Mecca is barred to all non-Muslims. If you even attempt to visit, expect the police to eject you. You will be deported for trying. http://wikitravel.org/en/Mecca
If you lie about your faith and are discovered, you may face execution.
The oil price fell 50%, and the Norwegian job market tanked. There simply are very few jobs out there, as the oil industry is winding down investments, and have discovered they are severely overstaffed.
Your best option is networking. Use all contacts you can imagine. Remember Linkedin. follow Finn.
When there are jobs out there, too many people apply.
Did you really think you could just show up in Norway and immediately get a job?
(And forget speaking English in a Norwegian job; that is only possible in Irish bars, and there may be a total of 6 in the whole of Norway.)
I'm a US citizen, living and working abroad.
What I did was set up a corporation (LLC) in the US before leaving. All of my accounts are tied to the corporation, which is a "US resident". Off-hand, the accounts that I have are: PayPal, Amazon affiliate sales, Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, ClickBank, Google CheckOut, Google AdSense, and Commission Junction.
For a US address, I use an Earth Class Mail address. They have an option where I can have them deposit any paper checks I receive. I have a US phone number through Skype. I also have a US-based VPN (StrongVPN), in case I ever need to log in to a website and look like I'm in the US.
The tax situation is a whole other thing, but I pay an accountant to handle all of that (and get me the large Foreign Earned Income Exemption).
I'm a a developer as well and I lived in China for 4 years.
You honestly get used to using a VPN, but you really need a paid one if you want it to be reliable. I used Express VPN and my SO used Astrill, both had their good and bad times but overall it was ok, not as bad as it sounds. Yeah, it sucks not being able to read a Whatsapp in your phone the moment you receive it but you just turn the VPN on and that's it. For the computer is an (almost) seamless experience, you just turn it on and you are done, internet is slow-ish, but it's more than enough. Some companies like Astrill even offer you a VPN router, so you don't even need to have it on when you are at home.
Overall, I wouldn't say it's the end of the world, Bing works, so you can Bing stuff when you are in a hurry. You start using some alternative apps from time to time when you are too lazy to turn the VPN on on your phone, but when using my computer I always had it on, so not a huge issue.
In addition to the above advice to maintain a physical US address I’d recommend keeping an active US bank account and a US mobile phone. These aren’t cheap but they will greatly simplify your life. I use T-Mobil with a global (not international) calling plan. T-Mobil has the advantage of working in several countries where my EU phone does not.
Wise (formerly known as TransferWise) is the best tool I’ve found for moving money from one country to another with low fees and real exchange rates. Using banks will cost you a small fortune in fees and lousy exchange rates. Wise also offers a debit card that allows you to hold multiple currencies and is great for travel.
I second the advice about AmEx. They helped me get my first credit card abroad which was invaluable for establishing a credit history.
You might like traveling via Cargo Freighter. Like crackanape says, it's expensive and really, really slow, but it's not flying and it does have a certain old-world charm. Be sure to bring a lot of good books, and the food can be surprising good.
Be cautious about this choice if you have an high potential of a serious medical condition arising (e.g., heart attack, stroke, etc.). You'll be a long way from intensive medical care.
Also, even if you have to fly, you can reduce your air time by using the trains. Try Rome2Rio to look for routes with reduced flight times or fewer connections.
Why Mongolia? Why not another Asian country? Mongolia is, to a great extent, "hard mode" when it comes to expatriation.
Edit: This may help.
Learning some skills should be step one: stay where you are until you have something to offer. You can look at tons of free resources to learn useful skills you will need, from https://www.freecodecamp.org/ to https://www.theodinproject.com/
Have you considered going to a technical school? You may be more suited to working with your hands and can open up good opportunities as for example an electrician or plumber.
