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South Africa Expat News

How education differs around the world

Every country has a different approach to education and ideas of the best philosophy for schools and students can vary quite significantly across the globe. The history and culture of a place can play a huge part in what schooling means to them.  Although there are major differences in education around the world there are also similarities, which often show themselves in the shape of the school year and the amount of time that students are expected to attend school for. Here are ... Read more

The Latest on British Expat Pension Freeze

The UK State Pension is paid to British nationals of retirement age who have contributed through their National Insurance for the required number of years. The state pension increases each year since the introduction of the ‘triple lock’ guarantee, in 2010. But what happens to your pension if you decide to retire abroad? Expat pensioners can claim their state pension abroad, as long as they have paid enough UK National Insurance. However, there are currently over 500,000 expat pensioners living in Canada, New Zealand ... Read more

10 Best Experiences for Adrenaline Junkie Travellers

For thrill seekers, the average holiday package is simply not enough. There lies within a deep yearning for adventure, a void that has to be filled! The challenge to live life to the full is something that many dream about, yet seldom accomplish. But for those of you ready to summon that guttural courage, there is a whole world of exciting and adrenaline filled opportunities awaiting you. You just need to know where to look for them. Behold only the very best adrenaline ... Read more

An Expat Student Guide to South African Visas

Since around 2004, the number of international students heading to South Africa has skyrocketed. Affordable fees, a low cost of living and a chance to experience one of the world’s most fascinating cultures have been huge drawers for foreign students. If you are considering studying in South African, get grips with students visas with our guide below. Do you need a South African student visa? If you are coming to South Africa to study from any other country you will need a study visa. ... Read more

The Best Game Reserves for Safari in South Africa

Many consider South Africa the home of safaris. Many people dream of jetting to the southern tip of the great continent to see the likes of lions, elephants, and giraffes in their natural habitat. The countless reserves encompass every possible landscape, from desert and forest to mountain and coast. However, each has an incredible array of wildlife which is all protected by the reserve. Shamwari Game Reserve Shamwari Game Reserve is the southernmost Big Game private reserve in South Africa. Furthermore, it is ... Read more

The 7 Best Cities Around the World for Freelancers

Having the freedom to be your own boss and work on a variety of different projects is extremely attractive to some. Furthermore, the ability to access everything digitally and work remotely means you do not need to be stuck in your home office, let alone your country of birth, if you choose otherwise. Being self-employed abroad can be a financial gamble for newbies, but there are some countries where things are looking rosy for digital nomads. Lisbon, Portugal The Portuguese capital, Lisbon is creative ... Read more

How Much Does It Cost to Live in South Africa?

South Africa’s 53 million strong population has its fair share of expats. While many revel in visiting the Rainbow Nation for a holiday, the thought of living in a country still bearing the scars of apartheid is a challenge. South Africa has high levels of poverty and racial disparity is still extremely prevalent but there are aspects of expat life in the country that are extremely appealing. The Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, release their global Prosperity Index annually. The survey ... Read more

The Best Places to Visit in March for Reliable Sunshine

This winter’s weather in the UK has made for an eye-watering experience. The winter of 2015/2016 has gone down as one of the wettest and windiest on record, thanks to the effects of El Nino. While temperatures may have sat comfortably above average, seemingly endless sheets of rain and widespread flooding have dampened the spirit of many Brits. Fortunately, of course, it’s ever easier and cheaper to leave British shores for a few weeks. If you’ve had enough of waiting for spring to arrive, ... Read more

Booking a Holiday? Here’s Where Your Money Will Go Furthest….

Thanks to global currency changes, visiting the same holiday destination as you did last year could cost you considerably more – or less – than it did in 2015. For example Sterling is worth less against the Euro than any time in the last year, meaning that European holidays are likely to cost you more. As a result its likely that trips, eating out and buying souvenirs are likely to cost you considerably more than last year. That is, of course, unless you've still got a ... Read more
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