Expat Homesickness – 3 Ways to Deal with it and Heal from it

Homesickness

You hear the term ex-pat a lot.

I’ll be honest. I never really knew what it meant until I started teaching ESL. I associated the term with retirees sipping piña coladas on islands in the Caribbean. Just in case you are like me and don’t know the definition, the Oxford Dictionary defines an ex-pat as a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than their native country.

Come to find out, the term actually applied to me. Who knew? My guess is that it might apply to you, too. You see, I’ve lived in Germany twice in my life. I lived their temporarily while studying and later while doing an internship. And, let me tell you…

I did not make a good expat. There was neither piña colada drinking nor much enjoyment at all for that matter. In fact, I was terribly homesick both times.

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5 Reasons Why Companies Should Hire An International Team

These days, there are few obstacles to hiring an international team. Relocation costs aren’t an issue when an employee can work from their home country via the internet. Collaboration isn’t impossible when everyone can tune in through excellent video conferencing tools. And cross-border payments, while still a pain, are much more manageable than they were a few decades ago. With so little standing in the way, what do you have to lose from hiring an international team?

Very little. In fact, you have quite a lot to gain.

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5 Tough Situations Faced By Non-Native Employees (And How To Handle Them)

Living and working in an English-speaking country isn’t as simple as mastering the grammar. There are so many customs and nuances to pick up on that hardly a week goes by when even the most competent non-native English speakers aren’t faced with one of the following situations in the workplace.

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4 Tangible Benefits of Recruiting Non-Native English Speakers

It’s a requirement that regularly appears in job postings: native English speakers only.

Communication is vital to business, and it’s more than fair to require excellent language skills from your employees, but recruiters often forget that “non-native English speakers” doesn’t necessarily mean “non-fluent”.  It’s not uncommon to meet a non-native speaker whose English is more impressive than a native speaker’s.

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Where Should You Study? Pros and Cons of the US, Canada, UK, or Australia

The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia are highly desirable destinations to attend university. Internationally recognized schools, improved job prospects, and high quality of life are some of the main reasons students from all over the world choose these countries to study abroad.

Choosing between these four countries can be tricky. A huge factor is how much you can afford to pay for schooling since some destinations can be particularly pricey. We’ve quickly outlined some of the pros and cons of these attractive countries for international students.

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