How to Survive Your First Few Months as an Expat in South Africa, Part II

If you enjoyed last week’s post by Phil Maloney –  who blogs at A Canadian in South Africa – then you might enjoy some more of his tips in Part II of his advice column for new expats in South Africa.

…You’ve just arrived in South Africa, and you’re filled with bright-eyed wonder. You’re adorable. If you’re managing to read this, great news: you managed to find an internet connection. That’s your first win. Now what?

5. Explore.

I promise you one thing: after a night of indulging in burritos and beer, it may ...  Continue Reading

How to Survive Your First Few Months as an Expat in South Africa, Part I

Some of you may have already had the privilege of reading some of Phil Maloney’s writing at A Canadian in South Africa, as I’ve posted links to some of his hilarious stories before. If not, visit his blog – but preferably AFTER you’ve read Phil’s guest post here on Joburg Expat. It’s another good one, full of useful advice for the future SA-bound expat. But more importantly, it’ll make you laugh. And who can’t use a good dose of that? Without further ado, I give you Phil Maloney, from A Canadian in South Africa:

So you’ve taken the plunge. Someone has convinced you that you’re special and talented. Your company could really use someone with your specific skillset at the branch in South Africa. And you bought it hook, line, and sinker. The reality is, you probably just pissed someone off at your ...  Continue Reading

Moving Abroad: The Must-Read “Expat Bible”

I have always said that I started Joburg Expat mainly to help other people in my shoes, because before we moved we had such little information. And it is exactly that aspect of my blog that has given me the most gratification. I love hearing from people who’re preparing a move and have come across my blog and find it invaluable.

But a local blog, while a great start, is just one tool in the soon-to-be expat’s toolbox. What’s also a must-have, in my opinion, is a more general How-To manual for expats, no matter where you move. There are certain general topics – schools, healthcare, the trailing spouse – ...  Continue Reading