How to Work in Someone Else's Country

How to Work in Someone Else's Country

By (author) Ruth D. Stark , Foreword by Bill Bicknell


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Working abroad offers adventure, friendship with people of other cultures, intimate familiarity with exciting places, and opportunities to make real differences in communities. It also presents countless challenges, ranging from packing and staying safe and healthy to balancing project objectives with on-the-ground realities, working with local officials, and forging respectful and productive relationships. These challenges and many more are tackled in How to Work in Someone Else's Country. Drawing on thirty years of experience as an international consultant in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific, Ruth Stark provides guidance for anybody preparing to work in a foreign country. This easy-to-read guide is enlivened by real-life examples drawn from the author's journals and stories shared by colleagues. Slim enough to fit in a carry-on, this book is sure to come in handy wherever your work takes you. Ruth Stark is an international public health professional who currently serves as the senior technical advisor for Catholic Relief Services in South Africa.

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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • 27 Oct 2011
  • University of Washington Press
  • Washington
  • English
  • 0295991364
  • 9780295991368
  • 616,250

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Ruth Stark is an international health professional who currently serves as a senior technical advisor in South Africa. She has worked with the World Health Organization, international relief and development NGOs, and national government agencies and institutions, and has taught and published widely on basic health services delivery in resource-limited settings.

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"Stark, currently a senior technical advisor in South Africa, has worked with the World Health Organization, several nongovernmental organizations, and national government institutions. Her experience gives weight to her introductory comments: the book's purpose "is to give you practical tips on how to be effective when you work in a resource-limited country, on how to avoid the common blunders that can cause grief all around." Stark's advice covers everything from clarified job descriptions, gift giving, press gatherings, and relationships to dress codes. She argues that the major stumbling blocks for international consultants are ignorance about the host country and arrogance about their own expertise, and Stark cautions heavily against both." Janet Ross, Library Journal "The world is shrinking, with Americans travelling, studying, and working abroad in increasing numbers. How to Work in Someone Else's Country will become a staple resource for people who want practical advice rooted in real experience." Ann Downer, director of international training and education, Center on HIV, University of Washington "Expat executives face many challenges - but none more important than building a good relationship with the local staff, says Ruth Stark" -, March 26th 2012

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