I would imagine people would be understanding when it's obvious that you're pregnant. I would suggest having a nice light sweater to cover bare shoulders. It also might be cold in the embassy if they use air conditioning. Maybe a long flowy "yoga" sweater that some women I know wear? Something like this:https://www.amazon.com/Womens-Front-Lightweight-Sweaters-Cardigan/dp/B07FYCHM2T/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=yoga+sweater
I'd transition first, then look for work, but most large multinational European financial services companies have US branches and need people to work with data: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_European_financial_services_companies_by_revenue
The syllabus for a program like this will give you some idea: https://www.udacity.com/course/data-analyst-nanodegree--nd002
Learn it well. Don't be disheartened, Swedish people can sometimes be pretty rude to people who don't speak Swedish fluently. Just depends who you run into, but be aware of "Why would you bother learning it, we all speak English" and "Hey,that's OUR language" stuff and don't be put off by it.
Actually, I disagree. I would try small women's colleges in the US (and there are quite a few). Mills College, for instance, gives lots of financial aid, is willing to accept students with little or no math or science, and will weigh your personal essay over SAT scores. Your personal essay, of course, should be about the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia and how it has prevented you from getting a good education, but you are doing everything in your power to change that. Sign up for a few Coursera courses to prove that you mean it (and mention this in your essay). Applications for mid-year admissions are usually due Nov 1, so get started now.
your chances are potentially good, but you have some gaps (that you can work on).
> I've been working as a freelancer here with 6 months of experience
this is unfortunately not that much yet. Say, you have Ausbildung as Informatiker (generic IT guy), you graduate and you already have more experience than the 6 months (because practical experience is a crucial part of the program). It's not an automatic no-go, but doesn't give you any advantage over German graduates. Think about what to make your selling point.
> If you're a developer I would be grateful if you give me detailed information about finding a job in Germany or what web developments skills the german market need most
I'm not a dev, rather database/server guy, but it's the same for all of us. Go to Stepstone and search for whatever, you're flexible. Apply en masse - you need a job offer to get work visa.
Also create a Xing account - German recruiters hardly ever use LinkedIn to headhunt.
> By the way, I have started an A1 German course here
that's good, keep at it. German is hard (for me anyway) and takes a couple years to get running and many more to be completely fluent. A lot of IT employers in Germany has office language English, but speaking German is a huge plus for your potential boss (and colleagues).
Save that money? ACA... We are required, by law, to have "minimal essential coverage" and pay monthly premiums. There is a penalty/"individual mandate" if you are not insured. Although, the ACA does provide free preventive care. https://www.healthcare.gov/preventive-care-adults/
Well, I don't think that's quite true. At least not the US.
Edit - because other people don't like to provide proof of anything - the only place America is specifically banned from is Cuba (all tourism is blocked, but we can go there for specific reasons (http://wikitravel.org/en/Americans_in_Cuba) - there are warnings in place for other areas, but our travel is not restricted - http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html
If you search for me on your favorite search engine, you find out that I'm pretty well-known in my field. I tend to get a lot of international job offers. In fact, last week I received an email where they said they could sponsor me in any of their international locations, including Malaysia, Japan, and Malta, amongst other places!
For anyone else wanting to pull off the same stunt, they should read my five part "how to get a work permit" series
Edit: though I should point out that for my various countries:
No, it's not implied that you exclude the US by posting in this subreddit, because there are people here from lots of countries, even those looking to move IN to the US.
Here's a map of internet metrics worldwide: http://www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet/
Now look at this website: http://www.expatistan.com/
You can compare where you live now to somewhere you want to move.
I figure it's easier for you to see for yourself than try to explain that high speed internet comes from good infrastructure which comes from established, wealthy countries which equals high cost of living.
Have you tried some of the more active meetup.com groups in your country? Any activity might work, but hiking groups are usually pretty well populated. And they would provide 'parallel play' until you made actual friends. (Also, there may be 'expat' meetup groups in your city...or you could start the first one.)
Also, check FB for local expat groups. (Then ask members how they made local friends.)
Church congregations usually make a point of making people feel welcome. And you could talk to the priest/pastor/leader for his ideas on how to feel more connected to congregants.
From a financial perspective, you are better off in the UK for school, unless you don't mind dealing with the extremely high cost of education here in America.
If money is not a concern for you, most colleges here do have some sort of computer science/software engineering program. Even then, you are better off learning through Codecademy. I was able to learn programming through this and start making money building websites for clinets. If you can use a computer and understand logic, then this would be your best option, based on the information you provided.
