(Closed) Living Overseas?

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 3
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

If given the opportunity to work overseas (hello France?) I would totally do it for a couple of years.  My husband’s job is the one that would more likely have an overseas option, and I think it would be a great adventure to do together!

Post # 4
2394 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Fiance and I will probably have to at some point for one or both of our jobs.  Exciting!

Post # 6
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’ve been in Korea for over 4 years.  Because of the recent economic problems, especially in the States, we’ve been FLOODED by teachers.  Some friends who work in an International school here said that they are staying in their current jobs for another year because their placement agency has been overwhelmed by recent applicants.  At my university this year, we got close to 300 resumes from overseas applicants for 6 positions.  It’s crazy!

Italy sounds great.^^  I wish my life were more relaxing than in Canada, but Seoul is far far far more stressful than any North American city I’ve ever been in.  It’s a great thing to live abroad though and spend extended time in another country (far different from even traveling abroad for long periods). So I hope you get to do it at some point!

Post # 7
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve lived in France and am now living in China (well, NOW I’m on vacation to the States), and as a US citizen, I think moving abroad was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s not one to be made lightly though; especially living in a developing nation has changed me; I don’t know if I’ll ever be comfortable in the States again, to be perfectly honest. There’s a lot I never noticed until I left and came back, and a lot of that I’m not so happy with (whereas before I was blissfully ignorant).

I think living abroad is a fantastic choice for nearly everyone, but be ready for it to change you.

Post # 8
554 posts
Busy bee

I am an American living in Europe for almost 2 years now. Not to burst the bubble but it sounds much more romantic than it actually is. The paperwork and visa headaches can be enough to make your head spin and it actually can get very expensive as toiliteries and clothes are SO costly. I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer, but moving abroad has been one of the hardest things I have had to do and I think people don’t always realize the challenges that you could face.

Post # 10
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree, the slower, more relaxed lifestyle of Italy and France are very appealing. Could you imagine 2 hour lunch breaks and having off the month of August?  ~sigh~ the dream!

Post # 12
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve only lived abroad in Australia in college and it was the most amazing experience. I think that if I got the opportunity I would jump at it!

I’m with Champagne Wishes, I would love to have lunch breaks and get to take naps in the middle of the day.

Post # 13
554 posts
Busy bee

I would love a lunch break, and I am welcome to take an hour- but then I have to work another hour to make up for it. Unless you are a European a lot of the work laws and customs do not apply sadly. My Fiance is working for a German company and while he is only supposed to work 40 hours a week, everyone is there up 70. It seems more business like store owners get the ‘nicer’ lifestyle of lunch breaks and month long vacations. @chipmunk- renting an apartment is really easy, they have tons of relocatoin specialists. Its the banking, getting phones, internet and visas, working papers that are tough. I am in Germany.

Post # 15
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I live in Ireland and while I don’t have to deal with visa challenges etc… (I have dual citizenship) I think it’s a great experience for almost anyone, even if only for short term.  My plan was to move here for 6 months in April 2006 for a job with a study abroad program.  The job was scheduled to end on September 15, 2006, I met Fiance on September 9, 2006 and I’ve been here ever since (with trips home in between of course!)…

It’s a great way to learn more about yourself and the world around you and the only drawback – at least for me – is being so far from my family.  Major drawback but life is pretty good otherwise…

Post # 16
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would love to, just for the experience, but I think after a couple weeks it’d get old. I’d miss my friends and family and I’m sure it’s like anythign else–the grass is greener on the other side. I’d probably be wishing to come home soon after.

Honestly, when I travel for work, I get to stay in the nicest places and all my transportation is paid for, but after a week of being in the UK (even in cities like London!) i just can’t wait to come home. St. Louis is a much slower lifestyle than London =]. Italy would be nice, though! =]

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