I wanted to ask a question about working abroad....seems like a group of questions could spring up in a room like this.
Also.....Central and South America are vastly different....though that board doesn't seem to suffer for it.
Thanks for listening.
Yeah, that could be a topic justifying a forum of its own. Certainly a big enough group of people interested. The tricky part always arises when a question is about "working abroad in Australia". Where to post? Australia or Working Abroad? Both would be relevant, but posting in both would be duplicate and cause problems of its own. This is one of the main reasons for resisting new forums.
I'll let others have their say and see if there is enough interest.
I have been thinking this over for a few days, and have come down on the side of not having a separate forum. I think that the individual region forums are better to serve the need. After all, the details on getting a visa, insurance, paying taxes, etc., etc. will be different for every country.
Of course it will be different for every country. So there will be different topics and different questions. They would all cover the same general query, however. ¨"How do I go about working, THERE...or THERE" And all of it could be in one specific room, so a person looking for this info, or having info to impart, wouldn´t have to sift through the other topics to find what they were after.
It was just a suggestion, and one that I made only because I was looking for something and had to dig, so I don´t feel any special need to have the room...But to your main argument point :" It would be hard to narrow down because there are so many different countries...." You currently have a room that is dedicated to 23 different countries and all they offer. Many different countries doesn´t seem to slow that board down (The SA, CA, Caribe Board) You have another that deals with, at a quick count, 36 separate and VERY different countries...(The Europe Board) So, purely from a Devil´s Advocate POV, it seems like that specific concern is somewhat unwarranted.
But, okay. Thanks. I can see that there are not enough people, perhaps, interested in working and living abroad. This is, after all, a backpacker site, not an ex-pat site.
Your main argument point :" It would be hard to narrow down because there are so many different countries...." You currently have a room that is dedicated to 23 different countries and all they offer. Many different countries doesn´t seem to slow that board down (The SA, CA, Caribe Board) You have another that deals with, at a quick count, 36 separate and VERY different countries...(The Europe Board) So, purely from a Devil´s Advocate POV, it seems like that specific concern is somewhat unwarranted.
Actually, I was looking at it from the other point of view - as someone who is answering questions. I can answer questions on living and working abroad in the UK and USA, and to some extent Canada. Right now, I don't look at every forum, just the ones where I feel I have extensive knowledge to help answer - North America, Europe and occasionally Central and South America. Having a working abroad room would require me to look at another forum, which given the few times I look at Travel Gear, is probably not going to happen. Therefore, another forum to check means I am less likely to be able to help, as I won't see it.
Like Greg, I have been thinking about this since the posting of this thread. Initially, I thought it a good idea but then I had certain reservations about it... It's not really a matter of being a backpacker's site versus an ex-pat's site but more of an logistics issue in answering the questions that will arise. Knowing the types of questions that show about in my forums (GT, NA & CA/SA), most have to do with finding very short term (weeks, not months) work for an influx of travel cash. I'm sure Europe, OZ/NZ and possibly Asia see more people willing to stay put for longer periods because of the visas that are available. I tend to agree with Peter's assessment - in which forum does one post? Some will do so in the regional forum while others will discover the "Working Abroad" and post there. Members who can answer the questions will be having to cruise one more spot which will increase the number of times they give the same information. I think what will ultimately happen - those who know the answers will respond in one place and then proceed to place links in subsequent threads. Maybe they will answer... I'm just not sure the number of questions posed at this time warrant the creation of a new forum. Just my opinion.