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From Australia to Canada: Horizon Unknown

21 October, 2019 11:49  Erin Erin

Horizon Unknown Canada My name is Ben McLaughlan, I’m Australian living in Edmonton, Canada. Not the typical place for Australians to settle down, that’s for sure!

1. Why did you move abroad?
In 2013, I was bored. It was the same schedule, week in week out. Same job, same places to go out. It’s a fairly common term to be “stuck in a rut", and that’s exactly where I was.

So, I booked a one-way ticket through Europe and met my partner, Melanie, in Prague, Czech Republic. By the end of 2013, I was living in Canada with a work permit and a job.

It was a huge shift in my plans to travel and work through the United Kingdom, to living in Canada – but that’s how it played out.

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De la France Ă  Whitehorse, au Yukon (Canada) : Lily's road

11 September, 2019 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Kelly - lilysroad.comJe m’appelle Kelly. Je suis originaire de banlieue parisienne (Évry pour être précise). J’y ai passé la plus grande partie de ma vie. À l’aube de mes 30 ans, j’ai décidé de prendre un aller simple pour Whitehorse (Territoire du Yukon, Canada). 28 mois plus tard, j’y suis toujours !

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

Version courte : Je ne m’épanouissais plus dans mon quotidien, j’ai donc cherché une solution pour que cela change. J’aime le voyage et j’étais certaine que j’aimais le Canada depuis que j’y avais étudié pendant un semestre en 2009. Alors, j’ai tenté ma chance pour l’obtention du permis de travail PVT, que j’ai obtenu en mai 2016. Quatre mois après, j’atterrissais au Yukon. Version longue : sur le blog.  (More)

   


From the USA to the Netherlands back to the USA: Clogs and Hotdogs

08 April, 2019 07:59  Erin Erin

Clogs and hot dogs I’m Tiffany and I moved from the U.S. to the Netherlands and then back to the U.S. Our blog is Clogs and Hotdogs: An AmeriDutch Family Takes on the World.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband is Dutch and was living in the Netherlands at the time. He already owned a home and his career was location-dependent at the time, so it made more sense for me to make the move

2. How do you make a living?
My degree is in theatre and I had spent a number of years teaching, so I decided to combine the two and teach an after school program at various international schools throughout the Netherlands. I started Little Broadway in 2009. After my daughter was born a few years later, I switched to freelance writing as a way to stay home with her. I wrote for publications in the Netherlands and abroad. I continue to make my living as a writer to this day.
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From the UK to Canada: The X Pat Files

25 February, 2019 09:42  Erin Erin

The X Pat Files Juliet Sullivan, from Brighton, UK, living between Brighton and Vancouver

1.    Why did you move abroad?

Because of a boy, of course! Not really… but my husband did grow up in Canada, and that was a big factor in our decision; we wanted to give our kids the kind of upbringing he had had – in an outdoorsy, young, progressive, clean country. Another factor was my 14 year old daughter, who was going through teenager-type stuff, including not conversing with us for about a year, so we wanted to get our family into more of a family-type environment. I love Brighton (where we are from) but at the time, the daughter was mixing with some questionable types (specifically a boy who, shortly before we left Brighton, was featured on the front page of our local paper as having received the most criminal convictions in the area in the past year!) So.. basically, we went for a better family way of life. And we found it, as the daughter flourished, and became open and happy (after the initial period of homesickness).
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De l'île de la Réunion au Québec : Terrisse de Poche

31 January, 2019 09:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Terrisse de Poche au QuébecJe m’appelle Barbara, j'ai 24 ans et je suis originaire de l’île de La Réunion. Je vis au Québec depuis 2013. Après 5 ans passé dans la charmante Ville de Québec, je vis maintenant à Montréal.

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

En 2012, je suis partie en Australie avec un PVT pour y perfectionner mon anglais. Un an plus tard, je souhaitais étudier dans un lieu où j'aurai l’impression d’être constamment en voyage. J’avais des amis qui venaient au Québec et d’autres qui y étaient déjà ; choisir le Québec s’est donc fait naturellement. J’ai étudié à Québec, à l’Université Laval pour y faire un baccalauréat (l’équivalent d’une licence) en Théâtre. Et en ce moment, je fais un certificat en Communication à l’Université de Montréal.

