Jan
20
2015

Claim your international tax refund

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Living and working abroad has many advantages. You can learn about a different culture,  visit some really  cool sights and experience new things all while saving for your education.  A few weeks of snowboarding, kayaking or swimming with dolphins does wonders for relieving the burden  of everyday monotony.  While you’re having the time of your life probably the last thing on your mind is claiming back overpaid income tax.  Read on for some tips on how to do just that! While working abroad, your […]

Jan
11
2015

Encounter new cultures in your own backyard: explore Canada’s diversity through photography

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  Going abroad can be a great experience. Travelling brings you in contact with other cultures and new perspectives, and expands the way you think and understand the world. But here’s the thing: so can staying in Canada. Canada’s foreign-born population is now over 6.8 million—that’s over 20 percent of the total population. In the 2011 National Household Survey, Canadians reported more than 200 ethnic origins. Right here at home, we are surrounded by (and […]

Nov
7
2014

The rising cost of Education and how to fund your university studies

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“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”  ― Nelson Mandela Education is one of the primary requirements in today’s day and age, but affording it is a luxury. From kindergarten to a post graduate degree – parents struggle to deal with the growing cost of education. Researchers have shown that the cost of education has […]

Oct
30
2014

Top Ten China Treks: From Everest to the Gobi Desert and a week on the Great Wall (Part 2) – by Asmita Sarkar

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Accessible trek: If you are short on time and looking for an amazing trek near one of China’s major airports, try one of these sites.  Many of these do not require a guide or extensive mountaineering training.  Learning Mandarin (basic and conversational) before undertaking these treks is always a good idea. Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking (near Kunming, home to China’s fourth largest airport): 2-3 days This route, unparallel in beauty, is an UNESCO world heritage […]

Oct
14
2014

Top Ten China Treks: From Everest to the Gobi Desert and a week on the Great Wall (Part 1) – by Asmita Sarkar

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China is vast and when it comes to culture, climate and geography the diversity is astounding. When you look for hiking destinations in China, expect to find many, each with its challenges, and breathtaking scenic beauty. Here are five that we consider in the Top 10 – keep checking back for our next post for the other five.  Tibet and Yunnan both take up three of the ten spots on this list.  While all of Tibet’s treks […]

Sep
10
2014

Canada’s Rallying Cry – GO ABROAD! – by Melissa Nisbett, CBIE

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Jenny Perla Leon had the experience of a lifetime this summer. She travelled to Ghana as a Centennial College student, part of a group of six Nursing and eight Early Childhood Education students during a Global Citizenship and Equity Learning Experience (GCELE), working on community development initiatives in education and health. Her visit occurred during the height of World Cup fever and she witnessed the feeling of unity that takes place during “the beautiful game.” “Our group […]

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