The Most Direct Path to Living, Working and Dating in Foreign Countries
I never thought that I would write an article on such a daring subject, but there are people of all age groups who would love to improve their foreign relations skills. So, why not live overseas, meet and date others who are probably waiting for someone just like them to come along and rock their world.
Overseas Dating Sites
Dating foreign men and foreign women has skyrocketed at the advent of the Internet. There are now thousands of overseas dating sites dedicated to matching up foreign men and women who are looking for that special someone. After all, if you can’t find your soul mate in your home turf, maybe it’s time to look elsewhere.
Men Seeking Foreign Women
Interestingly, there are programs designed for men to travel overseas to meet local women in hopes of finding their future wife. The problem is that there is not enough time to develop a lasting relationship. Most often, the men return to their home countries to continue the online dating cycle.
There are millions of men around the world who would love to meet and possibly marry the woman of their dreams. In some cultures, woman will do everything they can to please the man. No, these men are not necessarily misogynous.
Yes, some of the women may be half their age, but unlike Western cultures, it’s a normal and accepted behavior. In return, he provides genuine love for her, takes care of her needs, and possibly helps her family members out financially.
The wonderful thing is that everybody is happy in this arrangement.
Live Overseas and Meet Your Mate
I think that the most effective way to meet your “overseas soul mate” is to live overseas. Why spend time traveling overseas for a short trip, or sifting through foreign dating ads when you can live and meet your perfect mate in person?
For many, this is probably the best way to get to know someone; You know where they live. You meet their family, and you get a whole new perspective of their culture and whether you want to continue the relationship or move on.
How do you get started on such a daring adventure? If you have a family member who could sponsor you, this might be the easiest route to take as family is often how millions of foreigners have immigrated into great opportunities.
If your parents or grandparents were citizens of a foreign country, chances are, you might be eligible to obtain permanent residency through descendancy, depending on the country’s guidelines. This option provides you legal status to live and work in that country.
A little research on the country’s official immigration site might lead you to an opportunity you were not aware of.
Get a Job
The most popular employment opportunities for those considering working overseas are English speaking jobs, vacation club jobs, corporate jobs, cruise ship jobs, government jobs, and nonprofit jobs.
Additionally, there are numerous companies that sponsor foreigners to fill positions in a variety of occupations that locals may not be qualified to perform including U.S. federal jobs on or near government installations.
An additional benefit is that you are paid in U.S. dollars with a competitive U.S. Salary in a foreign country where the cost of living is very low.
This would be an ideal opportunity for you to meet the person of your dreams. Just like in your home country, you can meet the person that you are supposed to spend the rest of your life with. Happens all the time.
If you speak the local language, then your opportunities are certainly greater. Taking a language class can be your ticket to another part of the world. It also depends on your skill set.
Although these jobs traditionally attract a younger audience, who is to say that you cannot teach English in China, or Argentina, or France as a middle age person? There are tons of schools around the world that are always in need of native English speakers.
The salaries and benefits vary, but you choose when and where you want to work. Most of the schools will pay for your airfare, accommodations and you can receive a decent salary.
Asia seems to be the continent that is seeking the most English teachers as their economies are improving. Also, more Asians have the means to place their children in international schools to learn Western language and cultures.
Asian countries that do the most hiring are China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, and Indonesia.
According to Go Abroad, one of the largest online overseas job sites, that there are over 80 countries seeking native English teachers year around. Believe it or not, they are desperate because they cannot fill the vacancies.
If you are teaching in a foreign country and working with other teachers, there are opportunities to form lasting relationships in this environment. After your one or two-year contract if complete, you can decide whether you want to remain there or move elsewhere.
Vacation Club Jobs
There are resorts all over the world who are always seeking experienced and non-experienced vacation club professionals for their sales and marketing departments. Most of these clubs hire foreigners and will provide sponsorship which includes your work permit.
If you are experienced enough, some will even provide airfare and accommodations in addition to your salary or commission.
Since the 1980s, popular hotel chains such as Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Sheraton and even Disney are dominating the vacation club market and always looking for fresh faces to sell and market their products in desirable locations around the world.
There are many success stories of foreigners relocating overseas and working in vacation clubs who have met their soul mates and now have families who are doing well, attending private schools, traveling and living a good life. A book has even been written about this industry. How To Work in Vacation Hot Spots.
Women Searching For Foreign Men
Likewise, there are millions of women of all age groups who would love nothing better than to meet their soul mate even if it’s in another country.
Many websites encourage women to travel and to work in overseas jobs. Overseas jobs for women is a website that focuses on women who are searching for overseas jobs,. Women on The Road is a site that promotes smart and safe traveling for women who travel solo. Traveling Nurses is a site for professional nurses to live and work overseas and provides a forum, and provides links to help candidates obtain employment in places they’ve only dreamed of living.
If you are living on a retirement income, you can live like a king or queen in many foreign countries with amenities that many foreigners only dream of. There are places around the world where you can live in a gated two or three-bedroom condominium with a swimming pool, fitness center and other amenities for as little as $500 - $800 monthly and this could include utilities. It really depends on the lifestyle you desire to live.
Once you live there, opportunities are everywhere for you to find the person of your dreams shopping or browsing in local businesses, specialty group meetings, religious organizations, meditation and yoga sessions, or nonprofit organizations that are always seeking volunteers for their cause.
Expat Communities Are Booming
According to InterNations, there were more than 12,500 respondents representing 166 nationalities and living in 188 countries or territories who participated in their Expat Insider 2017 Survey; The World Through Expat Eyes, and had their say on moving, living and working abroad.
Thirty-five percent of them indicated that they moved abroad because of work or for love. Fifty-six of the respondents were female and 46% male.
There are many websites that promote some of the best places to retire overseas. Life and Invest Overseas is one of the sites that details the pros of moving and living abroad, and investing overseas.
According to an article from Telegraph, the top ten places with the some of the largest number of expat romances, or were married to locals are Peru (72%), Greece (71%), Philippines (66%), Finland (63%), Romania (62%), Argentina (60%), Brazil (59%), Columbia (50%), Thailand (57%), Poland and Ecuador (56%).
Are You Ready For The Move?
The question is, “Are you ready for a new chapter in your life?” Are you ready to embark on an adventure that just might land you that dream life, that dream job or that dream date? Everything that you need to get started is awaiting. The ball is in your hands.
So, what are you waiting for? Go for it!
Wayne C. Robinson is an author, international speaker and film producer who spends his time between the U.S. and Asia.
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