Promoting a healthy lifestyle abroad.

By Lindsay Mullen |   May 18, 2016 2:28:23 PM

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always so easy (even for us Mangos). Occasionally, there’s a slice of French galette des rois (king’s cake) that looks too good to avoid or a threatening storm cloud that makes forgoing the usual workout all the more appealing.

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The shopper's guide to global mobility: what foreign items won't make it through US customs.

By Lindsay Mullen |   May 11, 2016 1:15:28 PM

Purchasing souvenirs abroad is one of the most exciting parts about first moving to a new country. Unfortunately, many items that seem innocent at the time of purchase - come on, everyone loves Hungarian szablas (swords) - simply won’t make it through United States customs. Here are a few tips, tricks and helpful hints for that foreign shopaholic who just can’t say no to a good souvenir abroad.

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Vacation policies abroad: what your assignee needs to know before they take a summer vacation.

By Lindsay Mullen |   May 4, 2016 10:30:42 AM

Similar to your assignee’s favorite brunch order at their local restaurant, vacationing abroad is best served sunny-side up. And regardless of how the weather is behaving in your neck of the woods (we’re still bundled up here in Michigan!), the summer sun is fast-approaching.

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How to establish an assignee return network.

By Lindsay Mullen |   Apr 27, 2016 11:01:31 AM

It’s a universal truth that home is where the heart is. But for assignees abroad, knowing exactly where their hearts really lie can be a tad confusing upon returning from an assignment, especially for those who worked abroad for extended periods of time.

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Helping Your Assignee Find a Speaking Partner

By Lindsay Mullen |   Apr 20, 2016 11:50:39 AM

Be it sauerkraut and Würst, spaghetti and polpette, or chocolate and crêpes, the best things in life come in pairs—and language partnerships are no exception. If your assignee isn’t yet comfortable speaking the language of their future assignment location, finding a speaking partner in a spouse, coworker or friend prior to reassignment can be one of the best (and fun!) ways to adapt to a new culture before ever getting off the plane. Here are three situations where your assignee can practice their new language before packing up their suitcases and saying that final adieu to the United States.

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Foreign Words Without Literal English Translations: How to Use Them (and Where They Might Come Up in the Workplace)

By Lindsay Mullen |   Apr 13, 2016 12:23:28 PM

Learning the basics of a new language is a challenge all assignees must master at some point during their assignment. However, no matter how much we love languages in all shapes and sizes, there are some foreign words that can trip up even the most apt language learner.

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Managing Food Restrictions Abroad

By Lindsay Mullen |   Apr 6, 2016 10:11:20 AM

Food allergies and restrictions have been the bane of every traveler’s existence since the beginning of time. While easily navigated stateside, food restrictions can often be an unwelcomed nuisance that can foil even the most carefully laid food excursions abroad—if your assignees are unprepared.

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Why Mango's Methodology is Best for Assignees

By Lindsay Mullen |   Mar 30, 2016 12:59:56 PM

Deciding on a language learning solution for your assignees can be overwhelming. While some may prefer the subtle background noises of their favorite telenovela or the beautiful melody of their PSY 강남스타일 (Gangnam Style) alarm clock to learn a foreign language, these outlets may not be the quickest learning tools for an extended stay abroad.

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Three Ways Employees Can Prepare for Relocation

By Lindsay Mullen |   Mar 23, 2016 2:40:26 PM

Relocating to a new country can be overwhelming for assignees. While they are likely eager to start living in a new place, the transition can often feel rushed--even if they have plenty of notice prior to departure.

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The History of St. Patrick's Day

By Lindsay Mullen |   Mar 16, 2016 10:31:00 AM

St. Patrick’s Day: a time of celebration, Irish flags and the one day your assignee Sherry is forced to wear something that’s clearly not her color. For Americans, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday as familiar as any—but it’s one with a strong history and cultural background that goes way beyond wearing green. For assignees in Ireland looking to impress their new Irish friends (or for those simply looking to learn to true meaning of St. Patrick’s Day!), here’s the real story of St. Patrick’s Day and the man behind the legend.

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