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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1st edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580083528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580083522
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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It is full of plenty of delicious details about how to go about planning the rest of your global future. -- Chicago Tribune, September 29, 2002

About the Author

Elizabeth Kruempelmann is a sales and marketing consultant who speaks four languages and has lived in the United States, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and Portugal. The mother of a new baby boy, Kruempelmann lives with her German-born husband in Lisbon, Portugal.

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This book is very helpful.
Keuka Lake
She applies not only her broad base of knowledge but personal connections as well to give commentary on their enriching experiences abroad.
Alice Paipa
The "Global Citizen" is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to travel or work abroad.
Desha Peacock

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Chukcha the Reviewer on September 11, 2004
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If you are under 20, not sure what to do with your life and contemplating about how cool it is to travel to Europe and save the rain forests - this book is perfect for you (even better if you want to save rain forests in Europe). Then, if you are not from US, don't have kickass amount of money to spend or know exactly what you want - bypass this title.

The Global Citizen offers a lot of ways for an American to go abroad; if you live elsewhere, only 20% of all the suggestions are relevant to you. Of these 20%, most require significant investment. What's more important, neither of these ways is described in detail.

Large sections of this book are dedicated to the fine art of proving that 2 and 2 equals 4. For example, the author dedicates 2 or 3 pages to explanation why it pays to know languages others than English.

On the other hand, little to no useful tips are given on most important subjects, like convincing the foreign employer to hire you, or listing places with high expat concentrations, etc. Most of the work abroad opportunities are standard English teaching stuff - I don't need to buy a book to tell me about it, really.

The book is full of howlers. Page 199: 450 - 2550 British pounds are translated as 310 - 1767 US dollars (neat, huh?). Page 88: Arctic Odysseys provides high quality travel experiences in the Arctic regions of Canada, Greenland, Siberia and China (someone please find Arctic China for me). Page 213: the author discovers a new country: Moldova-Ukraine. And this is just a small part.

Again, good enough as introduction, many ideas, very low on details.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Desha Peacock on May 5, 2003
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The "Global Citizen" is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to travel or work abroad. Most importantly for me, this book has a wealth of information on careers abroad that I had not thought of before. Most career guides are so narrow in scope that I rarely find much use in them because they are so "8-5" in nature.
The other cool thing about this book is that it's full of websites with info. on every aspect of living, working, or volunteering abroad.
I love the personal stories in the section "A Global Citizen's Perspective" because, as a traveler, you can really connect to the experience of the author and other people who have done what you want to do.
If you are looking for a a life changing adventure, then travel abroad. If you want to stay abroad, then get this book!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Landes on January 28, 2003
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You can't help but get excited about the possibilities of an international lifestyle abroad with The Global Citizen as your guide. From engaging stories (from people who have actual done what you're dreaming of doing!), essential to-do's, and practical how-to's to heaps of international programs and resources, the voice of experience truly speaks throughout the pages. Now you just have to read through, take action (with help from Elizabeth!), and create your new way of life! A must for anyone who wants to live and work overseas.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alice Paipa on February 23, 2003
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The Global Citizen is a really great resource for people who want to learn about the on-line resources available to work, study, travel, and just find an experience that will suit each person abroad. Kruempelmann does a wonderful job of dividing the book up in sections to suit people with all different interests, backgrounds and approaches. She applies not only her broad base of knowledge but personal connections as well to give commentary on their enriching experiences abroad. A great resource for students at any level and really for anyone looking for an experience abroad!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Thompson on February 20, 2003
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This book is a must-read for anyone with an international background and who is aiming to work or study overseas. Elizabeth's book is full of great advice, insightful observations -- and most importantly, genuine inspiration -- for those who are just getting started on a path towards an international career. I only wish that a resource like this had been available 10 years ago, when I was getting started on this path as a recent college grad!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dqm061010 on January 30, 2006
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"The Global Citizen" is a MUST READ for anyone seeking to establish an international lifestyle. I especially liked the sections that allowed real people who've moved abroad the opportunity to write about their experiences. These "journal entries" gave me a lot of inspiration. The book is loaded with program information for study, voluteering and work abroad. There is a chapter on financing your journeys which offers information about scholarships and grants that I didn't even know existed! I highly recommend "The Global Citizen" for anyone serious about going abroad short-term or long-term.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fatima Wilhelm on April 13, 2003
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The Global Citizen provides valuable information not only to someone starting a world adventure but also to the experienced traveler. As I am passionate for living the international life I will keep this book as my personal guide and I will certainly take advantage of all the useful addresses in there. Great resource, Elizabeth!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jefke kiekeboe on January 31, 2003
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Living abroad ourselves for several years we wish we would have had this book before we left. It would have saved us from some 'learning' experiences.
Knowledge of the world demands
more than seeing the world
One must know what to look for
in foreign countries
Can't wait for the European edition to appear !
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Kruempelmann is the founder of Global Citizen Coaching, a life coaching business dedicated to empowering people worldwide to discover their true potential. She is also a writer, wife, mother of two and a member of the American Women's Club of Dusseldorf. Her book is called "The Global Citizen: A Guide to Creating an International Life and Career". She loves hearing from readers, especially global citizens, who are discovering their true paths. For more information on life coaching, see her website at www.the-global-citizen.com.