You need to get an H-1B Visa, which requires a job sponsor. There are a limited number and they are highly competitive, so you may have to try a few times to get in. Many companies will sponsor you if you have the skills they need.
http://www.indeed.com is a good place to start for job searches.
Okay, first off.... careful with the VPNs... if your dad has any technical aptitude, finding a computer connecting to a VPN would be a massive red flag..
Second, you might look into something like Tails. Boot into it, traffic is encrypted, rebooted and no evidence left on your "real" computer....
Alas, beyond the technical, I don't have anything useful to contribute to help you get out... yours isn't an uncommon story though, so I take solace in the fact this bullshit will probably only be able to last another generation, maybe two.... still sucks for those living it...
Low cost of living, great outdoor activities to do, the Smoky Mountains are nearby and are gorgeous, and there's a lot of snow in the Smokies in winter.
Have you consider Chile? They are spending a lot of money to build their own Silicon Valley. As for Chile, it's actually a pretty nice country.
TechCrunch on Chile
Argentinian with some knowledge about my neighbors: it's not cheap. My country is expensive, and currently Montevideo is 208% more expensive than my city, and 154% than the capital Buenos Aires, all according to this website I use. It also answers how much would you have to pay in Montevideo to "keep the same standard of living."
You can compare it with your own city in the U.S., but if compared with the most asked city (Charlotte, NC), Montevideo is 15% cheaper, so there's that.
I recommend looking for your great-grandfather in the 1910 US Census. At the time, citizenship was one of the pieces of demographic information collected. It won't provide a definitive answer, but if you see he was an alien in 1910 then you can be more confident about your eligibility. FamilySearch is a good free resource for the records.
good advice by itself, I'll just add to it:
LinkedIn is actually not widely used in Germany, the website of preference is Xing. Same thing, just in German.
CVs in Germany are formatted a bit differently, I recommend reading tutorials, there are many available, some even approved by the German government. Generally, it's more like a table, and there is almost always your picture - people have it taken professionally in many cases.
create a profile on Xing, the German LinkedIn and search for jobs on Stepstone. Keep in mind the German CV format is different from the American standard, a bit more like a table, there are guides online to help you with that. And a professional picture on your CV is pretty much a must.
a personal tip - Berlin is the capital of Germany, but by no means the richest, most prosperous, cleanest or most welcoming city. There are many other options like München, Hamburg, Köln, Düsseldof, Frankfurt... have a look around before you pick a city, there's a lot to choose from.
There are a lot of people on /r/redditisland that are serious about the idea and would be willing to put forth small sums of money. What we are lacking, is someone to organize. Here is a list of potential volunteers/investors.
>Will having a MA alone be enough or do I need to obtain a TEFL certificate from some agency?
an MA alone won't be enough, I'm almost certain you'd need a TEFL certificate. You can get a 140 hour online TEFL certificate off from Groupon for under $40 (see https://www.groupon.com/deals/tefl-fullcircle for an example). It should take you two weekends at most to complete.
You won't make a lot of money though, and the hours will be long.
Sounds like your wife's job is the limiting factor. How far is she willing to commute? Figure that out, then go down the list of cities here to see what fits the bill:
If not overly sure on the taxed interest inside US accounts. I found this, but it didn't help me at all on how the tax thing works.
I know I've never had to show my bank accounts to my tax pro when filing my taxes every April (of course, I generally don't have more than three figures in my account at one time, so maybe since I really don't make interest on my account, it doesn't get taxed? :S ). I've always been kind of clueless on how all that works.
I just knew about the $92,900 and the two numbers when you have to file separate forms from looking around earlier.
I just know you have to file interest & dividends on foreign accounts, I don't personally know about American accounts because I've never had to do it. I just have someone else do it for me that knows what they are doing now and while I'm overseas.
You should be able to improve both of those situations without spending a lot of money, in a way that would vastly improve your chances of success. You could even work remotely with a company there and work on both sides at once. There are also a lot of affordable courses you should consider: https://www.udacity.com/nanodegree for example.
> Isn't that discrimination? They do this knowing that most immigrants cannot learn it?
