4S1F50 Don't Let The First Three Months Dictate Your Experience
Jan
23
to Jan 26

4S1F50 Don't Let The First Three Months Dictate Your Experience

In this episode, Cleveland native now living in Ufa, Russia, Jasliyn Albert sits down for a chat with our host to share her experiences of getting to and living in Russia. Hear how Jasliyn learnt how to overcome her shyness to take on an expat life head-on.  Also, understand how the local people in this town in Russia may view this newcomer from America.

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4S1F39 Lower your expectations so that you can get the results that you want
Aug
31
to Sep 2

4S1F39 Lower your expectations so that you can get the results that you want

Join us this September 1st as our host, James Thomas, sits down for a chat with Zambian-Canadian expat-entrepreneur Mr. Rico Ngoma. Tune in and listen to what lead Mr. Ngoma to learn more about China and what gave him the spark to finally move to China and start a business in the southern ever-moving Chinese city of Guangzhou. As Rico’s parents are also deeply involved in business, it maybe fair to say that doing business is in Rico’s DNA.

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4S1F37 Taking a Leap of Faith
Aug
18
to Aug 19

4S1F37 Taking a Leap of Faith

In this episode, James is joined in his downtown office studio in Taipei with Mr. Johnny Fountain who currently works for a major global computer manufacturer with offices in Asia. Johnny is now based in Taipei, Taiwan and he joins us in this episode to talk about his experiences that lead to his life abroad. He talks about how he took a leap of faith and looks forward to life beyond the safety net he had at home.

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4S1F35 The Expat's Approach to Assimilation and Humility in Learning about a Host Country's Culture
Jul
21
12:00am12:00am

4S1F35 The Expat's Approach to Assimilation and Humility in Learning about a Host Country's Culture

The expat's approach to assimilation and humility in learning about a host country's culture, balancing birth/host country cultures, are we conquerors, escapees or explorers?

Join James Thomas and Jon Dunning as they explore the topic of the many type of expats that explore and for what reasons. 

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4S1F34 Ian Mote: From Chicken Feet to Crystal Baths
Jul
14
12:00am12:00am

4S1F34 Ian Mote: From Chicken Feet to Crystal Baths

We have expat author Ian Mote on the show to share his expat experience and how and why he decided to write a memoir of his life in China in his comically titled book "From Chicken Feet to Crystal Baths". As a youngster from London and while traveling from country to country with his parents, Ian may have picked up an expat gene along the way.

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4S1F28 There’s a Whole New World Out There
Apr
1
12:00am12:00am

4S1F28 There’s a Whole New World Out There

In this episode, we chat with Ms. Clara Wiggins, a prolific blogger, writer and mother of two wonderful girls from the UK and now living in South Africa. Clara is a TCK (Third Culture Kid) and shares her expat experiences with us and offers up some tips for living life abroad. Clara talks about the challenges of raising and educating children in an environment unlike the one they come from. Also, she taps into issues accompanying spouses of different types face while trying to maintain their relationship.

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Dec
23
12:00am12:00am

4S1F22 Jonathan Rollins: Keep an Open Mind

Jonathan Rollins

Jonathan Rollins

We are glad to have American expat Mr. Jonathan Rollins as a guest on the show. Now, living and working in Sweden, Jonathan is also married to a wonderful Swedish lady and they have a young little (1.5 year old) boy bouncing around the house. I learnt about Jonathan through a blog post he wrote about gun control in the US. His viewpoint of his home from abroad prompted me to track him down for a chat. As it turns out, Jonathan has an interesting story about how he ended up in Sweden and to top things off he is also a podcast co-host of a popular Swedish podcast! He podcasts in English mixed with Swedish! Very cool! And that’s not all! Jonathan is also a comedian! You just can’t get better than this! Join us for this memorable podcast!

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Dec
16
12:00am12:00am

4S1F21 Avalon Owens: Spend time in a place where you are a minority

Avalon Owens  (姜安蓉)

Avalon Owens  (姜安蓉)

An American expat from Harvard University studying Entomology in Taiwan, Avalon Owens (姜安蓉), joins us in a chat about how she ended up in Taiwan. Avalon has also spent time in Beijing and she explains the non-typical way she learned Mandarin Chinese. Avalon is full of energy and always delightful. Come hear what she has to say. I guarantee she’ll put a smile on your face.

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Dec
5
12:00am12:00am

4S1F19 Things you should know before accepting employment overseas.

Over the past few weeks, listeners have been writing to me asking about employment opportunities and conditions abroad and I found myself repeating the same advice over and over again. It looks like many people are to shy to leave a message on the website so I decided to create a podcast on the topic. Much like looking for employment in your home nation, there are basic questions that should be asked and be concerned about. However, simply because of the location and distances involved in overseas employment and assignments,  extra care and attention to detail must be given to the overall description, salary, benefits and others. All in all, working abroad can be a life changer for anyone accepting the challenge to step outside his or her home nation. It can help a person develop the skills necessary to function in an ever-expanding global marketplace. In this podcast I offer some tips to help those people looking for job opportunities overseas.

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Dec
2
12:00am12:00am

4S1F18: Mark Goding: There’s a grain of truth in a lot of what some people (say) who criticise

Mark Goding

Mark Goding

Mark Goding, a fifteen plus year Australian expat living in Taiwan, chats with James about his early travels before ending up in the place he now calls home. A class A optimist, Mark is well known for his endless energy and outspokenness and he always has an antidote for any situation or cause.  He keeps active by playing rugby and also runs his own business selling sausages to local restaurants.

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Nov
25
1:30am 1:30am

4S1F17 Kathy Wang: You have to be Brave

In this short episode we sit down for a late night chat with Kathy Wang, a Taiwanese expat living in Brisbane, Australia. Kathy started off her Australian journey on a working holiday. Now, two and a half years later, Kathy is pursuing her master’s degree and, at the same time, working in a local Australian company. Kathy talks about how she prepared to deal with language and cultural issues. She also points out the importance of getting out and mixing in your local community. 

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Nov
18
12:30am12:30am

4S1F16 William Cruz Molina: Taking opportunities to learn

Colombian Expatriate William Cruz Molina is in the Taipei studio to chat about how he ended up coming to Taiwan to study in university. William also talks about how important it is to get outside your protective shell and mix with an overseas environment. He explains the situations he encountered while learning the local language and culture. In the end, he points out how his experience as an expat helped him further develop his view of his life and world. 

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Nov
11
12:00am12:00am

4S1F15 Brent Smith: We’re really not that all different. Kindness is universal.

Brent Smith

Brent Smith

On November 11th we sit down for a chat with Brent Smith. Brent is a Canadian expat residing in Taiwan for 15 years! He shares his views of how his overseas experience helped him widen his view of the world. He notes during the interview that people are generally the same and kindness really is universal.  Brent has lived in a few places in Taiwan and is well qualified to compare and contrast both the positive and negative aspects of being a long-term overseas expat.

 

 

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Aug
22
to Aug 25

4S1F Interview: Stevie G.

Join James in a studio interview with local radio and TV personality Stevie G. Listen to the road this US expat took to find his way in his new home. Stevie has some funny encounters and anecdotes to share during his time in Taiwan.

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