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How the Heck Do You Make Friends in London?

Yes, the ever-elusive ‘how to make friends in London’ situation. It’s funny when you think about it: it’s one of the few things we actually get worse at as we get older. Since university I’ve watched my circle of friends dwindle1 with no signs of it abating. So, when I started writing…

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What is “Home” When You’re In Constant Motion?

  Home It’s an elusive term, isn’t it? It’s why we have so many aphorisms about it: “Home is where the heart is.” “A man [sic] travels to figure out what he’s looking for and returns home to find it.” “Home is where I can look and feel ugly and…

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I’m Back in Canada. But I’m Not Home.

(Goodness I’m melodramatic!) Things are slow here on the blog, but it certainly hasn’t felt that way for me on the ground. I got back to Canada at the end of August and started my MA program just over a week later. I barely had time to reconnect with friends,…

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Reader Question # 7: How Do I Find a Flat in London?

Flat hunting in London is a harrowing experience. I get a lot of questions about it from readers but I have put off writing about it because it’s an elaborate issue and it requires a lot of attention to detail. There are so many factors involved that this post will…

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Reader Question # 6: Should I Put My Youth Mobility Visa Status on my CV?

Hi Alyssa! I got my visa in June and I’m due to leave first week of September. I’m just wondering, should I mention that I have the Youth Mobility Visa on my CV or cover letter? How did you go about doing this? Additionally, I’ve got an honours degree in…

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Getting a UK Youth Mobility Visa for Canadians

About This Guide This is a step-by-step guide to applying for a Tier 5 YMS visa for the UK, while located outside the UK. If you’re reading this post, I suspect you’re considering or are in the process of applying for your Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa for the United Kingdom….

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Reader Question # 5: How do I Deal With Taxes in Canada While On a UK Youth Mobility Visa?

Tax season is around the corner and that means I’ve been getting frantic emails from readers about paying taxes in the UK and whether they have to file a tax return in Canada while living abroad. It turns out this stuff really isn’t as complicated as I thought! The short…

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Youth Mobility Visa for Canadians – Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions New in 2015: What is the Immigration Health Surcharge? If you are applying for a Youth Mobility Visa, you are now required to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge. This amounts to £150 per year of the visa validity, therefore £300. No, it doesn’t matter that you only plan…

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Surviving Your First Lessons as a Teaching Assistant in France

It’s that time of year again – British Council, Comenius and TAPIF assistants from English-speaking countries around the world are preparing to enter classrooms full of French kids to help them improve their English. If there’s one thing I learned in my 2 years as an English assistant in France,…

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Reader Question # 4: How to Bring Money Over to the UK?

How have people brought their money over to the UK? I’m trying not to bring large sums in cash. Do people write a cheque to themselves and deposit it when they arrive and start a bank account? – Johnny   Dear Johnny, This is a great question! There are a…

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