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Posted on Mar 12, 2013 in Guest Posts, Migration News, Study Abroad |

Winning Internships for Non-College Students: Tips for Career Changes

At 17 or 18 years old, when you’re fresh out of high school, it’s really hard to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. Eventually, you make a decision. You might attend college or go to work in a trade; however, years later, you decide that this was not the right field for you. You’re ready to make a change, but what do you need to know about internships? Using Your Skills Internships are usually designed for individuals who are in a college program, but this statement does not mean that you have to be excluded. For example, you might have received an associates or bachelors degree in the past, and this degree could be a useful tool to you now. Find out if any local internships will accept this college credit. Your Own Research Once again, colleges tend to help connect students with internships. However, as long as you are willing to put in the work and look online, you can find plenty of opportunities for which you are eligible. A lot of businesses post advertisements on their company websites, and others will post on Craigslist. Please exercise caution when you are using the Internet, only meet at business places, not at another person’s home and leave if the situation becomes suspicious in any way. Understanding Payment Situations As a person who is returning to the world of education and internships for the first time in many years, it’s important to understand what happens in terms of payment for internships. Generally, you are not paid for this type of work. When you are looking for possibilities, you’ll likely notice that most of them say “unpaid” within the program description. Some might offer payment, but it will likely be rather low. You need to make sure that your current financial situation allows you to engage in such an endeavor. With a house to pay for and children at home, you may need to find an additional source of income. Balancing It All Since you are looking to change careers, you likely already have been...

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Posted on Mar 12, 2013 in Guest Posts, Living Abroad, Travel |

Driving Abroad: A Beginner’s GuideAbroad: A Beginner’s Guide

Many travellers go out of their way to protect themselves from crime or terrorism in foreign countries, but they do little to prepare for the number-one threat to Americans in foreign countries: driving. Vehicle crashes kill more travelling Americans than any other threat. Whether you need to prepare yourself for driving on the “wrong” side of the road or look into the right licenses you need for driving , it’s smart to prepare yourself to drive on your vacation or business trip abroad. In fact, the growing number of driving accidents caused by foreigners driving in an unfamiliar country has caused Chevron to develop the Arrive Alive program, which seeks to upgrade road usability and safety. They’ve helped developing countries to develop safer laws on the road including better signage and road quality. The responsibility doesn’t end with the quality of roads, however; it’s imperative that drivers prepare themselves to drive in a foreign country. Before you book your rental car, make sure that you do your research. Here are five tips for preparing for driving abroad. 1. Learn the Laws of the Land Check out the foreign country’s to learn the local laws. You will be able to find this information online or from the foreign embassy or often from the car rental company from which you book your car. Often countries will have specific laws about particular roads. You need to look into the different licenses required for divided highways in various countries. Also, look into the less formal rules of the road. For example, in some countries, you need to honk your horn as you’re coming around the corner and flash your lights when you want to pass. You’ll also want to learn the meanings of general traffic signs in the area. You’d hate to mistake a stop sign for a yield sign, for example. 2. Get Insured Just because you are insured in the United States doesn’t mean that you will be insured in a foreign country. Look into temporary car insurance offers in the country you’ll be visiting or find travel insurance that will...

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Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Guest Posts |

Potential Reasons for Australian Student Visa Refusal

The decision to study abroad for a time period is one that a growing number of students make, and some of them elect to go to Australia. Student visas generally need to be procured. What are some of the reasons that they might be denied? Past Problems/Issues While many individuals really want to study in Australia, others exist who are just looking for an easy way to get there. They have no plans to actually attend school, and they might have conned their way into other countries before. If this case is the one present, then it’s quite possible that the application will be denied (Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship). The person will be unable to continue participating in these dishonest acts and plans. The Requirements According to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship, a few other requirements exist to be allowed to obtain a student visa. Some of these include financial requirements for the costs associated with studying, a demonstrated proficiency in the English language and successful completion of the GTE. The GTE stands for the Genuine Temporary Entrant. In order to be admitted into the country, the student will have to successfully complete this requirement. If any of the aforementioned requirements are not completed, then the person might be refused a the usage of a student visa to come into Australia. Improper Documents When you are applying for a student visa, you are going to have to submit a lot of documents. Some people include information that is not quite accurate. They might do so because they are trying to sneak their way into Australia, or the inclusion of such material might be a genuine accident. In any case, the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship notes that such an application will likely be denied. If you just include the wrong information by mistake, find out if it is possible for you to apply again. Of course, you want to check the application over multiple times before you actually submit it. What to Do Now that we have covered the reasons that...

