I've got a craving for Turkish pistachios and need to find a way to get some here in South Korea. [more inside]
posted by vagabond
on Jan 8, 2006 -
Are there organizations that report on the human rights of gays and lesbians around the world? [more inside]
posted by Amizu
on Jan 6, 2006 -
How can I start saving for retirement when my career will likely take me from the USA to New Zealand? I wish to benefit from the tax-free nature of a saving scheme like the 401k plans, but I do not expect to spend all that much of my career (or lifetime) in the USA. Is there any way to move 401k savings to a similar scheme in New Zealand without losing it all to the tax penalties for early withdrawal? Are there any cunning alternatives? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin-
on Jan 4, 2006 -
What is the best way to do international transfers in order to get the best currency exchange rates and avoid excessive bank transfer fees? Transferring from the UK to Canada is costing me £20/transfer.
posted by srboisvert
on Dec 27, 2005 -
Chinese wedding gift customs: A close friend of mine is from mainland China, and she recently got married to a guy from England. I'd like to buy them a very nice wedding gift. Are there any Chinese customs that I should be aware of? Are certain gifts traditional? Should I stay away from certain colors? [more inside]
posted by gd779
on Dec 15, 2005 -
Wanted: Phone for T-Mobile.
Must be GSM triband (for international roaming), have Bluetooth, long battery life, unlockable and * Simple Quick operation * [more inside]
posted by lalochezia
on Dec 6, 2005 -
[Internship filter] Any ideas for a summer internship for a college student? Here are her stats: not a U.S. citizen, but can work in the U.S.; native speaker of Russian and Turkmen, fluent speaker of English and Turkish, moderate speaker of Spanish; business major; very personable; college sophomore. Paid internship would be best, but any place that could lead to a future job would be good.
posted by k8t
on Dec 4, 2005 -
Expat American hates money, inherits share of house, perhaps $100,000. Do I need an accountant, a lawyer or something else to advise? [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto
on Dec 2, 2005 -
In about a month I will return from one of the greatest experiences of my life - a multicultural travelling creative extravaganza.
Then what? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Nov 12, 2005 -
CAPSLOCKFILTER: OK - I have to ask: what's up with the International Caps Lock Day post over on blue, and the >350 comments? Someone please explain!
posted by russmail
on Oct 22, 2005 -
For the next 18 months I will be regularly traveling in the UK, Ireland and US (pleasure and business). What is the best strategy to optimize international compatibility and consolidate telephony, email and internet access into one (or the fewest) devices. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc
on Oct 20, 2005 -
I live in the US and have a niece (about to turn 6) and nephew (a year and a half) in Norway. Every year I have the same dilemma buying Xmas and bday presents for them and I'd love some ideas... [more inside]
posted by widdershins
on Sep 21, 2005 -
Does anybody know any good wine merchants in the UK that do international deliveries? Or good international wine merchants otherwise?
posted by Jongo
on Sep 5, 2005 -
Recourse Filter: I bought a product from a Canadian company. I realized upon it's arrival that it’s incorrect and was falsely advertised. Discussions with the company haven’t went well at all . Advice and suggestions on the possibility of getting things corrected? [more inside]
posted by peewee
on Aug 23, 2005 -
My cat needs a microchip ID implant in order to enter Japan with me. Japan (and most of the world) uses ISO-standard microchips, but the de-facto standard in the U.S. is incompatible. The main supplier of U.S. pet microchips has gone so far as to sue companies who try to sell world compatible chips to the U.S.
Does anybody know how to get an ISO-standard chip for my cat in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by jsonic
on Aug 23, 2005 -
Related to this question (and actually asked there but with no reply)
Is it possible for an international student to start all over again in a university somewhere else even if s/he's done prior university work in their home country? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Aug 12, 2005 -
A young woman that I am helping has recently left her home country (a totalitarian regime by any account) and is going to be attending undergraduate university in the U.S. in the fall. The school has given her a full ride as her family lives in extreme poverty. After she is done with school, she'll probably want to stay in the U.S., what sort of major should she choose so that she'll have the best chance of getting a job after that will provide her with a visa? I know some will say to choose what she loves, but she needs to be strategic.
posted by k8t
on Jun 24, 2005 -
When the United States gets involved in litigation before the International Court of Justice, who makes all of the relevant litigation decisions? [more inside]
posted by willbaude
on Jun 21, 2005 -
I am preparing for a lengthy (read: years) international trip to a number of different countries. One thing I need to get resolved before I go is to identify a bank that is based in Europe or Asia with branches in the US, so that I can effectively access, manage, and move funds while I am out of the country. I'm not interested in tax evasion or other illicit activity, just convenience and good service. Are there any banks that are based outside of the US and commonly accessible in most European countries? Extra points if they have good online features.
