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Africa 'an expat's adventure'

People inspired to move abroad are sometimes held back by the practicalities of living and raising children in another country, but one woman has testified that the experience can be positive.

Frances Woodhams has been writing about her experiences as an expatriate in Nairobi, with her husband and two children.

While she points to many challenges presented by living in the country, she also describes the experience as an "adventure", not just for herself but her children as well.

However, anyone considering emulating Ms Woodhams and heading to Africa to set up their home should make sure they have taken out expatriate health insurance, just in case they are caught by some of the continent’s more dangerous creatures.

"A day of gentle sailing on inland lakes means keeping half an eye out for deadly hippo, which gives the routine capsize drill a new dimension, to say nothing of the worry of catching waterborne bilharzias," Ms Woodhams writes.

She adds that while Africa "really does stretch your comfort zone", Ms Woodhams hopes the experience will ensure her children grow up into "resilient, well-rounded adults".

Meanwhile, recent research from human resources firm Mercer has warned that expatriate insurance might become more important than ever over the months ahead, with many companies preparing for lean times during the global economic recession.

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