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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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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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A must read for any working professional. 7 May 2012
By TeshneeChetty - Published on
Format: Paperback
For a book written as a guide, it was an easy read, not too long, not too short, which makes it perfect for someone who is travelling and looking for something quick and interesting to read. I particularly enjoyed the stories from the field. I thought this gave the book a personal feel in addition to it being a source of information.

Although I am in the finance field and do not currently travel for work purposes, I found many tips in this book to be rather useful in respect of my own field and have begun to apply them within my working environment. The author tackles everything that is vital to know, from the preparation required before embarking, to settling into a new and possibly challenging environment with different cultures and traditions, working with difficult people, establishing lasting professional relationships, safety tips and ensuring one's personal wellbeing.

This book would be a wonderful and most useful tool for anyone looking to work overseas, in particular, third world countries. With globalisation ever advancing, the advice and tips given in the book are gems for any working professional, regardless of the field of work.

I would highly recommend it!
Expat Working in Nigeria 22 Jun. 2014
By Ema M Billings - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
From what I have read from the book, which is three fourths it has been very helpful especially as an expat living in Nigeria. I'm a peacebuilder used to preparing and learning about a culture before I work in a new region so this from what I have read so far this book was extremely helpful. I'm only rating a four instead of a five solely because I have not finished reading it. Once I do, I will re-rate the book.
Warmest Aloha!
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