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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Intercultural Press; Revised Edition edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857883845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857883848
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Expert Expat can help simplify, untangle and enrich what will be one of the greatest experiences of your life!" From the Foreword by Alma Powell, wife of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell "Even more comprehensive than the first edition! Readers will benefit from the newly expanded chapters, especially the one exploring the challenges fo relocating third culture kids. The authors offer terrific advanice on raising global nomads in the 21st Century." Robin Pascoe, author of Raising Global Nomads "Moving abroad to live and work with family in tow is not easy, even when you have done it several times before. Linderman and Hess have covered all corners in this newly updated and expanded edition of The Expert Expat, which now includes invaluable information on safety and security and advice on moving with children that is bang up to the minute" Jo Parfitt, author, writer and speaking specialising in expatriate living"

About the Author

Melissa Brayer Hess is the Deputy Director of Crisis Management Training at the Foreign Institute Leadership and Management School. Patricia Linderman is Editor in Chief of Tales from a Small Planet, a wesite for English-speaking expats around the world, www.talesmag.com.

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A great read and a good reference book.
Robert Davis
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.
Andrew Crowley
I highly recommend it to anyone contemplating such a move.
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166 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Meredith on August 19, 2005
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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!!!
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Crowley on May 22, 2005
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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.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on January 21, 2003
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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.)
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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on June 2, 2002
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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.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Kelly on May 17, 2002
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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.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By T. Diggs on February 5, 2006
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I got the book because I am contemplating moving overseas, permanently. This book is wonderful for all those out there that are moving to a different country because of work, and will eventually be returning home. Though this book helped me a lot, It didn't cover a lot of things I needed to know, such as:

How to really pack and ship things overseas. They gave a general overview, but no real concrete steps or information that would help me on shipping.

It also didn't cover things that people would need if they are indeed staying overseas permanently, like immigration laws, steps on how to become a citizen of whatever country you are going to, or work/study permits. They assume that most of their readers will have the aid of an organization behind them. I attribute this to the writers not being able to be country-specific on such details.

They also added things which I didn't need such as language barriers, ( I am moving to an english-speaking country), or things to do with Pets & Children ( I have neither one or the other). I, as a single person moving overseas permanently without any organizational help whatsoever, will need more supplemental reading to go along with this book. But let me say again that this book is packed with information about the experience of moving abroad and anyone contemplating working/moving overseas should at least give this a read-through.
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