To expand on what /u/ReinierPersoon told you, language in most European countries--and, to be fair, many countries besides the U.S. and Canada (with the exception of Quebec)--is considered an integral part of culture. It is an indication of having assimilated into that culture for a person to have learned the native language sufficiently for day-to-day use. This isn't discrimination in the sense of the "bad" form of discrimination; it is an outward indication of your having accepted the culture, kind of like how a Bachelor's degree is less about rote facts and more about showing that you can study and process knowledge.
Immigrants absolutely can learn Danish. You can even get a pretty good footing in it for free with Duolingo. If you want or need something beyond what Duolingo, Tinycards, and Memrise can do for you, consider stumping up for Babbel's Danish course.
You have to find your own reasons, grasshopper. I don't know why you should or shouldn't do anything. You might not like Cuba. But you might like it very much.
You can live like a king on almost nothing, the women are plentiful, beautiful, and eager to make your acquaintance. The music is first rate and everywhere. There is excellent diving, hiking, healing waters, beaches, and some excellent artists. I don't know what color you are but I met US expats who moved to Cuba to escape racism and persecution as Cubans come in all colors and shades.
>As i said, i live in one of the coldest and darkest cities in Brasil (south brazil, Curitiba).
No offence, but I think you have a very misconstrued understanding of 'cold and dark.' According to the weather links below, the average January low in Curitiba is 62F or 17C. In Oslo, Norway, the average low is 19F or -7C, with a 4% chance of a sunny day to boot.
Curitiba weather averages for January
Oslo weather averages for January
Have you tried googling lineman jobs new zealand? It's a pretty specific trade and I don't think many people outside of the field know much at all about it or how much demand there is for it. You'd probably get a lot more info on lineman forums such as here or here.
One thing I'd be concerned about is how your qualifications in the US transfer over into a foreign system. It's likely you'd have to get your qualifications recognized/accredited through a trade governing body in whichever country.
You can also look into N26, which is a bank that uses TransferWise to transfer fees.
It’s pretty fast to set up a bank account at N26. https://n26.com/fr-fr/
They also just started operations in the US
Holy Crap: "Singapore has very strict drug laws, and drug trafficking carries a mandatory death penalty — which is also applied to foreigners. Even if you technically haven't entered Singapore and are merely transiting (i.e. changing flights without the need to clear passport control and customs) while in possession of drugs, you would still be subject to capital punishment. The paranoid might also like to note that in Singapore, it is an offence even to have any drug metabolites in your system, even if they were consumed outside Singapore, and Customs occasionally does spot urine tests at the airport! In addition, bringing in explosives or firearms without a permit is also a capital offence in Singapore."
I'm also banking on work visa a bit, given I develop some serious expertise in Rust (and make it my niche) this year. But I think it's very difficult to acquire regardless.
Where are you based, if you don't mind me asking?
My opinion, that salary is way too low. The general rule is that you should not move down in career salary when expatriating. Of course there are exceptions, but take a good look at the CPI comparisons: http://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/comparison/minneapolis/singapore?
Try to use this as leverage to at least stay at your current salary level. You will get reamed by housing costs in Singapore. You also need to put down large deposits in order to secure a flat. How much do you have saved up for the relocation?
Have you checked out the cost of living estimates?
I can't vouch for accuracy but here is one reference:
<strong>Cost of Living Comparison:</strong> London, England :: Santa Monica, California
Here is another reference:
<strong>Cost of Living Comparison:</strong> London :: Los Angeles
French here, Sometimes you can get grants/money/help for foreign students, (not only from the French state) , the following website provides some helpful help, use deepl to get a complete translation, you can also ask me questions in PM (if I have time to answer of course) .
If you can get them maybe it will be enough to live frugally but with peace of mind in France while studying....
Stepstone to search for jobs.
Xing to present your professional profile.
I didn't get what your field is from your post or if you speak German at all, so I'll refrain from commenting on what your chances are.
But why Berlin of all German cities?
I found the Beijing airport easier to navigate that in Shanghai, you should have no issues moving around. Security may seem daunting, but it generally moves at a quick pace so you'll be through in no time.
