Working Abroad: What you Need Before You Travel
In case you are lucky enough to travel abroad for work, you will want to make sure nothing goes wrong. Back in university, I was given the chance to work in China as a teacher. I didn’t take the opportunity, as it wasn’t what I wanted at the time. However, I’ve seen so many people asking about work abroad over on Twitter. So I thought I’d write a little post about what I know!
If your company offered you a relocation package because you have essential language skills, you don’t want to let your boss down. Make sure your language skills are up to date. Thanks to the internet, you can now refresh your skills in almost any language online for free. Check out some of the apps and online language learning platforms and get ready to communicate in a new language for a while. Talk to people in the country in their own language and start reading newspapers.
Your company might offer you an insurance package, but you have to make sure it is suitable for your needs. You might want to shop around and find the right cover that will last for the duration of your trip around. You can deal with health and legal emergencies if you have a good worldwide travel insurance in place. Tell your insurer that you will be travelling for work, as this information will be taken into consideration when providing a quote.
The last thing you want is paying for your yearly checkups in another country. You need to check which corporate health plans your employer offers, and ensure they are suitable for you. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you might not be covered for some interventions and treatments. Without effective health insurance that covers you abroad, your time abroad can be ruined, and you can get into huge debt over your work trip.
CHECK YOUR PASSPORT AND VISA ARE CORRECT
Even if your company or University is arranging your travel, you need to remain vigilant. Talk to the Embassy of the country you are going to visit and make sure you have all the documentation needed. In some cases, you will need a letter from your employer about your work, and they might have to sponsor you to get in the country. Don’t leave planning to the last minute, and check the facts before you pack your bags.
It’s important to find out which vaccinations you need for travelling for work. Talk to a healthcare professional about the risk of infections and diseases. Depending on which part of the world you are going to, and what your job will involve, your nurse can tailor the vaccination plan to your needs.
Whenever you travel to work, you need to make sure you are ready and have taken care of all aspects of travel. Be prepared for emergencies, look after your health, prevent legal problems, and brush up your language skills to make the most out of working abroad.