Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Expat Women: Looking For A Way To Shop Conveniently From Any US Website?

Hi Everyone, We are very excited to announce today our partnership with our new Bronze Sponsor, US Global Mail! 

If only I had known about US Global Mail years ago, it would have saved me many a frustration of not being able to buy what I wanted on US websites unless I was visiting the US... and it would have saved me all those excess baggage costs when I did visit the US and ambitiously brought back everything I had not been able to get since my last US visit.

If you are looking for the services they offer, please do support the companies that support us. Warmest thanks, Andrea.

US Global Mail

"Serving expats for the last 15 years, US Global Mail offers mail forwarding and fulfilment services to individuals and corporates.  Whether you are an expatriate from the US, travel for business, or are frequently abroad for pleasure, US Global Mail's mail and package forwarding service ensures your mail gets to you in a reliable, cost effective and timely manner."

Live outside of the US and want to shop US based websites that don’t ship internationally?

"Open an account with us to get your very own US street address, direct your shopping packages to your new US account and accept delivery anywhere in the world.  Don’t ever be locked out on great deals from eBay, Amazon and popular discounted designer apparel websites again, sign up today!"

Thanks US Global Mail for your support!

Expat Forum 2010: Washington D.C., Tuesday October 12

Hi Everyone, If you are an expatriate, a repatriate, a service provider to expatriates, a HR professional or Global Mobility Manager, I encourage you to join us at the Expat Forum 2010 being hosted by our Silver Sponsor Clements International, on Tuesday October 12 in Washington.

It should be a fun morning (I'll be there!) and it includes a free breakfast to charge your batteries for the day.

Here are the details (please tell your friends - and remember to register by October 4!):

Clements Presents: The Expat Forum 2010

"Clements International presents a panel discussion about contemporary expat life, and the unique challenges and advantages of being an expat in 2010 and beyond. Join us for breakfast, networking and an open forum to address issues affecting expats today and in the future.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
U.S. Navy Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC
Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial

Registration is free and open to anyone interested in attending.
Deadline to Register: Monday, Oct. 4."

Thanks and maybe see you soon in Washington!  Please register here


Survey: What is an Expat Woman's Role in Top-Level Management Decision-Making?

Hi Everyone, Pamela Muñoz is an expat in South Korea who is doing her thesis on professional/working expat women in Asia and needs your help...

If you fit her criteria above, Pamela would love 10 minutes of your time to please complete her online survey entitled "Expat Women's Role in Top-Level Management Decision-Making".

"I would like to ask for your help in getting participants to answer a survey I have developed for all working, professional expat women.  I'd like to know what types of work they do, what industry, what country and how empowered they feel in their positions.

My theory is that many of the high-level women professionals, in male-dominated societies, are still not being regarded as a true asset. This has been my experience working in Korea, along with some of my other female colleagues.

My thesis is trying to identify if this is only true of Korea or in other countries as well.  All too often, the expat (male or female) is simply a figure head to show how 'global' the company is but that person has little say in true decision making for the firm.  This is a quantitative study to either prove or disprove my theory." Pamela

Please click here to participate in the survey, or click here to email Pamela directly.  Thanks.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Léman Expat Fair in Lausanne, Switzerland, Sunday October 31

Hi Everyone, If you are living in (or planning to move to) Lausanne, Switzerland, don't miss this year's Léman Expat Fair at the Palais de Bealieu in Lausanne, on Sunday October 31, from 11am to 5 pm.

Over 100 exhibitors will be there to help you learn what services and providers are in Lausanne to serve the local international community.  Including: professional services (banking, insurances, auto importing/exporting, tax advice, career coaching, business clubs and professional printing needs); sports camps for kids; adult sports and fitness clubs; language studies; driving schools; international schools and higher education providers; health, beauty and dental services; stress management coaching; real estate advice, house, home and garden services; home decorating; wine distributors and wine tasting; family lifestyle services; international social clubs; churches; entertainment venues and more.

Admission is free, so mark your calendar and go along if you can!  Andrea

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Clements International's Expat Youth Scholarship Winners

Hi Everyone, Last week, our valued Silver Sponsor Clements International were excited to announce the six winners of their 2010 Expat Youth Scholarship.

To see the groovy 'Life in a Flying House' video, please click here.

To see the winners, their artwork and essays, please click here.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you Clements International for supporting our expat community by again giving away US$10,000 to our young global nomads!

Best wishes for your day/evening, Andrea.

