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Question Topic: It is said that there are major differences in working and living in a foreign country. Choose a country different from your own. Compare and contrast what it would be like to live and work in this country to that of your own country. Use specific examples and provide evidence from appropiate references to explain your answer. Question Type: Compare and Contrast

Introduction: Working and living in home country and in a foreign country have many differences. As a result, people need to adapt while they are living abroad. In addition, settling a new work place has its own challenges. Without knowing those differences, it may be difficult to some people to adapt to all new conditions. Thus, this essay will discuss about some major differences that can be found in living and working in Indonesia and Canada.

Topic Sentence: Managing money well is an important key for living in Indonesia and Canada. Supporting sentences:
1) Foreigners can’t purchase freehold land (a land in which the ownership is pass onto generations as an inheritance) in Indonesia, while in Canada, foreigners are offered to buy its residents to live in. * Original text: “Real estate in Indonesia is a little tricky. Foreigners can not outright purchase freehold land in Indonesia; however they can enter into a lease to purchase a home, condo or property. There are plenty of apartments, homes and villas for sale throughout Indonesia and for the most part prices are extremely reasonable.” (http://www.expatintelligence.com/expat-indonesia.shtml)

* Original text: “Canada has traditionally offered its residents some of the cheapest housing in the developed world. In recent times, house prices in a number of cities have risen sharply and can no longer be considered cheap.” (http://www.livingin-canada.com/living-in-canada.html)

2) Cost of living, both in Indonesia and Canada are low, but Indonesia has a much lower cost of living than Canada. * Original text: “The cost of living in Jakarta in Indonesia is high compared to other places. The overall cost of living is determined using the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across 13 Basket Groups. Jakarta in Indonesia is currently ranked 198 overall out of 950 places (rank 1 is most expensive: rank 950 is least expensive).” (http://www.xpatulator.com/cost-of-living-review/Indonesia-Jakarta_97.cfm)

* Original text:“Compared with many other western countries, although not the USA: 1. Food is cheaper in Canada.
2. Dining out and most forms of recreation are cheaper in Canada. 3. Petrol / Gasoline and cars are cheaper in Canada.
4. Power is cheaper, but you use more power to heat your house in a typical Canadian winter. 5. Car insurance is very expensive in Canada.
Mercer carried out an extensive cost of living survey for overseas workers in 2008.

The survey revealed that Toronto has the highest cost of living in Canada, followed by Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Ottawa.

The survey found that Canadian cities have lower living costs than many other locations in the developed world.

More detailed figures from the survey showed that
1. The cost of living in Toronto is 30 percent lower than in London, UK. 2. The cost of living in Vancouver is 12 percent lower than in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 3. The cost of living in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, is 5 percent lower than in Glasgow, UK. The survey is shown below. Look out for the Canadian cities. Their cost of living is relatively low so you will need to scroll to find them – Toronto is in 54th place. (http://www.livingin-canada.com/cost-of-living-in-canada.html)

3) Insurance cover might be needed as people are living in Indonesia and Canada. * Original text: “Moving companies will quote the insurance cost as a percentage of your goods’ value. As each shipment’s value differs, you will need to complete a valued insurance inventory representing replacement cost at destination. You will normally be supplied with a proposal form breaking down items to be insured into various categories. Usually this is done room by room with separate sections for such items as electrical components, clothing, china and glassware. The completed insurance form should be provided to the moving company before packing, to ensure that you are properly covered. Insurance cover extends to loss or damage in transit. Also find out whether the insurance includes cover against mold and mildew, pairs and sets coverage and mechanical or electrical breakdown. Some companies will charge additional fees for these special covers. You should also check to see whether there is a deductible/excess applicable to any claim.” (http://livinginindonesia.info/item/moving-house)

* Original text: “When it comes to your list of interesting subjects, insurance probably ranks right up there with “101 creative uses for polyester.” But the truth is, we all rely on insurance–just as we do polyester!–throughout our lives. Whether you’ve just passed your driver’s test, moved into your own apartment, left home to attend college, bought a house, started a family, launched your own business from home, or made plans to travel outside Canada, you need insurance. Insurance protects you and your family, as well as your home and belongings. Without insurance, the economy would practically come to a standstill, because starting and operating any kind of business would be too risky–one fire and your livelihood would go up in smoke. In fact, you couldn’t even drive a car, because a serious accident would wipe out all your savings. Nor could you borrow money to buy a house, as no lending institution would allow you to mortgage a property that wasn’t insured.” (http://www.insurance-canada.ca/consinfogeneral/when.php)

Topic sentence: People need to adapt to some cultural differences that happen either in Indonesia or Canada. Supporting sentences:
1) Each country has a lot of foods, because in every province in the country, the foods are different.

Topic Sentence: There are some things need to be noticed before taking a job in both countries. Supporting sentences:
1) As a matter of fact, Indonesia has a lower unemployment rate than Canada. * Original text: “The unemployment rate in Indonesia was last reported at 6.56 percent in August of 2011. From 2004 until 2010, Indonesia’s Unemployment Rate averaged 9.30 percent reaching an historical high of 11.24 percent in October of 2005 and a record low of 7.41 percent in February of 2010.” (http://www.tradingeconomics.com/indonesia/unemployment-rate) * Original text: “The unemployment rate in Canada was last reported at 7.6 percent in January of 2012. From 1976 until 2010, Canada’s Unemployment Rate averaged 8.53 percent reaching an historical high of 13.10 percent in December of 1982 and a record low of 5.90 percent in September of 2007.”


2) There are skills needed before taking a job in both countries – what makes it different is that Indonesian companies search more for a non-academic skills, while Canadian companies search more for people with academic skills. * Original text: “Working in Indonesia, for an Indonesian owned company or organisation, and with people with an Indonesian background requires language and cultural awareness skills. Also, you might require skills and knowledge about how Indonesian businesses operate.”

(http://www.myfuture.edu.au/The%20Facts/Skills/Climb%20onto%20the%20wave,-d-,%20Working%20with%20Asia/Countries%20currently%20highlighted%20in%20myfuture/Indonesia/Skills%20to%20work.aspx) * Original text: “Literacy and Essential Skills:

1. are needed for work, learning and life;
2. are the foundation for learning all other skills;
3. help people evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change. Through extensive research, the Government of Canada, along with other national and international agencies, has identified and validated key

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