"Its good to see the world as a non-tourist!"
How I did it: I started my adventures by applying for a Fulbright grant. I would like to think that even if I had not been accepted, I would have carried out this goal, albeit in a different way.
In Sept 2010, I moved to Morocco, with the help of the Fulbright Program and the Moroccan American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange. They provided assistance on securing my carte de sejour, which granted me legal resident status for my term of service.
At the end of my grant period, my husband, our two cats and I decided to move to Canada for a few months. We were only there for two months, so we did not need to bother with residency permits as we were on our initial 90 day tourist allowance.
After briefly returning to the US, we four moved to Poland, where we are now trying out life on the European continent.. and still working out all that legal residency stuff :)
Lessons & tips: Check visa and residency permit information well in advance of when you would need to apply!
Learn the language wherever you go!
Remember that the way of doing things in your host country may be different from the way you did things in your old country, and that its not necessarily a bad thing. Also remember that you are expected to play by their rules - I really struggled with this for my first six months or so in Morocco with regard to social norms and being harassed so much as a female.
Search for blogs written by expats and utilize them as the wonderful resources that they are!
Keep your own blog to document your experiences and share them with folks back home!
Resources: In preparation for moving to Morocco, I found reading the blogs, and later exchanging emails with the in-country Peace Corps Volunteers to be invaluable in helping me prepare for life there.
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