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  • Send Your Expat Memories to Us for Free Via Voerman - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    We collect and preserve the life stories of expats and their families worldwide and in any language Our emphasis is on unique personal writing and collections in contrast to already published material preferably unedited material written at the time and not rewritten later We collect diaries and memoirs blogs letters and emails postcards films and recordings and any other paperwork to do with your life abroad such as invites tickets packing lists school reports and official documents Free pickup with Voerman isn t the only free service we provide Once your collection has been scanned and digitalised we will send you a CD with your collection on it for you to keep You will also have peace of mind that we will store your material properly and respect any special requirements that you make on your signed donation agreement So why should you donate your expat story to us We will keep your collection together so that it won t be split up or lost and we have the facilities to store it in a proper archival environment You will be supporting expat research and helping us to preserve the social history of expatriate life Above all we treasure your

    Original URL path: http://www.xpatarchive.com/send-your-expat-memories-to-us-for-free-via-voerman/ (2016-04-26)
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  • The Forbidden Kiss: An Expat Love Story - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    from originally For Valentine s Day here is a story from our archive recalling a dramatic ending to a romantic moment in Venezuela in the 1950s It was on a lovely morning more than forty years ago The Dutch boat had just reached the port of La Guaira and I had had my first glimpse of Venezuela the beautiful green hills of the coast I felt happy the long three weeks journey was over and I was soon going to meet my fiancé As we had to wait for the customs officers to arrive my fiancé and I drove out of town to a quiet spot to enjoy a tender tete á tete But no sooner had we moved a little closer to one another than out of nowhere a grim looking policeman appeared Trespassing the law he snapped and without further ado opened the door of the car sat on the back seat and ordered my fiancé back to town to the jefatura the main police station My fiancé having lived in the country for twelve years knew better than to protest There the officer in charge a dignified elderly gentleman dressed in white listened with a stern fact

    Original URL path: http://www.xpatarchive.com/the-forbidden-kiss-an-expat-love-story/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Volunteer At The Expatriate Archive Centre - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    week then please get in touch Here are some quotes from past volunteers As a volunteer I have been able to have autonomy in selecting tasks I would like to be involved in Another advantage was that the EAC is an English speaking environment I am building up networks and connections which are of a great importance nowadays The staff have a knack for making volunteers feel welcome and at

    Original URL path: http://www.xpatarchive.com/volunteer-at-the-expatriate-archive-centre/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Book Reviewers Needed - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    archive in two ways Firstly it encourages authors to donate their books if they know that there will be a review published on our website so you are helping us to grow our collection Secondly it is a great way for us to show the range of books in our library to researchers The review process is simple We will post a book to you you read it and write a short 400 500 word review which we then place on our website You can send the book back to us so that we can put it back on the shelves and we will reimburse you for the postage costs Book reviewing is currently the only way that you can volunteer for the Expatriate Archive Centre from your own home so if you have ever thought about volunteering but were unable to travel or make the time commitment then perhaps this is the perfect way for you to help us Reviewers are always credited for their work and we can also include a short 2 3 line biography if you wish Are you interested in reviewing an expat book from our library Please get in touch by emailing welcome xpatarchive

    Original URL path: http://www.xpatarchive.com/book-reviewers-needed/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Make a Resolution to Preserve Your Expat Paper Trail - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    written in for research and for the future So why should you donate your expat story to us Here are a few good reasons You ll be supporting academic research into expatriation researchers need original source material Your collection will be kept together in proper archival conditions better than a shoe box or an attic and it won t be split up or lost It won t cost you anything wherever you are in the world we can refund postage and for larger collections we have an arrangement with Voerman International Movers You can donate as you move around a collection can be added to at a later date so you can send your paper to us instead of throwing it away You can request a free digital copy once we ve scanned your whole collection we can put it on a CD for you much easier to transport and you can make copies for your family Your story is important no matter how many places you ve been to or how far you have travelled you are part of the large and varied tapestry of expat life And if you think your collection is far too big to sort

    Original URL path: http://www.xpatarchive.com/make-a-resolution-to-preserve-your-expat-paper-trail/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Winter at the Expatriate Archive Centre - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    spending Sinterklaas in a foreign land Christmas tales in faraway places touching reflections on the importance of friendships and how holidays can sometimes be anything but relaxing One piece of writing in our archive by a Dutch family living in Norway illustrates how different customs and expectations can be in another country It was Christmas Eve and the youngest neighbor above us sixty years old invited us for a cup of coffee we hurried through our evening meal We were a little surprised to see a completely laid table Modest as we were we tried not to look at it After the drink we were asked to join them at the table First we got a small course after that soup and then a complete dinner was put on the table with many kinds of meat and greens There was no way out Then we had the choice out of several desserts Would we like a cup of coffee now So we got the coffee Norwegian way with seven different sorts of cake and cookies I still wonder why I wasn t exploded that night Norwegians are friendly and very hospitable and I still have the best of memories of

    Original URL path: http://www.xpatarchive.com/winter-at-the-expatriate-archive-centre/ (2016-04-26)
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  • New Researcher: Photography Project - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    Kalle is interested in exploring the feeling of disconnectedness as an expat Our archivist showed him some material from our collection and our library of expat related literature Kalle has a portfolio website showing examples of his past work including documentary and dance photography We look forward to seeing the results of his expat project The Expatriate Archive Centre collects the life stories of expatriates and repatriates and their families

    Original URL path: http://www.xpatarchive.com/new-researcher-photography-project/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Book Review: “China Cuckoo” by Mark Kitto - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    to time Finally he decided to own a house and a cottage on top of the mountain to escape the overwhelming pressure of his own publishing empire in Shanghai It was originally a great idea to spend weekends and summertime only in the remote mountain but later his empire collapsed overnight and his summer house became his last resort to continue to live in China Naturally enjoying the simple life he fell in love with rural life in China With his accurate insight he also quickly found another opportunity which actually suited him best He experienced all the aspects of Chinese society including corruption court decisions driven by party directives contract issues with Chinese officials Chinese no rule philosophy all fit mindset and disasters such as a house fire and typhoon At the end the dream eventually came true that he was finally accepted by local officials of Moganshan and lived as a real Chinese person From a mini media mogul to an owner of unique business on top of the mountain his life developed significantly and turned another page By being married to a Chinese woman he adapted himself quickly in both private life and professional career Equipped with Chinese knowledge he observed and summarized all subtle feelings and reactions from a foreign eye and displayed the culture gap from a completely different angle As many people become lost in standard literal translations provided by dictionaries or travel guide books he made the comparisons between the actual meaning and the translated version He especially made excellent descriptions of Chinese philosophy which was very often being ignored by foreigners but is the foundation of Chinese culture As a Chinese I was deeply touched and inspired by his sense of humor and positive words I was especially moved by his ups

    Original URL path: http://www.xpatarchive.com/book-review-china-cuckoo-by-mark-kitto/ (2016-04-26)
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