posted by arimathea
on Jun 8, 2005 -
I will soon be moving permanently from California to the UK. Besides the headaches of visa applications and plane tickets, I have an awful lot of crap I need to ship over. I'm looking for the cheapest, safest way to ship large amounts of clothing, books, etc. overseas. I don't mind if the cheapest option means it will take 3 months to arrive. Any advice on this matter is welcome. [more inside]
posted by circe
on Jun 2, 2005 -
What MeFi-like community blog sites do you recommend in the Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and German-speaking parts of the web? [more inside]
posted by mmahaffie
on May 19, 2005 -
What are the fundamental differences, if any, between US and UK political lobbyists? [more inside]
posted by Mutant
on May 8, 2005 -
I’m about to graduate from a small state university with a degree in political science. I’ve decided to spend a year or two traveling either at home (US) or abroad. I'm looking to do a lot of writing and photography and maybe make a book of it. It seems the only feasible option is to get a job traveling. The closest thing I’ve found so far is teaching English in Asia to graduate students like a friend of mine is doing. The pay is very low ($250/month, but most expenses paid) and I’d rather be moving around more. Any other ideas out there?
posted by trinarian
on Apr 8, 2005 -
One-way airfare is expensive -- it can be up to five times
as expensive as a normal round-trip flight during certain times of the year. What I'd like to know is this: can I skip the return flight on one of these cheaper round-trip tickets, or would that be asking for a visit from the friendly folks of the TSA? [more inside]
posted by moonbiter
on Mar 28, 2005 -
MoneyFilter: I get paid in the US and I live and work pretty much everywhere (mainly Europe). I've had it trying to transfer chunks of cash between the US and abroad: it's slow, expensive and a pain-in-the-neck. Any electronic/web-based solutions to this that people have been happy with? [more inside]
posted by costas
on Mar 16, 2005 -
I'm in the US, about to finish a graduate degree in about a year and a half, and I am interested in a career in international developmnent, and I was curious what different options I might have. Do any MeFiers have recommendations what areas I could go into? Pay is a concern for me, as I have fairly significant debt from undergraduate and graduate school, so I was not really looking at the nonprofit side as much. I was thinking of government or private sector, but I wanted to know what thoughts you all might have. Can I do private sector without working for some place that's exploitative? I'm really not sure what's out there past basic government jobs, so maybe someone has some suggestions. I've looked at books too, but i figured asking MeFiers might be good.
posted by jare2003
on Mar 10, 2005 -
What do you wish someone had told you before you went to Japan (or, indeed, anywhere outside the United States) for the first time?
posted by jjg
on Feb 14, 2005 -
I'm considering ordering some relatively expensive gear online from the US, however the suppliers will only ship domestically. Being that I live in Australia, this is a problem. Does anyone know of some reliable proxy operators who will provide a US address for delivery, and then ship internationally? Is this worth the risk/expense?
posted by Thoth
on Feb 2, 2005 -
Can anyone recommend a cheap, reliable international phone card? (Google returns millions of results.) Specifically, I'm looking for inexpensive rates from the US to Samoa.
posted by Dr. Wu
on Nov 18, 2004 -
My daughter's birthday is coming up and we would like to get her some Bratz Rollerblades. Unfortunately, the only ones we can find are in the UK and Argos won't ship outside of the UK and Ireland. Is there any way to get these in the US? (Nothing on Ebay, US or UK version)
posted by Apoch
on Oct 5, 2004 -
Is there a highly recommended online international escrow service? The United States and Europe would be the locations. [more inside]
posted by four panels
on May 27, 2004 -
I'm looking for job opportunities leading semester abroad trips or similar international educational experiences. I've done research and am continuing to do so on Google, but so far the two best organizations I'm aware of and have spoken to have not come up at all in my searching.
Before we start, I am not looking to teach English in China, Japan, Korea or elsewhere. I want to take a group of people to one or more countries for purposes of exposure, cultural exchange, and personal growth. My primary area of interest is Latin America, though I am willing to go almost anywhere (except, oh I don't know, Baghdad) in the world if the position is right. Responsibilities can include academic instruction, but don't have to -- i.e., I would also lead volunteer-work trips.
Your suggestions or leads are appreciated.
posted by whoshotwho
on Apr 29, 2004 -
International money transfers. I'd like to transfer some money, from the UK, to a family member in Australia. I'd like to do this as quickly and cheaply as possible. Preferably online. Any suggestions? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by MintSauce
on Mar 19, 2004 -
Following a link from the blue, I ended up here
. What would happen if I, as a non-US resident sent Dean - or any of the other candidates - money? Would it be likely to show up? Could they do anything to me? (I should emphasise that i have no intention of giving him a penny)
posted by biffa
on Feb 4, 2004 -
Round 2 - On Wednesday I posted a question
asking about living outside the US. In the responses, I got scolded for not providing enough background for people to offer good advice. Here's the original question: "I've been thinking about exposing myself and the family to the salutory benefits of living overseas (we live in the US now). The key question, of course, is where? I've heard some people speak reverently of New Zealand, but have never been there myself. Your suggestions and reasoning behind them would be welcome...
with the crucial [more inside] tag [more inside]
posted by Irontom
on Dec 19, 2003 -
There's Paypal, eGold, amazon bucks et al. Is there a "net-cash" system out there that people from all over the world - from Aruba to Brazil to Zimbabwe - can use?
posted by dabitch
on Dec 16, 2003 -