Besides packing essentials and toiletries, try to have your paperwork squared away too. You may be asked at security for additional information regarding your stay, such as where you will be staying and so on. I assume if you're coming as a student that you'll have plenty of paperwork showing these details anyway. If possible, try to translate some important directions and addresses ahead of time for when you use taxis/didi. Translator apps can help out in a pinch.
Bring your absolute best walking shoes, you'll be doing a lot of that.
I know a lot of people are saying to download a VPN, but seriously, download a VPN. I used ExpressVPN and it worked well.
Yes try to download a VPN while you're out because it won't be easy to get one there, I was staying a year in Beijing too, and regretted not getting one before, had to wait for months before going on a trip outside the country and buy access to ExpressVPN, do not recommend free ones. Yes deodorant is hard to find and also, if you prefer to use tampons I strongly recommend you bring a lot cause we never could find any, otherwise you can easily find pads.
About navigating the airport, it's very easy, everything is written in English, don't panic when you pass the border and customs, just show your documents and everything will be fine :)
I also recommend you open a Chinese bank account, it will make your everyday life easier !
+1 StrongVPN. Sign up for one, you have ~15 switches so you aren't stuck on one server or even country. For $2 a month you can get one extra connection in San Francisco, which helps if a program is blacked out in your part of the country.
I really don't see what your point is. Just because an article like this doesn't talk about visas, doesn't mean that you don't need one for all the countries on their "best countries to retire in" list. I don't even know why we're still having this discussion.
"However, American citizens face some big roadblocks if they want to retire in New Zealand. If anything, the country is “perhaps best regarded as a part-time living option,” says Steenie Harvey, an editor for InternationalLiving.com, a website about living abroad. The country typically doesn't offer a permanent retirement visa for American. You can stay on a visitor visa for three months a year without much hassle. Another option is to apply for a temporary visa, which allows you to live in the country year-round for up to two years (after which time you must reapply for the visa) and travel into and out of the country.
But the temporary retirement visa, available only to those age 66 and over, requires a significant economic investment. Retirees must invest about $605,000 into New Zealand (this could include the price of a New Zealand home, as well as New Zealand stocks and bonds) and have a minimum annual income of about $48,000."
Your facts are off, especially when you talk about countries instead of cities: http://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_countries_ranked_by_ethnic_and_cultural_diversity_level
For cities, it's definitely not just Anglosphere countries, and Dubai is top scorer at every list i run into: https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-most-cosmopolitan-cities-in-the-world.html
That said, you would have to specify what you mean by "better suited". Success of migration will always depend on personal characteristics like education, work experience and whether or not those give grounds for a visa.
Work in I.T. and can confirm. I was just about to say this.
I would strongly advise against e-mailing an embassy about it. Try to make the request in person first. If that is completely 100% impossible, call them from a payphone that is not under any type of video surveillance.
If you absolutely must e-mail them then use a web browser like Tor. I believe this website is blocked in your country but there are other download links available to you if you search for it. Using this web browser, create a fake e-mail address using FAKE information, and then e-mail them. Do it all from Tor. Whenever accessing this inbox, always always always use Tor. Never access this inbox from another web browser so that the e-mail is not traced back to you. Tor will disguise you so it is very difficult to trace you.
More info on Tor
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Hi! My mother's mother was Ukrainian and my mother was the first generation to be born in America. So, I wish I could help.
It's not impossible. Since her English sounds very good (native level?) she can find work using Ukrainian, doing possible translation. Will the company sponsor her? Possibly. You have to contact the company that has a job opening she can do.
This is a common job site and these are the jobs that knowing Ukrainian is a requirement.
She can absolutely contact these companies, send them her resume, and see what happens. I currently live in Japan and know a number of Japanese people who went to the USA being translator at banks, shipping companies, etc.
Look it up and good luck!
Basically doing the same now, my instagram shows the last 4.5 months @nate_geier in Bali now. DM me for any questions. I just got through this very quick book on Audible that helped me deal with emotions by simplifying some of what I thought were complicated issues. The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship edit- grammar
Just a tip, avoid the Europeans calling themselves "Marxist". They are usually not working as hard as you. Drunkards, violent people and the bourgeoisie power class like to think the Marx name excuses their antisocial behaviour.
