I definitely can relate to the hibernation theory. I do it all the time. Just can’t work up the energy to do anything to meet people. It’s terrible and if this continues I fear I’ll go back home.
I worry a lot about finances, visas, finding love and starting a family. I wonder if it would be easier to get on with life if I were in the States. How do you know when to pack it in and head back?
Happy global people never use the word ‘expat’……What gets you through times of loneliness, frustration, suffering? Expats, what coping strategies you have found in your travels?
Are you so used to expat stress you don’t even know you are experiencing it?
Like a fish who doesn’t realize she is wet…… read more
Whether you are a new expat, or a seasoned one, the expat life can take a toll on your communication.
Or the expat life experience can enhance your support of each other.
With this assessment we invite you to take some time, check in with yourself, and try to be completely honest with yourself about each question.
Time Required: 10-15 minutes
Results Delivered: Immediately upon completion and by e-mail (requires entering your e-mail address).
Confidentiality: Your results and e-mail address will remain private and will not be shared without your permission.
Instructions: We will give you 20 phrases that indicate what you and your partner communicate about, and how you do that.
The answers are a simple 1-4 scale, 1 being low, and 4 being high.
We have not put any other qualifications in the answers, because we want you to determine for yourself what the scale is and where you find yourself.
Just give answers that are helpful for you, as you understand the questions and topics.
Disclaimer: This is a short test, not designed to screen for depression, anxiety disorder or any other mental health problems. It is meant as an indication tool for you to see how you and your partner are communicating, and if you might benefit from extra support. Let us know if you have any questions.
The new expatriate: the evolution of the working wanderer
In the early years of modern expatriation, young business-minded workers used to move abroad fairly easily, with a well-established way of expat life meeting them in places like Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong.
Ask many expats-of-old and they will regale you with tales of their life in the expat bubble; where they lived in gated accommodation, frequented luxurious embassy events, and brushed shoulders with others in the expat elite.
But is this the image of the 21st century expat? Based on our HSBC expat surveys, we think not.
With the growth of the global corporation, more and more markets are opening up for business and increasing numbers of workers are being posted abroad. This means that the modern expatriate experience is a lot more commonplace, and significantly more varied than it used to be.
The need, as well as the potential for businesses to operate on a global scale has never been at such a high. Global mobility is now so routine that it is built into not just the business plans of companies, but also the career expectations of many young people entering the world of work.
Companies are looking for more and more places to expand their business operations, so expats are now being relocated to more remote locations, where the expat populace is less established. The modern worker might now find themselves as an expat in China or India, where they will be met by bustling markets as opposed to tower buildings.
This comes with some real benefits, especially for the more intrepid professional, who can use the opportunity to travel, experience the foreign culture and associate more with locals. All this – but under the comfort blanket of working for a company, in a language in which they are fluent and in a sector in which they have been trained.
Even if you do find yourself in one of the more established expat hubs, with many other expatriates living and working around you, these expats will probably be from many different countries themselves, so the city will likely have a very multicultural population. Today, traditional foreigners clubs, where expats used to meet, don’t really function as they used to. More often than not, they are like museums where those who want a touch of the Hemingway-like experience can go for one – probably very expensive – drink.
This blogpost has been provided by Expat Explorer, a hub for all the latest expat conversations and the home of the Expat Explorer survey.
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Cathy Heyne, Living Abroad LLC