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.
"The authors draw on their vast global experience to give suggestions for dealing with the transition challenges that can so easily overwhelm both the new and the veteran traveller. The information in this book lets the reader follow one of the authors' most fundamental adjustment suggestions: 'Talk to people in a position to know.' These authors know." Terri L Williams, Vice President, Association of American Foreign Service Worldwide,
Not Very Helpful for Setting it up Yourself2005/8/19
This book offers some great advice for moving when you have a company or government moving you and a network to tap into who has done your similar move previously. If you are going it alone, the advice is very rudimentary. For example, it offers little advice on how to pack things and ship them except to contact those who have done it previously for advice. Well duh!? It also focuses on language barriers, etc. but I am moving to an Engligh-speaking country, so that did not apply. Advice such as - have your organization set you up with another American who can get your apartment, buy your first groceries, etc. - is a nice idea IF that type of person is available. We're the first Americans in our organization doing this, so we can't ask previous Americans in our situation to help us out. Some of the psyhological issues it addresses, however, are very helpful! There is a BIG focus on moving a FAMILY (big chapter on PETS too!). This book was not as helpful to a single girl moving!!!
Stresses Family Matters2005/5/22
I am a new expat on my first assignment with my spouse and 2 children. I wish I had this book before I left the United States. It is full of extremely good information.
The authors stress the importance of handling family issues. They really hit the nail on the head in describing the feelings and emotions that can arise on the part of family members involved in an international relocation. There are numerous sections of the book that address the special issues of spouses and children, and provide excellent advice on how to deal with them.
Read in conjunction with The New American Expat: Thriving and Surviving Overseas in the Post/9-11 World, and a couple of the top expat websites, like [...] and [...] these sources provide all the necessary information to make your overseas experience enjoyable and successful.
Packed with Knowledge!2003/1/22
Melissa Brayer Hess and Patricia Linderman's indispensable book covers all the practical aspects of adjusting to life in a foreign country. They pay particular attention to factors that can help or hinder an expatriot's adjustment. Every chapter includes short, personal sidebars recounting the experiences of those who've lived and worked abroad, an addition which brings the book to life with insightful, useful and often hilarious detail. We from getAbstract recommend this book to anyone who is considering relocation to another country. To be at home anywhere on the globe, supplement it with a couple of books about the specific country where you are going. Pay attention to the advice about planning ahead, then get your shots, tuck your passport in your pocket and head for the airport. (Don't forget to pack this book; you may need it for re-entry.)
Moving Abroad.... That's a horse of a different color.2002/6/2
So you got that dream job.... London, Tokyo, New Delhi, Pretoria? When you get there, you discover that you're "Not in Kansas any more." Trust me, I have done it five times, a move abroad is not like moving across the state or across the country. Suddenly you are far fom home, far from the people and things you know and love, and everything seems to work just a little bit differently. And if you think it is bad for you, just ask your spouse and kids.... Nevermind, Linderman and Hess do a great job of helping you with all the concerns that you might have in your move. This book sets forth the good, the bad, the ugly, and the funny in an international move. Even if you are lucky enough to have a corporate move-planner to assist you, this book is a gem to help you get ready psychologically for the move and what comes afterwards.
THE comprehensive bible for moving and living abroad2002/5/17
When you're moving overseas for the first time, what you want is advice, support, and perhaps more than anything else, the reassuring voice of reason. That's just what this comprehensive guidebook provides, which is what makes it such a boon to first-time and even experienced expatriates. The authors, both experienced expatriates themselves, offer refreshing reading on almost every imaginable topic pertaining to moving and living abroad: preparation, arrival, learning a foreign language, culture shock, moving children, moving pets, health care, and a special section for accompanying spouses. Full of down-to-earth advice spiced up with personal anecdotes, this book belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who's moving, living, or even considering a move abroad. *** I wrote the review above for the first edition, but I have to say that the 2007 edition is even better. For one thing, there are more anecdotal passages, which always makes for more interesting reading, and I do think that expats learn best from others who've gone before them. Secondly, since security has become more of a concern since 9/11, it's good that this new edition addresses security concerns much more comprehensively. This is a must-buy for anyone living, working or about to move overseas, especially since support from employers, particularly in the private sector, varies so much from company to company. It's good to have a book that thinks of everything.