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How to Prepare for Natural Disasters Overseas

Natural disasters can strike anywhere, anytime. As expats, you might experience other forms of natural disasters that you’re not used to. So how do you prepare for natural disasters while living abroad? Here are some of the best ways to prepare yourself and your loved ones for natural disasters overseas.

Gather Information

Before you move, one of the things you should know about your host country are the types of natural disasters that are commonly expected in the country, e.g., earthquakes, snow storms, volcano eruptions, tsunamis, typhoons, hurricanes and the like. You can prepare for natural disasters better once you’ve determined the type calamities that are common in your host country. It will also serve you well to research about the expat community’s movement of in your host country during times of disasters. Enter some forums and read blogs, information about other expats’ experiences can be very helpful especially if you are moving to a country that has many possible natural disasters.

 

Have a Worst-Case Scenario Plan

Having a plan for the worst-case scenarios does not mean you are paranoid. What this means is that, you just need to have the basics in case there is an emergency and avoid once you’re faced with these situations. This is something that you should not take for granted especially when you are with your family. Have an exit strategy for worst case scenarios in your house and brief your family about it. Gather all the necessary phone numbers— the Red Cross, your country’s embassy and all the needed emergency hotline numbers—have them somewhere accessible at all times. Keep an old phone charged with emergency numbers and contacts that you may use in case your phone runs out of batteries.

Always have torchlight and batteries ready for use in every room and have a stock of food and medicine in your house.

 

Watch the News

Always be on alert during disaster season in your host country. Don’t take the local news for granted. Stay tuned and take notes when they are giving information about shelters and emergency contacts to have more information when disaster strikes. It also pays to have a connection to the local expat community to have your own group to fall back on, in case you need it.

 

Know Your Surroundings

Asses the area around your house or apartment. If you are living in a country where typhoons or hurricanes and tornados are common, it’s better to keep any large trees in your yard or around your house trimmed. If you are living in a condo apartment or something similar, and earthquakes are prominent, pay attention to emergency exits in your building and check the emergency evacuation procedures in the building. Ask the management if they have a specific guide for earthquakes and other natural disasters.

 

Be Completely Covered

 

When you are living overseas, there are many things you can experience, and sadly, it’s not always going to be good. It’s always best to have insurance like international health, property, home and car insurance and the like, especially if you are living with your family abroad. International private insurance might be a bit more expensive, but you will definitely have a peace of mind once you have the basic types of coverage for you and your family.

Natural disasters are inevitable no matter where you are, but that doesn’t mean that you just have to take it as it comes. There are many things you can do to prepare and be ready for any kind of disaster even when you are living in a foreign land. It is better to be 5 years early, than a minute too late.

 

 

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5 Tips for Finding an Expat Job

5 Tips for Finding an Expat Job - ExpatFinder Blog

 

The expat lifestyle offers many opportunities for professional and personal growth, which is why it is not a surprise to learn that the number of expats worldwide has increased significantly over the past few years. For those who want to start an expat life, or for those who are looking for tips for a new direction in their lives as a professional expat, here are five of the most effective tips to land an expat job.

 

1. Research

5 Tips for Finding an Expat Job - ExpatFinder BlogBefore you dive in into the expat world, do some due diligence and find out more about what it means to be an expat. Read about the expat lifestyle and see what kind of jobs welcome expats or if your current job is prominent in your selected host country. Know how to pick your country of expatriation. If you think you already have your dream job, but you just want to experience living as an expat, you can also try to talk to your superiors and see if they would be able to send you on an expat assignment. Gather as much information as you can about labour laws and the job market, and find out what type of job recruitment platforms are popular and effective in your chosen country of expatriation.

 

2. Fine Tune Your CV5 Tips for Finding an Expat Job - ExpatFinder Blog

Don’t underestimate the power of your CV. Review your own body of work and try to adapt it to fit in the local market of your host country. Have your experiences laid out in a way that will make you useful in the global and local process of any company that you apply for. If you haven’t moved to your new host country or if you simply haven’t decided where to move yet, you can create a Linkedin profile, or if you already have one, adjust your profile to show that you are exploring global opportunities. You might receive an offer along the line that can help you decide where to move as an expat.

