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Our site was founded upon the belief that "Expats are their own greatest resource." Our community of expats has grown from thousands to hundreds of thousands. It is the expats themselves who are to thank for our successful growth. We are grateful for each expat who reaches out to help another expat or someone preparing to make the move. Whether you recommend a local school, offer advice about apartment hunting or support someone facing culture shock, we sincerely thank you for your efforts.

Betsy Burlingame

Betsy's Full Bio

Ms. Burlingame launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU's Gallatin School where she combined studies at Tisch's Interactive Telecommunications Program and Stern Business School. After graduating in 1998, she secured angel funding for Expat Exchange.

Burlingame and Wood have spent the last 20+ years growing the service into the market leader in online support for international transferees and expatriates.

Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Ms. Burlingame has offered insight into issues related to moving and living abroad for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Kiplinger, AARP and other publications.

Joshua Wood

Joshua's Full Bio

Mr. Wood joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). While working for NBC, he researched opportunities for MSNBC to expand its cable audience via the Internet, provided assessments of network and program performance and tracked major news events.

Joshua first worked on the Internet in 1997 for StorageTek's Customer Resource Center, an online community that provides clients with support. His previous positions provided him with experience in public relations, advertising and creative services. In addition to Expat Exchange, Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist at the Cambridge Professional Center in Morristown, NJ.

Joshua received his Master's Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BA from Syracuse.

Mr. Wood has provided insight into expatriate issues for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Business Times and other publications.

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People all over the world dream of being an expat. Living in another country is an experience unlike any other, and now is definitely the time to explore what it would mean to take the plunge.

People all over the world dream of being an expat. Living in another country is an experience unlike any other, and now is definitely the time to explore what it would mean to take the plunge....

Latin-AmericaExpats Talk About The Biggest Challenges They Face Living in Latin America

Expats talk about some of the biggest challenges they've faced living in Latin America. Whether you're moving to Panama City or Punta del Este, this article is a must read to help you prepare (hint: you'll be much happier if you learn the language) and adjust your expectations (realities: the roads are rough, the pace of life is slower and bureaucracy is unavoidable). Despite all of the challenges, the list of what expats like about life in Latin America far exceeds the challenges.

Expats talk about some of the biggest challenges they've faced living in Latin America. Whether you're moving to Panama City or Punta del Este, this article is a must read to help you prepare (hint:...

Cost-of-LivingCost of Living: Costa Rica vs. Panama

People considering a move to Central America often narrow down their list to Panama and Costa Rica. Expats talk about the cost of living in Panama and Costa Rica - housing costs, gas, car, electric, internet, groceries, budgets for various lifestyles and more.

People considering a move to Central America often narrow down their list to Panama and Costa Rica. Expats talk about the cost of living in Panama and Costa Rica - housing costs, gas, car, electric, ...

Retirement-In-TobercurryAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Tobercurry, Ireland

A expat in Tobercurry talks about how she and her husband chose to retire in Ireland - the more affordable lifestyle (living on less than $2,000 a month), Ireland's public healthcare system, finding a home through an Estate Agent, enjoying walking everywhere and not needing a car, the sense of safety and more. She cannot stress enough that anyone thinking about retiring in Ireland research diligently and seek the advice of other expats.

A expat in Tobercurry talks about how she and her husband chose to retire in Ireland - the more affordable lifestyle (living on less than $2,000 a month), Ireland's public healthcare system, finding a...

Moving-To-SalinasAn Expat Talks about Moving to Salinas, Ecuador

An expat talks about moving to Salinas, Ecuador - the lower cost of living, beach life and what to bring to make it feel like home.

An expat talks about moving to Salinas, Ecuador - the lower cost of living, beach life and what to bring to make it feel like home....

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