Missed Some Great Expat Links On Twitter?

Hi Everyone, Here are some expat-related articles and links that I have tweeted about recently, that might interest you:

Best time to book an airline ticket? http://bit.ly/c1sykA

Great interview with expat entrepreneur Tara Agacayak about how she reinvented herself in Turkey http://bit.ly/9hTaZK

Expats who have returned home: Please help Honors student with repatriation survey http://bit.ly/dpUmvT

New! Expat Forum 2010: Guest Speaker Panel (I'll be there!): Oct 12 Washington: Read press release http://bit.ly/aI89yO

How Do You Make Your Blog Addictive? http://bit.ly/d3FE1w

Expat Focus podcast with British author in the U.S., Toni Hargis http://bit.ly/d6Sz8b

Looking for popular expat news topics? Visit Alltop's expatriate section http://bit.ly/dmP68E

Expat spouses in Bangkok http://bit.ly/bGGyG5

To follow me in 'real time' and keep up with even more great expat links on Twitter, please click here.

Thanks for your support! Andrea

Expat Women September Newsletter Highlights

Hi Everyone, My apologies for not updating the blog earlier this month when we sent out our September newsletter. It has been a busy month, especially as I was away from my desk last week for the Search Engine Strategies conference in Hong Kong (13-14 Sept) and then on to the Expat Show in Shanghai (17-19 Sept).

For those of you who missed our Expat Women September 2010 members' newsletter, here were the highlights:

(If you are a member and did not receive your newsletter, please email us here, thanks)

Success Story: Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World YWCA;

Business Idea: Sentinella Network (and Word Queen), Keidi Keating;

Inspiring Women: My-Linh Kunst's book: Beyond Borders: Portraits Of American Women From Around The World;

Expat Volunteers: Celebrating Two Great Expat Volunteers featuring Anne Ponti-Riggins and Pamela Musselman;

Repatriation: Tips And Advice To Ease The Transition by Dana Frost;

Expat Confession: Teen Suicide by our Expat Women Girlfriend;

Speech Therapy Abroad: Speech Therapy For Your Children When You Are Living Abroad by Evie Oman;

Winner: The name of our Explorer Publishing mini-guide pack winner; and

Winning Story: Sandalwood Mountain Temple, by Lauren, an American in China.

If you are not a member of our main site, ExpatWomen.com, please join today to support us (and receive a link to download our free Expat Women e-book "Winning Stories"). This will also mean that next month your newsletter will be delivered directly to your inbox.

Thanks Everyone! Andrea

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Interested In Work For Coppergate International? Expats & Repats Needed

Hi Everyone!  Are you interested in the opportunity to work as a Destination Services Consultant for Coppergate International?

Sian Anamosa, recruiter for Coppergate International, is currently looking for expatriates living in the United States (who could draw on their personal experience of relocating to help others move into their current location) and for American Citizens who have relocated overseas and have now returned to the US.

With flexible hours, the role is perfect for spouses accompanying their partners on assignment or anyone without full-time work commitments.

Destination Service Consultants for all locations within the US will be considered, as Coppergate International’s business is growing rapidly.  However, the most urgent locations are:

AL: Mobile
DC: Washington DC
GA: Savannah
LA: Shreveport
MA: Attleboro, Boston and Lexington
MI: Greater Detroit
NY: New York City, Buffalo
OH: Cleveland
PA: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
TX: Midland, San Antonio
UT: Salt Lake
WI: Shorewood
WY: Rock Springs & Green River

If you are interested in this great opportunity, please urgently:

1. Visit Coppergate International’s site (to learn more about Coppergate International’s business; then

2. Introduce yourself to Sian directly via sanamosa@coppergateglobal.com and then

3. Kindly give Sian an overview of your expatriate experience, together with your reasons for being interested in this exciting role.

If you are not interested, please feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might be interested.

Many thanks, best wishes and good luck!  Andrea

Monday, September 6, 2010

Missed Some Great Expat Links On Twitter?

Hi Everyone, Here are some expat-related articles/links that I have tweeted about recently, that might interest you:

Great story: expat woman entrepreneur running newspaper in Argentina

7 Ways To Take The Stress Out Of Moving Abroad

Expat Entrepreneur interview: Owner, Cupcake club: London. Karen Hastings, 34

In the Netherlands? Check out the hit book by expat Shirley Agudo: Bicycle Mania Holland

7 Ways Your Life Can Improve If You Live Abroad

Foreign Service Blogs

21 of the World's Coolest/Weirdest Buildings

Managing Stress in the Expatriate Family

Why do Expat Women make great entrepreneurs?