Just focus on your IT and designer skills. Apply for internships and junior positions. Put together a github and a designer portfolio. And keep bettering yourself in those areas.
I like enki and codeschool.com right now. Use them to get better!
The Japanese probably won't take you without a degree unless you have a few years experience teaching English. Investing in a CELTA course might be a good move. As an English major, you might even get preferential treatment among other teachers without degrees.
I'll be in China teaching English in July. Let us know if you go through with any of it. Lack of education can be a barrier to escaping this place, but it doesn't count you out if you're willing to work.
Honestly I would wait until you get there and give yourself a couple of weeks to settle in and find your feet rather than worrying too much about it now. Have a chat with people you know over there and get their take on things. You could register with a couple of the big agencies to get some temp work to start with and that will give you some flexibilty while looking for a flat. Finding somewhere to live is a lot more difficult than finding a job.
Check out https://www.gumtree.com/london to give you an idea of costs
You can make sure your browser is set to prefer English (in Firefox it's Preferences -> Content -> Languages) but many stupid web sites (such as Google) use geolocation to set a language based on your country.
That said, I have been in Asia for years and Google's been the only one that's really bugged me. Indeed.com guessed that I'm in Asia but there was a link right on the main page for the US version at http://www.indeed.com/stc
The worst is when they (1) guess your language for you and (2) don't have a link at the top of the page with the names of other languages written in those languages for people who want to change.
Well to trow this at you have about Chile? I was looking to move to Chile for a number of reasons. It has a very good economy, it's fairly safe (except for that student protest), and immigration is not as strict. I few years ago they were running stories about how Chile was particularly looking for American entrepreneurs and how they were really going out of their way to welcome them into their country: TechCrunch article. With your IT degree there is a very good chance that you'll be in demand. The dollar is strong against the Chilean peso so whatever money you save up and take with you will last longer. Unfortunate for me I'll have to hold off going to Chile for a while, but you can do some more research and see how you like it. Though I heard Santiago de Chile is not that beautiful of a city the areas around it are. Just something to think about.
If I were you I'd consider remote jobs.
I'm a mobile developer myself and I've been working remotely over the past 4+ years.
this year I'm making 80k$ after taxes per year in a very cheap county. but I have to move to advance my career.
For this to work for you, you need to be really good at what you do. prepare for the interviews (algorithms, tools, concepts, technologies ..).
and look for jobs online, ether on http://www.toptal.com/
it would help a lot having an online presence (blog, github, stackoverflow profile ...).
Good luck !
I've calculated that you only need to make $166 a month. Do you know any computer programming or web design?
There are websites out there, like http://freelancer.com , and http://odesk.com , where people post programming projects, you can bid on them, do the work, and get paid, while living in Palestine. I'm confident that you can make $166 a month on these websites if you work hard and develop your skills.
Living in Rio specifically is not cheap, but not as expensive as the US or Europe. Food is cheap, transport is relatively cheap, what drives the cost up is rent, that is extremely expensive.
If you live in Ilha do Governador in an apartment just for you, which is not a bad place to live since it's next to the university, I guess you can expect about USD500~700 of rent.
You can also live in a shared house and pay less.
As the rest of the expenses:
You can eat lunch and dinner at the university of 2 reais each (less than a dollar). And the food is good and plenty.
Taking the bus costs 3.50 reais each way. (about USD 1.50).
And here is the cost of some other things:
Yeah, judging by the cost of living index on Expatistan, Australia is one of the most expensive countries to live in. As for Melbourne, it has a walk score of 57 on walkscore.com, which isn't much better than where I live right now (not that walkscore.com is super accurate but it's better than nothing).
I would think the new job would bump you up to a higher salary to accommodate the cost of living, just like if you moved from NY to Geneva or something. Like people always say, know how much you're worth. If they ask for your previous salary, you can always mention what it would translate to in the new city.
