Moving Internationally? Get Comfortable in Your New Home and Country

Whether this is your first or one of many international moves, count on Cartwright International for all the information and resources you’ll ever need for a smooth move. A hassle-free move can set the stage for a wonderful overseas living experience, and preparing yourself for everything that comes after like the weather, school systems, making home improvements, the language, currency and keeping in good health is just icing on the cake.

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Resource Links

Below are helpful, informative links to help you prepare and get off on the right foot.

Currency
Trade, find exchange rates, and learn everything you need to know about using money in a foreign country.

  • XE
    XE™ is the world’s favorite provider of online Internet foreign exchange tools and services. Independent rankings consistently confirm that more people – and websites – use our wide variety of currency tools than any others. We are committed to continuing our role as leaders and innovators in the foreign exchange industry and are always working to add new services that benefit you.
  • Oanda
    OANDA uses innovative computer and financial technology to provide Internet-based forex trading and currency information services to everyone, from individuals to large corporations, from portfolio managers to financial institutions.
  • Go Currency
    The GoCurrency currency converter has been the trusted exchange rate provider of choice for 100’s of websites for nearly 10 years. Not only does GoCurrency provide up to the minute exchange rates, we also provide you with the currency trading tools to make you a better forex trader and to make sure you get the best money exchange deal when traveling internationally. If it has to do with currency, we have you covered!
Eco-Friendly
Sites that help you make more environmentally conscious decisions in all aspects of life.

  • Shop Energy Saving Products
    Learn how to question green advertising claims, shop for products that use less energy, and save gas without wasting your money
  • DMA
    Green tips and facts, webinars and education, and more
  • Green Biz
    Provides clear, concise, accurate, and balanced information, resources, and learning opportunities to help companies of all sizes and sectors integrate environmental responsibility into their operations in a manner that supports profitable business practices
  • Global Warming Education Network
    Global Warming Education Network is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading awareness and encouraging action relating to global warming and its adverse impacts
  • International Forum on Globalization
    The International Forum on Globalization (IFG) is a North-South research and educational institution composed of leading activists, economists, scholars, and researchers providing analysis and critiques on the cultural, social, political, and environmental impacts of economic globalization
  • EPA
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency works to protect human health and the environment. Learn more about environmental issues, living a cleaner lifestyle, and the science and technology behind the EPA’s mission to make the world a cleaner place.
Education
  • World Education Services
    World Education Services, your portal to trusted, accurate research and intelligence about foreign academic credentials, institutions and trends. Whether your interest is for academic or professional purposes, we’ve got the tools and information to help.
  • U.S. Department of State
    ASSISTED SCHOOLS
    The U.S. Department of State provides assistance to 195 overseas schools through direct and indirect support programs designed to promote an American-style program.  Below are links to detailed information on assisted schools in each region.
    Africa

    East Asia and Pacific

    Europe

    Near East and South Asia

    Western Hemisphere

    SCHOOLS AT POST
    The links below contain regional lists of schools at posts, both assisted and non-assisted.  Schools assisted by the U.S. Department of State will be highlighted in red.  All other schools are neither assisted by nor have official endorsement from the U.S. Department of State but may be an option for families. This list includes U.S. and non-U.S. curriculum, religious, proprietary and local public schools.
    Africa

    East Asia and Pacific

    Europe

    Near East and South Asia

    Western Hemisphere
  • Great Schools
    Looking for schools in your community? You’ve come to the right place. Explore top-rated schools, find local information, talk “school” with local parents, and much more.
Embassies and Consulates
  • U.S. Embassies
    Websites of U.S. embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions
  • Embassy World
    Online directory of every nation’s embassies and consulates worldwide.
Expatriate General Resources
  • Expat Exchange
    If you’re moving overseas, settling in abroad, an expert on international living, a repatriate, or just considering an expatriate adventure, Expat Exchange can help!
  • Expatica
    Expatica provides daily news, features and practical information on living abroad in English for the international communities in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the UK.
  • ExpatWomen.com
    ExpatWomen.com is the largest global website helping women living overseas.
  • ShanghaiExpat
    ShanghaiExpat is where people look first for information about moving to and living in Shanghai.
  • Allo’ Expat
    Allo’ Expat is a one stop information and service center for expatriates living in or moving to Malaysia, Asia Pacific or even Worldwide.
  • Thai Visa
    News, weather, classifieds, online dating, and information about visa programs in Thailand. 
  • Geo Expat
    Information for expatriates traveling to or living in Hong Kong. Find everything from online shopping, housing, jobs, events, and live forums here.
  • Dubai Forums
    Dubai Forums is the message board for the Dubai English speaking community. Participate in forums on a wide range of topics specific to living in Dubai.
  • Expat Advisory Services
    Expat Advisory Services is an interactive site and advisory service showcasing life in South East Asia. Our goal is to be a one stop information guide for expats, outlining the comings and goings in these cities, and what general services are available.
  • Moscow Expat Site
    Welcome to The Moscow Expat Site. The Expat Site is a virtual community for exchanging information and interacting with English speaking expats and Russians.
Health
Everything you need to know about international health concerns and finding healthcare abroad.