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Posted on Feb 27, 2013 in Australia, Guest Posts, Travel |

Australia Family Relocation Guide

Immigration is something many of us have considered at one point or another during our lives. For most foreigners however Australia carries a great deal of cliches based on the entertainment industry. These have largely shaped how people across the world imagine Australia – mostly kangaroos, vast plains and an overall completely wrong idea of what the country is today. Australia is a lot more and not nearly as close to the idea of Crocodile Dundee. There is much out there capable of surprising any traveler. The influx of Asian immigrants and their slow integration has greatly changed the way Australia operates these days. It would not be surprising to notice signs in Mandarin Chinese next to English translations, a multi-cultural environment and rich culture. The traditional description of Australia can no longer be applied the same way as before. Here are some things you must keep in mind when you travel or you want to immigrate to Australia: Remove properly all mass-media ideas from your head in regards to Australian culture. Movies such as Crocodile Dundee and others have very little to do with the reality of the matter. Having such a misconception about the way this country works will only confuse you. The cliches we are used to have nothing to do with the reality of the matter. Not all Japanese are quiet and reserved samurai, not all Americans are loud, not all Frenchmen eat croissants. The world is a melting pot of cultures, ideas and races that defies definitions and rigidity. In turn Australia is always changing, much like any other country. Expect airport security measures to be no less strict than those in the United States or elsewhere around the world. Australian authorities are still concerned after the Bali bombings from 2002 and at some point even lipstick was banned from flights because of a terrorist attempt. It is a good idea to follow all instructions and to treat the immigration authorities with patience and respect. They are only doing their jobs. Stay alert for physical dangers of the Australian lifestyle. Depending on where you...

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Posted on Feb 26, 2013 in Guest Posts, Living Abroad |

Tips To Help You Save Money on Your Next Holiday

Many people think that vacationing is very expensive. However, a closer examination tells you that it is not as costly as it looks to be and with a little planning, it can be relatively cheaper. Keeping a few things in mind, you can save a large sum of your hard-earned money. We provide you some tips here to plan a budget-friendly holiday trip. Planning: Your trip should be planned in advance. The early you plan, the cheaper your trip becomes. Generally, most trips can be planned three months before. Luggage: Pack only the things that you need and travel light. Extra baggage will make your transportation very uncomfortable and costs you more air-line fees. Booking in advance: A last-minute booking of tickets can have the money burn a hole in your pocket. Airfares are dead cheap when you book them months before. This also applies to trains in some regions. It is advisable to take rail passes if you have to travel by high-speed, long-distance or over-night trains. It is advisable to consult a travel agent as they will keep track of all the travel deals that normal public cannot access. Staying: Try to avoid staying at standard hotels by paying high prices as you might end up feeling bored and lonely. Budget hotels run by local families and guest houses give you a good hospitality and at the same time come at a far cheaper price. Also, try to find some good deals for the hotels online. Do not book hotels in big cities if you can travel by a car for a little distance. If there is a friend or a family member at the place you are vacationing, stay at their place and save the hotel bill. Food: Avoid having a pricy meal every time. Always carry some fruits, nuts, candy bars with you while on the move, so that you can eat them when hunger strikes. Also always carry bottled water with you and try to refill it when you find clean drinking water instead of buying packaged water every time. Travelling at the Destination:...

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Posted on Feb 26, 2013 in Guest Posts, Living Abroad |

Tips for Living in a Different Time Zone from Loved Ones

There’s probably no one earth who wouldn’t agree that family is everything. Sharing blood, sharing history, sharing memories. Having loved ones close by can be one of the most wonderful experiences any family can have though the years. But just because some cherished ones happen to be far away doesn’t mean you can keep close bonds and stay in regular contact. Here are few tips about how to keep even far away relatives close in your lives and your hearts, Telephone Until recently, telephone rates for calling far away states and foreign countries were astronomical. You had one phone company for your local calls and you had to choose another for your long distance calls. One key component in reducing these rates is the Internet and Vonage. For one monthly fee you can call your grandmother India and your cousins in Budapest as much as you like. You do, of course, have to keep time differences in mind so as not to disturb those close to you but that’s a small price to pay for the fabulous rates and freedom to reach out and hear the voices of your loved ones. According to digitallanding.com, “The Vonage VoIP service requires High Speed Internet, a touch-tone phone set and a quick setup Vonage box adapter. The adapter box is sold by Vonage when you sign up for service, and the setup instructions to get started are simple for anyone. Just plug in the Vonage box to your Internet modem and plug in your phone cord into the adapter box and you should be ready to make phone calls to mobile, landline, and other Vonage phone numbers. Email Email is without question the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to staying in touch with family and friends. You can reach out to someone detailing your thoughts and happenings and they can read it when it’s convenient for them. Then, on top of that, they can respond with a return email in your mailbox in just seconds. Perhaps the only downside of email is that it lacks some personalization though many...

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