diplomatic partners. These were women...
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