  • WHO
    WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
  • Medeguide
    Search thousands of top doctors all over the world on Medeguide.
  • Travmed.com
    Travmed.com has become a leading provider of information and products dedicated to the health and safety of the traveler. Our goal is to offer the products and services you need for safe travel, both at home and abroad, while providing the most comprehensive travel medicine information you will find online.
Home Improvements

Information about saving energy in your home, gas prices and recycling

  • ENERGY STAR
    ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices for home and business.
  • Gas Buddy
    Compare gas prices and calculate trip costs across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Craigslist
    Online classifieds and forums, Craigslist has over 700 local sites in 70 countries worldwide.
  • Earth911
    The Earth911 Recycling Directory is the most accurate and comprehensive directory of its kind and contains recycling information for over 300 materials. Over 1 million ways to recycle that people can search for to find their nearest recycling options and resources.
Housing

Below are links to sites that will assist with mortgage calculation, real estate, finding appraisers, and more.

  • Real Estate Journal
    The Wall Street Journal’s U.S. and International real estate resource.
  • Dinkytown
    Financial calculators for everything from mortgages to retirement, available in English, Spanish and French.
  • Bankrate
    Bankrate, Inc. is the Web’s leading aggregator of financial rate information, offering an unparalleled depth and breadth of rate data and financial content.
  • Zillow
    Zillow is a home and real estate marketplace dedicated to helping homeowners, home buyers, sellers, renters, real estate agents, mortgage professionals, landlords and property managers find and share vital information about homes, real estate and mortgages.
  • Appraisal Institute
    The Appraisal Institute is a global association of real estate appraisers, with nearly 23,000 valuation professionals in almost 60 countries throughout the world.
Language

The sites below offer free translation services to help you communicate in your new hometown

  • Dictionary.com
    Word for word translation to and from many different languages or translate popular commonly used phrases to or from English.
  • Freetranslation.com
    Free word for word translation; audio and professional translation available with upgrade.
  • Grassroots.org
    Our language translation tool provides nonprofits with free access to an instant website translation service, powered by World Lingo. With this service installed, one simple click allows a visitor to view a site in fifteen of the world’s most popular languages. Language translation is currently available in 31 major foreign languages.
  • Translate.google.com
    Free word for word translation with audio, context examples and suggestions for similar words.
Pet Relocation

Bring your best friend with you, wherever you move!

  • WHO
    WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
  • Medeguide
    Search thousands of top doctors all over the world on Medeguide.
  • Travmed.com
    Travmed.com has become a leading provider of information and products dedicated to the health and safety of the traveler. Our goal is to offer the products and services you need for safe travel, both at home and abroad, while providing the most comprehensive travel medicine information you will find online.
Relocation and Human Resources
  • Worldwide ERC
    Worldwide ERC® is the workforce mobility association for professionals who oversee, manage, or support U.S. domestic and international employee transfer. The organization was founded in 1964 to help members overcome the challenges of workforce mobility.
  • International Association of Movers
    Welcome to the online communications hub for IAM, the International Association of Movers. Whether you are about to move, are thinking about becoming a forwarder or mover, or if you’re simply looking for some reliable resources and information, you’ve found the premier industry source.
  • Canadian Employee Relocation Council
    The Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) is a membership organization whose goal is to provide leadership, services and assistance to members enabling them to effectively serve relocated families by addressing issues that impact workforce mobility both domestically and internationally.
  • Society for Human Resource Management
    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.
Taxes/Financial
World Time
  • WORLDTIME
    WORLDTIME® is a service featuring an interactive world atlas and information on local time as well as sunrise and sunset times in several hundred cities worldwide.
  • World Clock
    Find current time for cities around the world.
  • World Time
    Current times around the world with time zone converter and customizable personal profile.
  • World Time Zones
    Time zone maps with breakdown by continent.
World Weather

Below are links to various weather websites that can provide up-to-date weather conditions for anywhere in the world.

  • The Weather Channel
    Local and international weather brought to you by The Weather Channel
  • NOAA
    National weather service from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Weather Underground
    Weather Underground features blogs from members and weather experts
  • Weather.org
    Worldwide weather with weather cams, conversion charts and weather history

Know Your Moving Rights

Information about your moving rights and responsibilities