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On a global scale, expats working full time spend an average of 44.3 hours a week at work: about three in five of them are satisfied with their work-life balance (60 per cent) as well as their working hours (61 per cent).

Interestingly, it seems like it is not only the number of hours spent at work that lead to a high satisfaction with work-life balance, as the latest Expat Insider survey reveals. Based on the insights of close to 13,000 expats from 188 countries and territories in the annual survey, InterNations, the world's largest network for people who live and work abroad, compiled a ranking of the destinations with the best work-life balance.

The ranking shows that those who are the most satisfied with their work-life balance do not necessarily work significantly fewer hours. But in most of the countries, they express above-average satisfaction with their life abroad in.

Bahrain came in second place, just behind Denmark, in the survey. Close to half the expats in Bahrain (46 per cent) cite work-related reasons for moving there, and it seems like it was a good choice. 'You can still find time to relax after a day of work', said an expat from the Philippines. Moreover, seven in 10 (70 per cent) say they make more money than they would in a similar job back home. Maybe that is why close to three-quarters (73 per cent) are generally satisfied with their job in Bahrain.

Vera Grossmann, media spokesperson, InterNations, Germany.

Charity work continues to play an important part of the British School of Bahrain (BSB) calendar, with pupils being involved in a huge amount of activities to raise money for the school's designated charities.

This year, we set a massive challenge to the children to raise BD12,000, a significant increase on last year's total.

At a recent assembly, we were able to reveal the grand total raised for the academic year 2017-2018 and were delighted to share that the pupils had smashed their target and raised a staggering total of BD13,388.940.

This money will be used to support a number of local charities, including the BSPCA, Think Pink Bahrain, Bahrain Down Syndrome Society and the Migrant Worker's Protection Society, as well as international charities such as United World Schools and the Chelsea Pensioners.

Everyone at the school is incredibly proud of the students' efforts this year to not only raise the money to support these charities, but also raise awareness of the hard work that these organisations do to support people less fortunate than ourselves.

Amal, Business Developoment, BSB.

With reference to your recent front page article headlined 'All change at BSB'.

I hope you can highlight the concerns of parents who, in my opinion, have no voice.

Why are they playing games with us? We pay a lot of money for our children's education. My son wanted to take the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) at the school and now we must look at other options.

We struggle every day and fight to get our children to the school. We deserve better.

Nabil - a very worried parent, by email.

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Date:Jun 7, 2018
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