Becoming an Entrepreneurial Expat

6 Steps to Thrive as an Expat Spouse

Portable Career: Expat Coaching

Expat Women Confession "He Wants To Go"

Diary of an expat bride & stereotypes abroad

JobMoney acquires Working Abroad Magazine & offers free content to expats and wannabe expats http://bit.ly/dzVHCr

Expatsradio (online radio station for expats) has a new look

5 Best Places To Retire Abroad Depends On Your Personality Type?

This family sailed around world in 7 years - what an experience!

British Expat? Participate in study about changing lives of expats in South Africa

Top 5 Tips For Finding Exec Jobs Abroad, in interview with Recruitment VP Expat Alexandra Hendrickson http://bit.ly/d49a1g

New book for HR & Global Mobility Managers on localization of expatriates

Emma Grenham gives her advice on bringing up expat children in Spain

To follow me in 'real time' and keep up with even more great expat links on Twitter, please click here.

Thanks for your support! Andrea

Reminder: Expat Show & Cuisine Festival, Shanghai, 17-19 September 2010

Hi Everyone, If you are an expat in (or moving to) Shanghai, China, don't miss the upcoming Expat Show and Cuisine Festival, Friday 17th to Sunday 19th September, at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.

Expat Show, Shanghai

"The Expat Show Shanghai is the biggest gathering of the foreign community with over 12,000 visitors set to attend. The show was created to serve as a platform for over 200 exhibitors to promote their services and products to make the lives of expatriates living in Shanghai easier. Not only that but the show is host to many activities such as ‘Live Performances’, ‘Mom and Babies Fair’ and a ‘Private Kindergarten’ to allow for an enjoyable day for all.

Already in its 4th edition, the ‘The Expat Show Shanghai’ is further expanding with the inclusion of the ‘Cuisine Festival’ which will bring over 60 exhibitors from the culinary world. It will bring prestigious restaurants, chocolate and wine tasting as well as the chance to cook with some of the best chefs in France. This year’s edition is not to be missed, so make sure you attend!"

The Cuisine Festival

"The Cuisine Festival Shanghai is the biggest food and wine festival in China, where visitors will taste drinks and dishes from the best and finest restaurants in town. Visitors will see international chefs cooking (French, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and more) and enjoy cooking demonstrations, cooking lessons and tasting experiences."

I will be at the Expat Show for Expat Women, so come and say 'hi' and encourage your friends to come along too. :-)

Thanks for your support!  Andrea

Would You Like to Speak at the 'Families in Global Transition' Conference in 2011?

Hi Everyone, If you would like to share your special expertise, research project and/or successful strategies for successful international relocation at the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Conference next March (17-19) in Washington, speakers' proposals must be submitted by this Friday, 10 September. 

FIGT is a wonderful conference full of very friendly and supportive peers.  I have been two times (2007 and 2009) and I encourage anyone interested in this arena to go along to the conference, speak/contribute, learn and make some fabulous new friends!


"For over 10 years, the annual Families In Global Transition conference has inspired, educated and brought together those serving families on global assignments as well as family members themselves.

The FIGT community of speakers has included top professionals across all sectors. FIGT's mission is to promote the positive value of the international experience, and empower the family unit and those who serve it before, during and after international transitions.

All speaker applicants will be notified by October 2010."

September Edition of Mobility Magazine Online

Hi Everyone, The September edition of the Worldwide ERC® Mobility Magazine went online last week and features the following:

Divorce, Custody, and Employee Mobility
By Peggy Scott, GRI, CRP, GMS

Pre-decision—the 8,000-pound Gorilla in the Room
By Cullen Bunn

Corporate Housing Serves Families in Transition
By Amanda Cook

Families on the Move: Challenges and Opportunities
By Liz Perelstein

2010 Transfer Volume & Cost Survey
By Mariam Lamech

Beyond Chocolate, Gruyere Cheese, and Breathtaking Mountain Scenery: an Overview of Employee Mobility in Switzerland
By Anne-Claude Lambelet, SGMS

The Long and Short of It: Choosing the Best Relocation Program
By Julian Yates

When to Chat With Your Expats
By Virginia G. McMorrow

Group Moves: a Balancing Act for Employers and Employees
By Kathy Sharo

If you are in the expat, global mobility and/or relocation industries, happy reading!  Andrea

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