The Global Citizen: A Guide to Creating an International Life and Career

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If your dreams of career success include jobs in Prague or Munich, if you want to learn Mandarin while living in China, or if your travel plans always require a passport, then THE GLOBAL CITIZEN is for you. Written by Monster.com's former international career mentor, Elizabeth Kruempelmann, THE GLOBAL CITIZEN is an international life and career planner that walks you through the ins and outs of working, studying, volunteering, or living in a foreign country. Thought-provoking assessments will get you started on ...
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Overview

If your dreams of career success include jobs in Prague or Munich, if you want to learn Mandarin while living in China, or if your travel plans always require a passport, then THE GLOBAL CITIZEN is for you. Written by Monster.com's former international career mentor, Elizabeth Kruempelmann, THE GLOBAL CITIZEN is an international life and career planner that walks you through the ins and outs of working, studying, volunteering, or living in a foreign country. Thought-provoking assessments will get you started on your global path, the interactive planner will keep you on track, and extensive resources will widen your possibilities. With tips for researching and funding your adventure, secrets to adjusting to life abroad, and hints for making the most of your experiences when (or if!) you return, THE GLOBAL CITIZEN presents a new approach to life planning no citizen of the world should be without.

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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  • ISBN-13: 9781580083522
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xi
How to Use This Book xiv
Introduction 1
So, What Is a Global Citizen Anyway? 1
The Characteristics of a Global Citizen 2
Why Become a Global Citizen? 10
Fitting an International Experience into a Crowded Life 10
Creating Your Path 15
Part I How in the World Do I Get Started? 19
Chapter 1 Uncovering Your Global Passion 21
Know Thyself 22
Assessment Resources 24
Figure Out What You Love (and Do) Best 26
Defining Your Passion 30
Chapter 2 Culture Prep: A Mini-Course for the Culturally Challenged 33
Cross-Cultural Assessment 33
The Lewis Model of Cultural Classification 34
Cultural Mini-Course for the Businessperson 47
The Culture Shock Phenomenon 51
Chapter 3 International Goal Planning: Survey Yourself 59
Survey Says! 60
Part II A World of Opportunity 73
Chapter 4 Educational Travel: Life-Seeing and Sight-seeing 77
The Benefits of Educational Travel 80
How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Educational Travel 82
Planning Your Educational Adventure 83
Getting Started: Using the Internet to Research 83
Your Educational Travel Options 85
Chapter 5 Learning Abroad: Engaging Your Mind 119
The Benefits of Learning Abroad 120
How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Learning Abroad 122
Planning Your Learning Adventure 124
Getting Started: Using the Internet to Research 126
Your Learning Abroad Options 131
Chapter 6 Volunteering Abroad: Lending a Hand While Learning 173
The Benefits of Volunteering Abroad 175
How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Volunteering Abroad 177
Planning Your Volunteer Adventure 179
Getting Started: Using the Internet to Research 180
Your Volunteering Abroad Options 183
Chapter 7 Working Abroad: Gaining International Experience through Work-Abroad Programs 217
International Job Market Realities 218
What Is a Work-Abroad Program? 225
The Benefits of Working Abroad 225
How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Working Abroad 227
Planning Your Work-Abroad Adventure 228
Getting Started: Using the Internet to Research 228
Your Working-Abroad Options 230
Chapter 8 Working Abroad Alternatives: Building Professional Skills and a Global Career 249
The Benefits of Working Abroad 250
How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Working Abroad 253
Planning Your Work-Abroad Adventure 254
Your Alternative Working-Abroad Options 257
Part III Making Your Global Dream a Reality: Practical Stuff You'll Need to Know 301
Chapter 9 Affording It: Funding Your Sojourns 303
Scholarships 305
Fund-Raising 314
Chapter 10 So You Want to Go Abroad? Predeparture To-Dos 325
Predeparture Preparation 325
Other Preparations 331
Chapter 11 You're There! Now What? Maximizing Your Time Abroad 337
First Things First 337
Maximizing Your Time Abroad 343
Chapter 12 Home Sweet Home: Repatriation Reality 347
Coming Home 347
Repatriation Reality 350
Easing Your Transition 352
Chapter 13 Contributing to the World as a Global Citizen 355
What Can You Do? 356
Bon Voyage 369
Tribute 370
About the Author 371
Index 372
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2003

    Great Gift Idea for Graduates.

    I purchased this book to satisfy my own travel bug. Now I am buying it for every niece and nephew who graduates this May. I cannot think of a better gift to give the next generation than the gift of a global perspective. I enjoyed the author's charming stories about life abroad and admired her skill at organizing such a massive amount of information. How I wish that I had happened upon this reference in my younger days! It's never too late to experience the world, right?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2003

    Excellent resource for everybody with travel ambitions

    This is an excellent book for everybody who has ever thought about living in an international lifestyle. It provides great tips, resources and everything else you need to know to make that happen. I specifically liked the self-assessments as well as the stories from people who have actually been living through the adventures of an international experience. Great book to give you ideas about what to do next and to overcome those hurdles that seem to be in your way when considering to move and travel abroad. Strongly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2003

    Reference and revelation

    This book offers a nice mixture of data and ideas. It'll put you in touch with the right organisations for practical issues, but it'll also help you think about the whole life-changing experience of being far from home. It's full of personal touches, reassurance and encouragement. Makes me want to get out there again...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    Wonderful guide for study and living abroad

    I strongly recommend this book for people who is planning to study or working abroad. I am in my home country now, but I was an expat for 6 years, and I am enjoying reading this book because It is helping me with the culture shock I am having being in my home country again. The book gives you addresses and places to go if you are planning to move to another country, also tips in order to find out your cultural profile. It is also a wonderful book for people who is already in a foreign country, sometimes you experience a lot of feelings like, happy, angry, isolated, sad, culture shock, and reading the book can help you to reduce the stress or the sad you are having at the moment. So, if your are planning to move, read The Global Citizen.

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