 

3. Networking

5 Tips for Finding an Expat Job - ExpatFinder BlogMost people underestimate the power of networking and referrals when it comes to job hunting. For expats, this is one of the best ways to get a job and be a part of a community at the same time. Networking points you to the right direction of companies and people who are willing to hire expats. By gaining contacts in the expat community, you will also have more info about the types of expat jobs and expat lifestyle in your chosen country. If mingling and networking is not really your thing, you can start small by joining expat job forums online or through social media sites like Linkedin, Facebook and Google+, then gradually try to join in their community events.

 

 

 

4. Identify the Right Expat Job Market5 Tips for Finding an Expat Job - ExpatFinder Blog

Learn to identify the type of expat job market available in different countries so that you may be able to adapt your experience and skills more to what is available in your chosen host country. Target global companies; multi-national corporations tend to have a more accommodating attitude towards expats especially cause they would have more use for people who have experience beyond the local market.

 

 

5. Give it Your 100% Commitment

5 Tips for Finding an Expat Job - ExpatFinder BlogDeciding to be an expat shouldn’t be a halfhearted decision; this is a big, possibly life altering decision that you should be 100% committed to. Before you arrive to your chosen host country or as soon as you arrive, you should already have a dedicated schedule in finding a job. You are not a tourist. Don’t worry; you will have more time to sight-see when you’re already a resident. Your primary goal is to explore all options to be able to find all available opportunities for you. Don’t be too picky when sending your CV, send applications to every job opportunity available. After that, you can make your own short list of options once you receive the response from different companies.

 

The expat lifestyle definitely opens doors to a bright future. You have to be open and prepared for all opportunities while living abroad. With the proper knowledge, the right attitude and a little effort, you could land the perfect expat job.    

 

 

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FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap

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The world cup is over and like football’s billions of fans worldwide, we are having quite a football hangover. The FIFA 2014 world cup is one of the most interesting world cup matches in history with shocking performances from less known football teams, early exits of football giants, to rising stars and fading superstars. For one last FIFA fix, we give you a recap of the highlights, the injuries, the players and what we learned from the 2014 FIFA Expats’ world cup.

 

Highlights

Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder BlogGermany, a team that is 30% expat dominated the whole competition including an astounding 7-1 victory against the homecourt team Brazil in the semi-finals. One of Germany’s expat players, Miroslav Klose also broke records by scoring his 16th world cup goal, breaking the previous record by the retired Brazilian football star, Ronaldo de Lima and therefore becoming the world cup’s leading scorer of all time.

The month long spectacle had unexpected events such as the early exit of world cup favourites such Spain (the 2010 champions), Portugal, Italy and England. Of course with the exit of the favourites come the rise of the underdogs; the US advanced up to round of 16 before they were ultimately defeated by Belgium. Colombia, a notional team that has been unable to qualify since 1998, unexpectedly rose to the quarter finals and understated teams such as Mexico, Costa Rica and Ghana delivered performances beyond expectations.Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder Blog

The most notable matches in the round of 16 are the Colombia-Uruguay match where Colombia’s James Rodriguez, an expat in France, emerged as the new rising star of football, the Belgium-USA match where USA’s Tim Howard, an expat in England, broke the record for the most goals saved in a world cup match with 16 saves in one game.

The quarter finals’ match faced off the breakout star of the 2010 world cup, Brazil’s Neymar Jr. and Colombia’s 2014 breakout star James Rodriguez. It was also in this match that Neymar Jr. sustained a back injury that ultimately ended his time in this year’s world cup. Without one of their best flag carriers, Brazil faced Germany and ultimately lost with a heartbreaking score of 7-1. The Netherlands-Argentina match was decided through penalties with Argentina emerging as the winner. Germany prevailed 1-0 at the finals and concluded this year’s world cup as the undisputed champions.

