I thought of entitling this blog, “How I became a multi-millionaire?” But Chose Instead – Financial Independence? How to build a nest egg as an international expat living overseas? Frugal necessity helps! By CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet

Climbing Mountains Somewhere In Switzerland – You never know where your travels may take you and what opportunities there are for outreach … :), By CPO

I thought of entitling this blog, “How I became a multi-millionaire?” But … :), By CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet

I thought of entitling this blog, “How I became a multi-millionaire?” But thought that maybe too precocious? Then thought of a more pragmatic title, “Financial Independence? How to build a nest egg as an international expat living overseas? Frugal necessity helps!” Hmm perhaps both titles are okay seeing there is an element of truth in both headings.

Student Debt – Climbing Out of the Pit

When I first came overseas, I had just finished a Master Degree and had a mountainous student loan. My parents had helped me out with student living costs and I did a lot of side jobs along the way from camp counselor for youths with disabilities to tutoring foreign students learning English, but I still had a sizable debt of around $20,000. I didn’t even have a song to my name …

Penniless in Asia  🙂

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Your Child’s Education and What You Should Do About It? Homeschooling, is it right for you? … While in an Overseas Expat Life Context? Is it worth it? This blog will explore some of these ideas … By CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet

Somewhere in Switzerland – Mountains – No international school here! 🙂 – You never know where your travels may take you and what opportunities there are for outreach … :), By CPO

So you have decided to travel the world?

So you have decided to travel the world doing outreach with kids and now what? Education?

Okay you are sent off as an international expat to some far hidden corner of the planet, and so where do you park the kids in school now?

Wife!!!: “Well dear, if we go overseas, where should we educate our kids? “

Impish looking husband: “Um good question honey …” 🙂

It is perennial question for newbie expats with kids or newbie newlyweds with babies? … on the horizon. The usual avenues are international schools, local schools or homeschool.

This article will focus on homeschooling seeing the other avenues for your child’s education will be explored in other posts.

A new environment

Wife: “But what were you expecting? What is wrong with pizza with squid on it? It is perfectly normal here!”

Husband: “Hmmm well at least they have pizza, ummmm that is pizza? Isn’t it?”

The smiling local says 🙂  “Well we call it … विद्रूप पिज्जा vidroop pijja (Hindi)”

Usually newbie expats or parents have no idea of what they are getting themselves into when going overseas. You hop on the plane zipping around the world, jump off the plane with your luggage and kids in tow or expecting wife and expect America? Canada? Australia, Britain?

But it isn’t!

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Retirement Series # 1 -Life with No Safety Net – Retirement Investing While Overseas – Expat International Living – Book Review – By CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet

Freiburg, Germany – Near the Black Forest – Retirement Directions? – You never know where your travels may take you and what opportunities there are for outreach … :), By CPO

Sorry Sir! – No Safety Net Here?

Often there is no safety net provided by companies, or not much, when it comes to early retirement overseas … and expats are left to fend for themselves. It is a sink or swim environment.

Walk the Plank Laddie – to the Sharks I Say 🙂

Lost at sea with the sharks slamming the boat and they thought the end was near …. That was the headline that caught my attention when the story of 2 lady sailors who had been lost at sea for several months were rescued … they were safe but just barely survived on their diverted route to Fiji – they never got there.

Financial planning is often like that especially nowadays when it comes to retirement planning and investment – even while at home, not to mention the shark infested waters of retirement planning while overseas.

But what if you could circumnavigate the sharks … there is a fellow who had done just that, survived cancer and retired in his 40’s and can usually be found basking around the world in some tropical place like Mexico or beyond.

Millionaire Teacher? Stop Pulling My Wooden Leg! Aye, Aye Sir!

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Yo ho, ho! A CPO Diplomat’s life for me?  Life as a diplomat ….? By CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet

Around Lake Geneva, Switzerland  – You never know where your travels may take you and what opportunities there are for outreach … :), By CPO

A CPO Diplomat’s life for me?  Life as a diplomat ….?

Yo ho, ho  – and a bottle of orange juice?  …. Oops I mean, a CPO Diplomat’s life for me? Hmmm maybe or maybe not? But there are different options… but before we go exploring plan B options let’s also look at how difficult it is to get into the diplomatic core.

I remember my first awakening to this world. We were at a university bible study meeting for the Navigators and a fellow named Scott started chatting with me … I come from a fairly small town along the beaches of the Great Lakes … which I mentioned to him and he said,  “Oh I will be swimming in the Indian Ocean for Christmas.”  I said what? In confusion … looking out at the snow ( … and dreaming of tropical beaches far away) … seeing my small town mind had never come against such a being …. India???? I said??? Ocean??? I said. And he said, “Yes my parents work for the embassy as diplomats and we have lived all over the world” … He said matter of factly, “We were in Russia on our last posting!”  Well it was a world I didn’t even know existed except distantly as the background of some adventure movie.