This site might help: http://www.expatistan.com/
This information is outdated. The new law that was implemented as of January 1st 2011 allows people who had ancestors born on historical Hungarian territories and who speak Hungarian to become Hungarian citizens. Here's google translated page of the request submission process. Basically you have to prove that your ancestors were born in Hungary and that you speak the language. I've heard rumors though, that language knowledge will not be important. Once application is submitted, the whole process will be finished in 4-6 months after which the applicant receives Hungarian citizenship. I have put myself on the list and will be submitting papers in April, and by that time I suppose I will have a little bit more information.
Sure is, here's a Windows guide for those who may be interested.
As an alternative (for E-Mail) you can exclusively use ProtonMail, naturally for full security you'll only want to send and receive from fellow ProtonMail users.
Save up a bit of money, move, then search for work like a local. For Germany that means looking on places like https://www.stepstone.de/
If I were you I'd work on your language skills a fair bit more before going, so you won't be locked into the small pool of "English-only-ok" jobs.
I would not consider moving unless you had 3-6 months of living expenses saved along with enough money to return to Toronto if you end up being unsuccessful.
There is a Freecycle network in London that you can use for finding free stuff. Gumtree was already mentioned so I won't mention that again. There are Facebook sale groups for London and you can often find free stuff on there. (As an aside, your proposal to trade clothing for food might be putting the cart before the horse because you'll probably arrive in the UK with 2-4 suitcases containing your life and not much unwanted stuff.)
Since you are starting your researching now, I wouldn't stay in hostels while you are looking for a job -- you are better off finding a temporary roommate situation.
If you have not done so already, I highly recommend that you visit /r/London and ask your three questions there.
This is a great series for any language and I used this book for German and it does bring you to B2 level if you complete it as instructed with audio. Try to do about two lessons a day and complete it in about a month to 2 months.
When it comes to VPN services you definitely get what you pay for.
I live in Japan and have at times needed IPs in the US or UK so have tried a few services. First time I tried one of the cheap services, and while it worked, it was very slow. I canceled that one and tried another cheap service but had the same problems. Both were able to stream audio but with annoying cutoffs and drops. Streaming video was impossible, the bandwidth just wasn't there.
After these experiences I gave up on VPN services for awhile. Then last year I wanted to watch the NHL playoffs but there was no way for me to see them in Japan. Hockey is not a big sport here and there were no plans to show any games, not even the Stanley Cup Finals. :( So I started looking around for a VPN that I might be able to stream the games over. I did as much research as I could and checked out various options. In the end I settled on StrongVPN. They aren't the cheapest, and you have to sign up for 3 months. They do offer a 7 day money-back guarantee if you're not happy though so you can try and cancel if it doesn't do what you need. The speeds were very good, they don't oversell their bandwidth. I was able to stream the playoff games without any problems or dropouts, performance was very good. I'm not a customer at the moment as I don't need a VPN setup right now but the next time I do I will definitely go back to them!
Pretty much every VPN provider offers the same two main options: PPTP and OpenVPN. The setup procedure also doesn't vary much from provider to provider either. PPTP is probably a bit easier to set up for someone on Windows as the client is built into the OS. OpenVPN is generally considered to be a bit more secure and it is a bit more flexible. StrongVPN has a page comparing the two here.
StrongVPN does have very good support that is very responsive to requests. I don't think you'll have troubles getting up and going with them.
>Oh and bud...
Gee thanks for random link.
>Check out the definition of medicaid bud.
>>Insurance program that provides free or low-cost health coverage to some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
Again so what?
>What's that bro bro?
>is it health insurance?
>bwahahahaha. 99% chance you are going end up sucking dick for money because you cant think at all bro bro.
99% you already are sucking dick for money cos you can't get a real job because of low deductive skillzzz bro bro.
Yeah no Problem I think you should use that visa from the Netherlands to your advantage. Also make sure you learn at least some language of the country your going to move to. I would recommend using https://www.duolingo.com/ .
They may both require different aspects of language knowledge, but I wouldn't say that philosophy requires less.
Read this, try to understand it to a level that you could write a paper about it - and then imagine doing both in a foreign language.
Yeah, if you're not an office kind of person, don't force yourself to be!
You can look up stats if it'd be helpful, but my impression is that a lot more people are going into IT than are going into the skilled trades. So there's a lot more competition for each job, and like you said, who knows where that field will go in 10 years. People are always talking about how there's a shortage of electricians, plumbers, etc.
