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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Are you linked in?

Trying to find employment or professional contacts in your new country? Get Linkedin! It's a free website that lets you create a profile and link up with professional aquaintances, as well as make new contacts. Your profile on this site reads similarly to your resume, so it’s the perfect site if you are trying to locate a job or new opportunities.

Expatriate Sébastien Deschamps has created a group on Linkedin just for expats called The Professional Expat Network for employees and job seekers alike. Deschamps explains, “The network is a supportive group to share expat-related experiences and give exposure to international careers and career opportunities. Come and join us!” This group is open to job seekers, expat service professionals, associations, relocation service providers and more, and currently has over 6,000 members. You can join the group here.

In our next issue of GlobalInsight, we take a look at social networking websites, and how they can make it easier for you to transition to a new country, keep in touch with old friends, and more. Watch for GlobalInsight in your email in early December. If you would like to sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter, please click here.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Video: Clements Staff Volunteers


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Clements in the News: The Global Stability Industry

Clements International was mentioned today in and article written by David Isenberg for the Middle East Times. The article discusses the diversity of companies and organizations that offer support within the private military contracting industry.

We offer a wide range of insurance policies to support and protect the investments of organizations involved in peace-keeping operations around the world, including Defense Base Act or DBA Insurance.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

To Serve Man: Clements Staff Volunteers


Today about 40 members of Clements International’s staff volunteered to prepare and serve meals to the homeless at a Washington D.C. based non-profit called S.O.M.E., (So Others Might Eat.) In just a matter of hours the volunteers served 500 meals.

Click here to view photos

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A rough day at sea... good thing you bought insurance!

Transit coverage is one of the most important types of insurance to have if you are moving since most damages happen while your stuff is in transit.

Clements International's transit coverage is automatically included if you opt for Plan 1 when purchasing your personal property coverage. Our personal property plans cover everything that could happen during transit including breaking, denting, marring... and if the ship your stuff is traveling on is hijacked by pirates...

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Street Smarts Equal Safety: How to Not Be a Target for Kidnappers

The boogie man. Monsters under the bed. Things that go bump in the night. When you were young, there were plenty of things to fear. But you also knew a nightlight, a quick check under the bed, and some reassuring words from your parents were the right precautions to take to make sure you got a safe, uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Now that you have made it to adulthood, you know that those monsters under the bed were only a figment of your creative imagination, and there are far more realistic scenarios to fear, such as the obstacles you will face when living abroad. While the boogie man may not be real, there are plenty of other potential bad guys you may come across in your travels, who can not only ruin your day, but also empty your bank account.

In many parts of the world, expatriates are attractive targets to kidnappers. It is often difficult for expatriates and travelers to blend in with the locals, and any sign that a person is a foreigner or from a first-world country, increases their exposure. Kidnapping usually serves the purpose of yielding a monetary gain or wide media exposure. Criminals often target high profile organizations, first-world professionals and their families, since they believe they will be able to obtain a higher ransom. Other kidnappers are not requesting a ransom, but instead seek to draw media attention to their particular religious or political belief through a high profile kidnapping.

Events can occur anywhere, but there are many “hotspots” where it is important to remain vigilant while traveling. While Mexico continues to top the list, other Latin American countries such as Haiti, Venezuela and Brazil have also seen increases. India has also experienced a significant rise in kidnapping events and is the most recent country to be added to the hotspot list. Kevin Henry, Assistant Vice President of AIG WorldSource Crisis Management, says the Indian government has reported at least 700 kidnap for ransom gangs are active in India. “Currently, most victims in India are Indian businesspeople and children,” he notes, “but there is a concern over the growing threat to expatriates and temporary travelers.”

This is an excerpt from our summer edition of GlobalInsight. Read the rest of the article and tips on how to prevent a kidnapping here.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Become a fan of Clements on Facebook

On the Facebook page you'll find blog updates, images, video and more

To become a fan is easy: Login to your Facebook account, then search for “Clements International”

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

U.S. Honors Servicemen and Women

November 11 is significant day in U.S. history. Today marks the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the war ended when Germany signed the armistice treaty.

A few years later, the U.S. began recognizing November 11 as Armistice Day, a federal holiday which was later renamed Veterans Day by President Eisenhower. Each year, veterans and their families gather at memorial sites to leave mementos and honor the nearly 25 million living U.S military veterans who have served overseas since the beginning of World War I, as well as remember those who gave their lives.

Voice of America recently interviewed Frank Buckles, who is believed to be the last living World War I veteran in the U.S.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Is it cool to be an American abroad?

Following Tuesday's election of Barrack Obama as the president elect, reaction from around the world is hitting the media. A recent article on AOL news presents two interesting poll questions...

Do you think Barack Obama's election as president somehow makes America cool?

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Do you care what other countries think of the United States?

As of this posting the majority of people participating in the poll feel that Obama's election makes America cool and definitively care what other countries think of the U.S.

For the full article and poll results, visit AOL News.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

WebAward for clements.com



We are proud to announce that clements.com has been presented an Insurance Standard of Excellence Award by the Web Marketing Association.

Over the past year we have concentrated on designing the site and improving usability for our clients. Over the next year we plan to continue to build content for the expatriate community and streamline information about our products and services.

Let us know what you think and help us continue to develop our site by sending us feedback.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Country Celebrates...The World Joins In

As news spread that the U.S selected Barack Obama as it's next President, the world celebrated. Go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ to see how this historical race was received around the world, brought to you by the Huffington Post.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Big Decision Day

I couldn’t sleep last night. The day we’ve all been waiting for since two years ago when candidates began declaring their intent to run for the U.S. Presidency is finally here. So at 6:15 this morning, I put on a warm coat and mittens, and walked to my polling station, where a line had already formed for the 7:00 opening. There was a palpable feeling of excitment. No matter who is elected, history will be made today.

Now, as we wait in anticipation for tonight’s results, I can’t help but wonder what effect our overseas voters will have on the election. Last spring, Clements International sponsored Overseas Americans Week, where representatives from several expatriate organizations visited Capitol Hill to voice their concerns on the voting process, and the steps that should be implemented to keep from disenfranchising Americans living abroad.

What did you think of the absentee voting process this year? Did you find it easy or difficult? Share your experiences in our comments.

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