My imagination was piqued.

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Targeted International School Job Searches – A Job Affair? – Your 2 Best Job Finder Friends – Series # 2

Black Forest, Germany – Apples Free to Pick – You never know where your travels may take you and what opportunities there are for outreach … :), By CPO

(What if I said you could get a ticket to virtually ANY OF THE 195 COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD by becoming a CPO … – … And it  is relatively easy … ??? Well that is what this website endeavors to help you to do.)

***  Clueless in Asia???

By CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet! 🙂

Yes that was me when I first arrived on the international scene so many moons ago… I found a job via this new fangled thing called the Internet in the 90’s and have never looked back…. but did wonder how to go forward.

I Remember it Well!!!!?! 🙂

I remember it well …. getting off the plane in a run-down airport, masses of bicycles swarming the streets, meandering dark ally-ed village like ancient streets and housing, maze like labyrinths of convoluted byways with wafting smells and odours from refuse, cooking or outhouses, coal burning heaters and cookers with smokey haze rising … scenting and coating everything with coal dust … strange foods that surprised with delight and street food with food poisoning … it was a different world for me …

The Dark Side????! 🙂

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Targeted International School Job Searches – By City or Country – Series # 1

Tokyo, Japan – You never know where your travels may take you and what opportunities there are for outreach … :), By CPO.

(What if I said you could get a ticket to virtually ANY OF THE 195 COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD by becoming a CPO … – … And it  is relatively easy … ??? Well that is what this web site endeavors to help you to do.)

Virtual Tourism? 🙂  … Ooops I mean Job Search – There are many ways to search …..

There are many ways to search the international school job scene. The experienced teacher to the expat world will find this obvious, but for newbies you may find this article useful.

Having said that … maybe some of you old hands may find a few variations here that you have forgotten about too.

A lot of teachers take the shotgun approach, and we will explain more on that in following posts …. but lets look at the question ….

“But what if don’t wanna teach just anywhere?!!!” I have a dream….!!!

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In the News …. Retirement Options … Full Time Cruise Life vs Assisted Living, By CPO – From the Far Side of the Planet

Fun Options to Live Internationally, Even in The Twilight Years

Live the Dream?! 🙂 … Have you ever dreamed of living on a cruise ship – FULL TIME? (By CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet) Lake Annecy, France

Live the Dream?! 🙂 … Have you ever dreamed of living on a cruise ship – FULL TIME?

Of course I have heard of and knew some folks lived full time on cruise ships, but it never occurred to me as a possible option for retirement living, let alone for assisted living.

If you have the means to retire … it is surprisingly cheap!

Surprisingly the costs are much the same, around a $100 dollars a day or less with senior discounts.

Oceania Cruises

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Thousands of International School Jobs for Outreach Evangelically Minded Christian Professionals Overseas (CPO) – By CPO – From the Far Side of the Planet! :) 

Tokyo, Japan – Endless Skyscrapers – You never know where your travels may take you and what opportunities there are for outreach … :), By CPO

(What if I said you could get a ticket to virtually ANY OF THE 195 COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD by becoming a CPO … – … And it  is relatively easy … ??? Well that is what this web site endeavors to help you to do.)

You Say … Thousands of International School Positions … ?

Onward and outward … the opportunities are virtually endless.

Wouldn’t it be great if most of the several hundred thousand international school positions for teachers and administrative staff were taken up by evangelical minded Christian Professionals Overseas?

Churches – Double Your Investment Output for Free?

Basically in our churches we could double or more the number of overseas missionaries for free seeing they would be self-supporting career makers.

So what are the numbers like?

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Christian Professionals Overseas – Series – Part 2 – About Us – I have a dream …

Japan Disney – You never know where your travels may take you and what opportunities there are for outreach … :), By CPO.

What if I said you could get a ticket to virtually ANY OF THE 195 COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD by becoming a CPO … – … And it  is relatively easy … ??? Well that is what this website endeavors to help you to do.)

I Have a Dream … to the Moon? …

I have always been a bit of a dreamer … when I was 5 years it was like be a garbage-man because they are cool … and they have a cool truck. Hmmm then it was like be an Apollo astronaut ’cause they can go to the moon … I collected all these NASA pictures, made rockets out of toilette paper roles and dreamed of blasting off to other worlds.

Next it was like start a billion dollar business with real estate, stocks and oil …. I had it all planned out meticulously on paper.

Goals are important but? …

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Christian Professionals Overseas – Series – Part 1 – About Us

Shanghai – You never know where your travels may take you and what opportunities there are for outreach … :), By CPO.

(What if I said you could get a ticket to virtually ANY OF THE 195 COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD by becoming a CPO … – … And it  is relatively easy … ??? Well that is what this website endeavors to help you to do.)

 

My name is Michael and my wife’s name is Yan.

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By CPO – From the the Far Side of the Planet – To Encourage and to Inspire Outreach Everywhere

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