RE: Histologists working in other countries. . .
Can't say anything about Germany or Spain, but I did work in Saudi Arabia for 5
years. What your co-worker told you about Saudi is a little far fetched (only a
little though!). Unless she was looking at someplace in a really remote area
where they are desparate for techs I doubt she would be offered so much money.
Even then it's more likely they would get a tech from a different country much
cheaper (in Saudi they have no qualms about paying techs from different
countries vastly different salaries). Usually you start at about what you make
here in the US, but they do not take out taxes (a US citizen can make up to
$70k/yr without tax liability), they do pay for housing and utilities and
they do pay for a plane ticket. Most also have a severance payment that is
accumulated as you work but is only paid when you leave for good (usually 2
weeks pay per year). They also normally have a re-signing bonus of one-months
pay that you get each time you re-contract (on a yearly basis). When you factor
all that in, then you actually do make a lot more money than in the States.
Consider that your taxes in the states decrease your takehome by about 30
percent. So going to Saudi is like getting a 30 percent raise. Factor in
the cost of housing and that's another 25 percent at least. So you could easily
double your take home pay, but not necessarily your gross
wearing a veil, the only places that I have heard of women having to wear a veil
at work is at some really remote hospitals that are in the really religious
fundalmentalist areas. Most western women would not go to those places (The
Saudis have a definition of a "westerner" for employment purposes - anyone from
North America, Europe, Australia or New Zealand). At the hospitals I worked in,
and had contact with, only some of the Saudi women (not all Saudi women) wore
veils. The hospitals are "western" in the sense that they follow a "western"
medical philosophy, have a large percentage of western staff and use
english as the official language of the hospital. These are all government
hospitals. Private hospitals can be far different. There is a real disconnect
between the hospital and life outiside the hospital. While you are in the
hospital you are working in an environment that is almost indistinguishable from
any hospital in the US. Then you go out on the town and enter a whole different
Personally, I enjoyed the time that I and my family (wife and
daughter) spent in Saudi. My wife and daughter enjoyed most of it too. The
living was very easy. You adapt to the culture and can enjoy a lot interesting
things. Travelling is the big pastime and you get about 6 weeks of paid vacation
every year. You can take it all at once, or spit it up. We traveled all of the
world during our time there. I would recommend looking into it if you are
serious about working overseas.
Does anyone know about working in countries
besides the UK? I'd be interested to hear what kinds of regulations
exists in various countries. I'd like to work in Germany one day, if it
is possible. . . or Spain or a latin american country to practice Spanish.
Anyone know anything?
One tech at my lab was telling me today
about a job offer she recieved for Saudi Arabia. She said that they
would pay her 50k a year tax-free, and that they'd place her in a condo with
two other women to live without any rent. Two trips a home a year were
included, as well. She ended up not taking the job after she found that she
would have to wear something over her head and entire body, all day long, and
do what she was told by any man(that is if a man spoke to her, as she would
not be allowed to speak to them). Sounds pretty crazy.
.... but if anyone knows anything about working in Germany, Spain, or
a latin american country please write about it!
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