How to Work in Someone Else's Country

How to Work in Someone Else's Country

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • University of Washington Press
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 0295991364
  • 9780295991368
  • 819,949

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2012 ALA Annual Conference 'Best of the Best' University Press Books for Public and Secondary Schools Libraries * ALA * Her advice is well written, thoughtfully indexed, and expressed with the same careful consideration that has carried Emily Post's Etiquette through eighteen editions. . . . Stark highlights not just skills critical to people working overseas, but strengths all entrepreneurs must find within themselves to succeed. -- Joseph Thompson * ForeWord * Chock-full of tips leisure travelers can use . . . but most valuable are her years of experience building and observing cross-cultural relationships in all kinds of settings. -- Valerie Rains * Budget Travel * A quick, engaging read. Whether you are about to embark on your first volunteer stint abroad or are a seasoned aid worker with a couple decades in the field, open it up. -- Jennifer Lentfer * How-matters.org *show more

About Ruth D. Stark

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.show more

Table of contents

Foreword by Bill Bicknell, MD, MPHA Note to the ReaderAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Relationship is Everything . . . and Everyone is Related2. The First Step: Figuring Out What Your Job Is3. The Second Step: Figuring Out Whom You Are Working For4. Questions to Ask before You Start Packing5. A Few Travel Survival Tips6. Keeping Safe7. What to Do If You Get There and Nobody Wants You8. How to Make Them Glad That You Are There9. Living and Working in the Public Eye10. Working with Your Local Counterparts11. Meet the Press12. Dress Code for the International Professional13. Working with Governments14. Visiting the Field15. Presenting Your Message16. On Gift Giving17. A Few Notes on Culture18. Briefing and Debriefing19. Making a Difference20. Profile of the Effective International WorkerA Few Last Wordsshow more

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