Africa


De la Région Parisienne à l'Afrique du Sud : Ngisafunda

12 July, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Ngisafunda - BénédicteJe m’appelle Bénédicte. Je suis une voyageuse dans l’âme. Fille d’expats, j’ai vécu toute mon enfance en Afrique, en Algérie et en Mauritanie puis je suis rentrée en France. Avec mon mari nous avons eu une première expérience d’expatriation ensemble à Boston aux Etats-Unis dans les années 90. Depuis plus de deux ans nous vivons à Johannesburg en Afrique du Sud.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

Nous sommes partis à l’étranger suite à une proposition professionnelle pour mon mari. J’avais très envie de repartir en Afrique. Nous avions beaucoup voyagé pour des vacances familiales en Afrique Australe. Nous avions déjà eu l’occasion de visiter le Parc Kruger et ses environs, et cela nous a paru une bonne idée. La seule condition que j’ai posée, c’était que l’entreprise de mon mari m’obtienne un visa de travail, car je ne me voyais pas ne pas avoir d’activité professionnelle.

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From the UK to Ghana: Brown Skin Mama

09 July, 2018 20:36  Erin Erin

Brown Skin MamaMy name is Dela, I’m fro the UK but now live in Ghana with my family (husband and 4 children).

1. Why did you move abroad?  
We moved because we were fed up of the rat race in the UK, we barely had time for one another.  My husband was working 6 days week in construction and I was a stay at home mum.

2. How do you make a living?  

My husband is into construction and I blog and do youtube videos.
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From the UK to Cape Town to Nairobi: The Expat Mummy

07 May, 2018 08:45  Erin Erin

Expat Mummy I am Nadine Murphy. I’m a British mum living in Nairobi, Kenya… though I’ve just come from living in Cape Town for 6 years.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Cape Town to be with my husband who had a great expatriate job opportunity. My first child was just 3 months old and the assignment was just to be two years.  We thought it a great opportunity to be able to spend time just being a mum. Our twins were born 12 months later and we ended up staying in Cape Town. After 6 years my husband was offered the dream chance to open his own office in Kenya and we jumped at the chance to experience more of Africa.
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From England to Kenya: Travels with my Art

16 October, 2017 09:11  Erin Erin

Ali Africa Art My name is Ali Dunnell, I am originally from England, but am now living in Nairobi, Kenya.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I first moved abroad in 1998, to take up a teaching job in Katowice, Poland. Since then I have had periods of living overseas in many different countries including Portugal, Syria, Tanzania, Sweden, Hong Kong and Egypt.

I returned back to England for seven years in my thirties. Then, six years ago, in 2011, I moved abroad again, this time with my husband and our three children, for my husband to start a job as an Assistant Principal at a school in Stockholm. Since then we have lived as an expat family in Sweden, Tanzania and now Kenya.
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To Denmark to France to Mauritius: Wandering Expat Family

04 September, 2017 09:34  Erin Erin

Wandering Expat Family Hi! My name is Julz, I am born in Denmark, but grew up in France. At the moment I live with my husband and 2 kiddos on the east coast of Mauritius.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I chose to study Hotel Management and when I graduated, I started to travel where I fancied to go working. When I got married and our little girl came we decided to move to the Middle East where the lifestyle would allow me to stay at home and look after her and then the little brother as well. A few countries later that’s still our lifestyle today.  

2.    How do you make a living?
My husband is the one bringing the money home - same trade as me! When the kids are a bit bigger I might start working again. For the moment I enjoy the time I can spend with them.

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From the USA to Egypt: LiveLearnTravel

20 March, 2017 11:16  Erin Erin

LiveLearnTravelI'm Rachel, expat and blogger from LiveLearnTravel.net. My home is East Coast, USA. I've lived in NYC, the state of NJ, and finally Orlando, Florida from where I moved to Cairo, Egypt almost 2 years ago.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Although I'd always dreamed of living abroad one day, I never anticipated it would happen at this point in my life. Nor did I imagine my experience would be living in Egypt.

It started with meeting my husband as part of a language exchange. After becoming good friends online we decided to meet in Egypt.  When visiting, I instantly felt comfortable in Egypt and liked it but returned back home with every intention of carrying on my life in the US as normal. However, when my family at home learned of my trip and my relationship with my husband they weren't at all accepting of it.

When you hear stories of people whose families don’t accept their decisions and harm them as a result, you never expect that it could happen to you. But to summarize and without too much detail, the level my family escalated to was unexpected. Feeling it was the best thing to do, my husband agreed that I would move to Cairo to live with him, and here I've been ever since.

2.    How do you make a living?

I made a brief attempt at building a career in Egypt and went on many interviews. It was a bizarre experience in contrast to job seeking in the US. Companies here openly discriminate in the recruitment process and it's not uncommon to see job ads that read like this:
Secretary Wanted, must be female, good looking and presentable, under 30 years old. Applications without recent pictures will not be considered.
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From Costa Rica to Kenya: Out of Costa Rica

20 February, 2017 11:12  Erin Erin

Out Of Costa Rica Hi everyone! I’m Adri and it’s awesome to be able to do this interview today. I am a 17 year old Costa Rican expat. I post blogs on OutOfCostaRica.com where I talk about my travels and my life as an expat in different countries. Since I was younger I’ve gotten the chance to travel and live in various places and right now I am living in Kenya, in East Africa, and it’s an amazing experience.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My family and I moved to Kenya a little over a year ago and it was because of my dad’s job. He has worked at different NGOs which have required us to move with him around the world. That is why, thankfully, we’ve gotten to visit places like Czech Republic, Dubai, Bangkok and countless other countries.

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From New York City to Nairobi: NYC2Nairobi

12 December, 2016 09:32  Erin Erin

NYC2Nairobi M. Cavanagh is a New Yorker and a User Experience Strategist and Designer. My husband and I have moved to Nairobi for his job. We plan to be in Nairobi for at least a few years. Their blog is where she hopes to record  adventures (and not too many misadventures), life as an expat in Nairobi, and maybe even some helpful tips.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Husband’s work opportunity.
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From India to the Ivory Coast: Piyushidhir

01 August, 2016 10:13  Erin Erin

Piyushi Namaste everyone! I am Piyushi Dhir, a young Indian traveler, author and blogger, currently residing in the exotic West African country of Ivory Coast.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I started our married life in New Delhi, India, each of us employed in glittery corporate jobs. We were, however, getting restless with the tedium of a 9 to 5 and seeking something new and exciting. So when my husband got a job offer in Ivory Coast, Africa, we thought, “What the hell, let’s give it a shot!” I did realize however, that the move would entail me giving up my career in Human Resources management. Ivory Coast has limited opportunities, and it is a Francophone country. But I decided to use the opportunity to try my hands at an alternate career that had only been a dream so far- writing.

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From Norway to Spain to Egypt: Femieshe

25 July, 2016 09:42  Erin Erin

Femieshe My name is Kristine and I was born in Norway but grew up in Spain. I currently live in Cairo, Egypt. I blog about my dream life with prince charming in a not so charming country!

1. Why did you move abroad?

My whole life ive been living abroad, never fit in anywhere... except when I came to Egypt for the first time on holiday. It was love at first sight. I instantly felt at home even though I didn't speak the language or even know anyone. I knew this is where I wanted to live forever.

Then I came back and did a year at univeristy here. I had to leave to finish my degree in other countries, Spain and Scotland and then I came back the last few months of my degree to do an internship. It was this time that I met my prince charming. We had a long-distance relationship for 3 years until I finally had the chance to move back for good. My whole life is a bit messy and confusing, just like Egypt!

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