If you like reading, this book is awesome. It's by a guy who got a PhD and joined a think tank, and then realized it was all BS and went off to open his own motorcycle repair shop. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00273BHPU
Pretty crazy how many people don’t get sarcasm. Of course I’m not using Duolingo to get fluent! I’ve bought books like this one to actually learn grammar. I also have pretty sizeable savings, hence me not mentioning it in my post. Oh and by the way, thanking the people that gave me a heads up doesn’t mean I didn’t do my research first, it’s called being polite.
Sure, different strokes for different folks but the average Jan high here is 47F and the average July high is 88. It's way too hot for me to ever want to stay long-term.
144k is enough to live in SG, yes. There are families living off less money. You won't be living in a fancy condo in the city center but it is definitely doable, even saving some money will be possible if you want to.
Have a look: https://wise.com/gb/blog/cost-of-living-in-singapore
Also keep in mind that any stock/equity would be on top of that 144k.
Obamacare limits your out of pocket maximum (not including premiums). The maximum out-of-pocket cost for 2016 was $6850. For 2017 it's $7150. So in the scenario you mentioned, you would have to pay $7150 in 2017.
I went to Riga for a weekend a couple of years ago and our guide (edit: found him) couldn't stop telling us that Latvia wasn't Russia or Eastern Europe.
> inner of a rule. The police could decide your dog just looks 'too pitbull-y' and can order it to be destroyed. Or, equally, not. Here'
That's not been true for 20 years unless the dog is aggressive OR authorities don't think the owner is a good one.
That's what's so fucked about this legislation. If they seize a perfectly friendly, happy, lovely dog that meets enough of the 58 characteristics and the DEFENSE does not show beyond a reasonable doubt that it is NOT a "pit bull type" (using American standards that have changed significantly since the time the Brits adopted them), then the court has only TWO options: destruction or registration.
IF the prosecution convinces the court that the dog should not be returned to the owner (i.e., poor living conditions, abuse, neglect, etc.), the court MUST order destruction.
So what does this mean? It means that, where there are BAD OWNERS, the DOG pays the price. It gets ZERO chance to be rehomed and must be destroyed, even if it's the nicest dog in the world, because its owners suck.
This legislation is so screwed up it's ridiculous. I don't know how I feel about breed-specific legislation, but I DO know that THIS breed-specific legislation is deeply, deeply flawed and it fails of its essential purpose. If the goal is to keep people safe, destroying perfectly healthy, friendly dogs with zero history of aggression because it had terrible owners (as opposed to rehoming good dogs like this) does NOTHING to meet that goal.
Makes me sick to death. They put down Tyson in this documentary, and the footage is therein. I bawled my eyes out. That's SO unfair, and there was NOTHING wrong with that dog; there was only something wrong with his OWNERS.
>to go to a foreign country and work in an Indian restaurant because that's all he's skilled enough to do. Fuck off you racist
Experience matters but not as much as you'd think if you can prove your skills so as far as jobs search, exp helps but is not a deal killer. You can read a bit about this here : https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-well-kept-secrets-to-getting-an-IT-Developer-job-in-Australia-for-a-new-immigrant
But where it really matters is if you planning a permanent immigration. A lot of places have point systems that give you no points if you don't meet the minimum e.g. in Australia you need 3-5 years for some skill assessments.
>I am not fluent in English, but I can understand well, I watch movies, series, read things in English, but my grammar is a horrible thing to never have studied English.
For any of you who may not be familiar with it, I HIGHLY recommend DeepL, from a great German company, Linguee. It's the best translator I've ever found. It's great for spoken or written Spanish-English-Spanish translations. You can also copy/paste large blocks of text and instantaneously get them translated.
Do more research. You probably don't qualify for a teaching job in a brick-and-mortar school, but with an online TEFL cert (about €30) you can teach or tutor ESL online and earn €8 to €15/hour. There are also people who live near universities and tutor face-to-face in academic and conversational English and charge a local rate.
You won't get rich or live an amazing lifestyle, but it's one way to get started abroad.