What in the World?

Those of you who know our products or read our newsletters regularly are used to us talking about country-specific information. After all, living and doing business abroad requires local knowledge.

But traveling or moving away from your home country brings up some common questions, no matter where you’re going. And some people are on the road – or in the air – so much that they need information pertaining to more than one location.

Our Best of the Web section serves those scenarios. Hundreds of websites, carefully vetted and compiled by topic, deliver links dealing with useful organizations, computer carnets, absentee voter assistance, education, tax, language, spousal employment, taxi prices, and more.

Also note that some global organizations are the authorities in their fields, while extending their expertise worldwide; this is another type of source we include in Best of the Web. Users get the best information on the topic, in general and across a variety of countries.

Here are some highlights:

AIIC (International Association of Conference Interpreters)
Geneva-based organization founded in 1953, currently organizing over 3000 professional interpreters in hundreds of locations. Databases by region, country, language available.
URL: http://www.aiic.net/
Website in English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Special help: How to plan a multilingual event

International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
Founded in 1968, this non-profit foundation offers programs of international education that develop the skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. It grew out of efforts to establish a common curriculum and university entry credential for geographically mobile students.
URL: http://www.ibo.org/en/
Website in English, French, Spanish

Special helps: Find a school  and DP online

International Chamber of Commerce : ATA Carnet
The carnet, a passport for merchandise, is an international customs document used for temporary import of merchandise into a foreign country. Some countries require an ATA Carnet when electrical equipment and computers are brought into the country.
URL: http://www.iccwbo.org/chamber-services/trade-facilitation/ata-carnets/

Special help: How to get it in your country

Permits Foundation: Spousal Employment Worldwide
This is an independent, not-for-profit organization campaigning globally to improve work permit regulations to make it easier for partners of expatriate staff to gain employment during an international assignment.
URL:  http://www.permitsfoundation.com/

Special help Country summaries of visa and work permit issues

Q++ Studio: Holidays Worldwide
Country-by-country listings of bank holidays, public holidays, and national holidays for 195 countries and additional autonomous territories. Holidays may also be viewed by region.
URL:  http://www.qppstudio.net/publicholidays.htm

Special help: Scroll to the bottom to see what holidays are observed today around the world.

Non-profit community dedicated to connecting third-culture youth and adults.
URL: http://www.tckidnow.com/

Special help: What is a Third Culture Kid? Video:http://www.tckidnow.com/whats-a-tckid/ 

U.S.Citizens’ Federal Voting Assistance 
Voting help for uniformed service members, their families, and citizens living outside the U.S.
URL:  http://www.fvap.gov/

Special help: Select your home state for election deadlines. See Connecticut example.

VAT Live: International VAT and GST rates 2016
This site provides tax information by country, and includes news, insight, and rate changes, assisting businesses with compliance.
URL:  http://www.vatlive.com/vat-rates/international-vat-and-gst-rates/