 

Injuries

Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder BlogThere were a lot of injuries were sustained in this year’s FIFA world cup, some maybe more believable than others, but never the less, the players’ injuries definitely made headline news during the course of the world cup.

The most sensationalized injury incident was Luis Suarez’s four month ban from football following his infamous bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder during Uruguay’s match against Italy. The infamous incident has since been a popular joke worldwide, with tourists and fans even going as far as taking a photo with Luis Suarez’ poster for Adidas. Suarez and Chiellini were able to work things out pleasantly with a public apology and acceptance via twitter, but FIFA refused to shorten the ban against Suarez, delaying the announcement of his transfer from Liverpool to FC Barcelona.

Other notable injuries are Neymar Jr.’s vertebra fracture Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder Blogafter Juan Zúñiga kneed him in the back before the end of Brazil’s match against Colombia. The injury sparked conspiracies mentioning the possibility of Neymar faking the injury to escape the humiliating loss against Germany.

Many other injuries are questioned by spectators leading to many jokes and memes about football players faking injuries.

 

 

Rising Stars

Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder BlogThe unexpected turn of events also meant that there were unexpected heroes that stepped out of the shadows and became global sensations.

Tim Howard, became the hero for all Americans after his record breaking saves in the match against Belgium where he saved 6 goals in one match. Like Howard, other team goalies took much of the spotlight and became internet sensations like Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa, an expat in France, became famous due to his striking resemblance to the famous TV star, How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor (a.k.a. Ted Mosby). If Howard and Ochoa became famous, Brazil’s goalie, Julio Cesar faced a roar of Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder Blogcriticism over the Brazil-Germany match for allowing 7 goals under his watch. James Rodriguez became the star of FIFA 2014 even despite the world cup expat superstar, Lionel Messi ultimately winning the Golden Ball, Rodriguez won over the hearts of millions with his impressive skills and creativity, scoring 6 goals in 4 games. His boyish good looks also help the popularity of course.

 

 

What We Learned

Brazil World Cup 2014 – FIFA Expats’ World Cup Recap - ExpatFinder BlogPassion drives the body and mind; Football fans will go to great lengths to watch a game and show their team support. For expats in Asia or Australia, that means staying up till 4 in the morning and going to work exhausted for a month.

The majority of the best football players in the world are expats and this is because they follow the best opportunities presented to them in order to improve their skills, play on the best teams and provide better lives for their families. In these and many other aspects that we have shown over the past month with our player profiles, expats all over the world can really relate to these expat football superstars.

We hope you enjoyed our month long FIFA special. Stay tuned for more Expat blog specials in ExpatFinder.com

 

 

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http://funatphoto.com

http://www.thenational.ae

 

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Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Ezequiel Garay – Expat in Portugal

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Full Name:  Ezequiel Marcelo Garay González

Nickname:  The Wall

Country of Origin:  Argentina

Age: 27

Marital Status: Married

Family:  Wife Tamara Gorro

Current Club: FC Zenit Saint Petersburg

FIFA Team:  Argentina

Expat in: Portugal (Garay was previously with Portuguese football club S.L. Benfica; however, on June 25, 2014, Benfica sold him to Russian football club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, so he will soon be moving to Russia after the 2014 FIFA World Cup)

Endorsement Deals:  Adidas

Interesting Interviews: In this interview, Garay thanks his former club Benfica for the support that he’s received while with them

Controversies: None

Ezequiel Garay was born in the city of Rosario in Argentina. At the age of 18, he made his professional debut under the sports club Newell's Old Boys in the Argentine top division. In 2005, he joined La Liga club Racing Club de Santander and played for seven matches. In 2008, he suffered a serious leg injury which made him unable to play for the remainder of the La Liga season. In May 2008, Racing Club de Santander sold him to Real Madrid, but he was loaned back to Racing Club de Santander for a season-long loan. In 2009, he made his league debut for Real Madrid in the opening game of the season.

