The cost to businesses of ill-prepared employees moving overseas can be measured in the millions of dollars - lost man hours, wasted training and high overhead. For the expatriate-to-be, everything you need is here: advice and sound, practical knowledge on preparing, moving, getting settled in, and adjusting to the new culture. The authors' optimism and common sense come from their multiple international moves and more than 30 years experience living and working overseas. The authors provide essential tools to make each expatiate an expert at surviving in his or her new culture. This book is a must for anyone who is planning to live and work overseas - single, married, employee or spouse, with or without children; relocation specialists who assist clients in making that transition and human resource personnel responsible for international assignments.
Melissa Brayer-Hess is creator of a Foreign Service Website. She recently relocated from the Ukraine to Washington, D.C. Patricia Linderman is a writer, translator and U.S. Embassy liaison coordinator. She lives in Leipzig, Germany. The authors met, collaborated and wrote the book entirely over the Internet, first meeting face-to-face months after the manuscript was completed.