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Von Weimar nach Pittsburgh: Hello Goodbye

28 January, 2019 10:31  Erin Erin

Paula Hello Goodbye Ich bin Paula, 22 Jahre alt, und wohne studiere eigentlich Musikwissenschaft in Weimar, einer kleinen Stadt mitten in Deutschland. Zurzeit lebe ich aber in Pittsburgh, wo ich beim Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra ein Praktikum im Künstler- und Orchestermanagement mache.

1. Warum bist du ins Ausland umgezogen?
In den letzten Jahren hat es mich immer wieder ins Ausland gezogen, meist nur für Urlaube oder Exkursionen im Rahmen meines Studiums. Als Studierende hat man so viele Möglichkeiten ins Ausland zu gehen und dabei auch noch vom Staat gefördert zu werden, dass für mich schnell klar war, dass ich mindestens ein Semester ins Ausland verschwinden werde. Da mir mein Studium in Deutschland sehr gefällt, reifte in mir der Plan eines Auslandspraktikums. Nach zahlreichen erfolglosen Bewerbungen (nicht aufgeben, Leute, das Kämpfen lohnt sich!) bin ich schließlich beim Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra gelandet.
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De Marseille au Québec : Caribou.TV

06 December, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Lionel Caribou.TVSalut à tous, je m'appelle Lionel et j'ai 38 ans, et oui, il n'y a pas d'âge pour avoir des rêves et partir loin, recommencer à zéro. j'ai donc décidé de m'expatrier au pays des Caribous et du sirop d'érable, le Québec-Canada.

Je suis originaire d'une ville du Sud-Est de la France, où la Sardine aurait bouché le vieux-port et où les cigales chantent : Marseille. Cela va faire bientôt maintenant 7 ans que j'habite dans l'agglomération de Montréal. Plus exactement dans la région de la Lanaudière, dans la ville du bonheur, Repentigny. Si si , ville du bonheur, selon le classement des meilleurs villes du Québec. Tongue out

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous parti à l'étranger ?
Les raisons d'être parti à l'étranger sont multiples, mais, disons que l'envie de changement, voir d'autres horizons, avoir une meilleur qualité de vie et l'emploi en France étant très précaire, m'ont poussé à partir m'installer ailleurs. Vivre dans une ville où l'insécurité y règne comme maître, même si j'avais un bon poste depuis 10 ans dans la même entreprise.  (More)

   


De Sevilla a Ciudad de MĂ©xico: Mexperiencia

08 October, 2018 07:27  Erin Erin

mexperiencia Me llamo Fátima, soy de Sevilla y vivo en la Ciudad de México.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
Quería salir de mi ciudad y conocer un poco el mundo.  Llegué a México trabajando en una empresa española y me enamoré de México y de paso empecé una familia.

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From Russia to USA: Travel Eat Blog

02 July, 2018 20:38  Erin Erin

Eat Travel Blog USA Hi, my name is Marina, I was born in the south of Russia, in a city called Volgograd (formerly known as Stalingrad). I now live in the United States, I just finished college and I am ready to explore the world.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I went to the United States as a high school exchange student. I spent a year learning English, living in a host family and going to an American high school. It was a free program: students from some European and Asian countries are given a chance every year at a competition and they can win a year abroad in the US. It was a wonderful experience, I learned the language, made friends across the world and travelled more than I ever have!

After I returned home to Russia, I applied for a couple of colleges in Moscow and a couple in the United States.
I decided to come back to the US and see what new adventures it will bring. Since then I graduated college and studied abroad in Spain and got my first job in America. I still strive to explore the world as much as I can, and I am planning on going to graduate school, too. Still more adventures to come!

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From Maine to Brazil to UAE back to the USA: Whole-hearted Traveler

16 April, 2018 08:25  Erin Erin

http://www.blogexpat.com/en/dir/usa/blog/wholeheartedtraveler.com/ My name is Stacey and I am from Maine.  I moved abroad to work as an international teacher.  I lived in Brazil, Senegal, Argentina, and the U.A.E. After 10 years, overseas, I returned to the U.S.  and have been going through the transition of repatriation.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I moved back to the U.S. because I wanted to make a career change and obtain a master’s degree.  I was very sad to leave my expat life behind and return to the U.S. so I decided to move to a new city. That way it would still feel new and exciting and I could still explore new places.  I choose to move to Austin, Texas which turned out to be great, perhaps too great!  Right away I meet my now partner which has been awesome however he wanted to get his Ph.D. and we ended up moving to a Denton, which is a small college town in Texas.

This has been an interesting move for me, although I am accustomed to moving in the past all the decision we’re mine because I was single.   Now I have moved because of another person’s purpose to a not so exotic place to live.
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