Garay continued playing for Real Madrid until July 2011, when he transferred to football club S.L. Benfica in Portugal for a fee of 5.5 million euros. On June 25, 2014, Benfica sold him to Russian football club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. He expressed his delight through Benfica’s official website. "I want to thank everyone who supported me in these three magnificent years I spent at Benfica. I want to especially thank the president, who believed and bet on me, and thank the manager, who made me improve and reach a level that makes me very proud," he said. He plans to join his new Russian teammates once the 2014 World Cup finishes. At present, Garay is playing for his native Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Ezequiel Garay - ExpatFinder BlogEzequiel Garay kisses his wife Tamara on an outing

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Ezequiel Garay - ExpatFinder BlogEzequiel Garay wears a football jersey designed for the national team of Argentina

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Ezequiel Garay - ExpatFinder BlogEzequiel Garay appears in an advertisement for Adidas

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Ezequiel Garay - ExpatFinder BlogEzequiel Garay and Tamara Gorro at their wedding

 

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http://www.redcarpetwedding.org/

 

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Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski – Expat in England

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Full Name: Lukas Josef Podolski

Nickname:  Prince Poldi; Prince of Cologne

Country of Origin:  Poland

Age: 29

Marital Status: Married

Family:  Wife Monika Podolski and son Louis Gabriel Podolski

Current Club: Arsenal

FIFA Team: Germany

Expat in: England

Interests:  Enjoys playing on his playstation and is a big fan of boxing and the Polish football club Górnik Zabrze

Cars:  Bentley Continental GT Speed and Hyundai ix35 Tucson SUV

Endorsement Deals: Adidas and Pepsi

Interesting Interviews:  In this interview, Podolski talks about being a newcomer in English football club Arsenal.

Controversies:  Podolski took part in an Adidas advertisement that featured football players holding bloody cow hearts, which angered animal rights activists

Lukas Podolski was born in the city of Gliwice in Poland. He moved to West Germany at the age of two with his family and was given German citizenship as a result of his paternal grandparents having German citizenship prior to World War II. Podolski began playing football at the age of six in the youth team FC 07 Bergheim. In 1995, he joined football club 1. FC Köln where his skills were first noticed. In 2006, He began getting offers from other football clubs such as Liverpool, Real Madrid, Hamburger SV, Bayern Munich, and Werder Bremen. In June 2006, he announced that a transfer agreement had been made with Bayern Munich, with the transfer fee being speculated to cost around 10 million euros. In 2009, he returned to 1. FC Köln after he failed to get into Bayern’s first choice lineup.

In 2012, it was announced that Podolski had signed a long-term deal with football club Arsenal for an unnamed fee. He moved to England to be with the club. When asked about his thoughts on London, he said that his thoughts are very good. “I do not live in central London, but near to the city. I have been out and about in the city a few times and I’ve already seen many beautiful sights. When you have so many games and training sessions you are on the road a lot, but I feel at home, my family feels at home, and ultimately, that is the most important thing,” he said in an interview. At present, Podolski is playing for the German national team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski - ExpatFinder BlogLukas Podolski is a fan of boxing, and in this picture, he models a Mike Tyson print T-shirt

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski - ExpatFinder BlogLukas Podolski is featured in a Pepsi advertisement, as part of a campaign for the European Cup

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski - ExpatFinder BlogLukas Podolski wears a Christmas sweater in support of charity group Save the Children on Christmas Jumper Day

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski - ExpatFinder BlogLukas Podolski poses with his wife Monika Podolski

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski - ExpatFinder BlogLukas Podolski carries his son Louis Gabriel Podolski out from the football stands

Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: Lukas Podolski - ExpatFinder BlogLukas Podolski displays the Silver/White/Red f50 adiZero football boots, which he designed himself

 

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http://www.lukas-podolski.com/

 

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