“safe” is life overseas for single women or families?
the specific country, life overseas is often much safer
than back in your home country. But this is not
crime, in the countries where the author has lived,
seems to be much less of a problem than "back home". Be
careful until you know for sure, but a good starter rule
is, "If you wouldn't do it back home, don't do it in
your new country."
Part of the
safety issue is that foreigners often don't know the
signals of a bad neighborhood in the new country. The
author has lived in neighborhoods in which, "back home",
he would have been afraid to go outside after dark, but
in the country where he was living - no problems at
all. Very safe.
BUT, I have
to qualify that most of my experience as been in Asia.
South and Central America - and Africa - are different.
Europe - I don't know about. Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and
Thailand - seem to me to be much safer than my
experience back in the States.
accidents, and the lack of First Aid skills by local
populations, probably present a greater threat to your
physical well-being than crime.
When I lived
in Africa, it was clear to me that crime against people
and property was a much greater threat than back home.
Investigate carefully when considering a job there. I
know that is a gross generalization and there are 50
some countries in Africa - but still, I want to say, "Be
careful as you would back home - at least until you know
the areas where you live and work. But, again, my
opinion would be that in most parts of Asia - you are
safer here than at home.
Much of the
violent crime that does exist in Asia often seems to be
business and/or gang-related. As long as you stay out
of those circles you will probably be just fine.