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Don't leave home without it! For over twenty years, travelers seeking exciting and rewarding adventures abroad have looked to Bob Kohls for advice and have made Survival Kit for Overseas Living one of the most popular books ever published on crossing cultures, buying over 300,000 copies. With this new fourth edition, sojourners about to set out to live or work overseas wi Don't leave home without it! For over twenty years, travelers seeking exciting and rewarding adventures abroad have looked to Bob Kohls for advice and have made Survival Kit for Overseas Living one of the most popular books ever published on crossing cultures, buying over 300,000 copies. With this new fourth edition, sojourners about to set out to live or work overseas will soon discover why Kohls' experience and wisdom have stood the test of time. Kohls' penetrating insights and practical strategies on how to avoid stereotypes, how to explore the mysteries of culture, and how values and different ways of thinking influence behavior make this an indispensable guide. To bridge the cultural divide - whether traveling alone or with a family, for business or education, whether staying a month or a lifetime - pack this guide first!


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Don't leave home without it! For over twenty years, travelers seeking exciting and rewarding adventures abroad have looked to Bob Kohls for advice and have made Survival Kit for Overseas Living one of the most popular books ever published on crossing cultures, buying over 300,000 copies. With this new fourth edition, sojourners about to set out to live or work overseas wi Don't leave home without it! For over twenty years, travelers seeking exciting and rewarding adventures abroad have looked to Bob Kohls for advice and have made Survival Kit for Overseas Living one of the most popular books ever published on crossing cultures, buying over 300,000 copies. With this new fourth edition, sojourners about to set out to live or work overseas will soon discover why Kohls' experience and wisdom have stood the test of time. Kohls' penetrating insights and practical strategies on how to avoid stereotypes, how to explore the mysteries of culture, and how values and different ways of thinking influence behavior make this an indispensable guide. To bridge the cultural divide - whether traveling alone or with a family, for business or education, whether staying a month or a lifetime - pack this guide first!

30 review for Survival Kit for Overseas Living: For Americans Planning to Live and Work Abroad

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Schrock

    Read in a hurry for class but it was good - will keep to read again. The section on culture shock was most helpful

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mina Soare

    For all its advertised open-mindedness and medium-sized list of references, the work has very little to do with any other opinion but the author's. After reading my way past Chater 2, I was expecting a standard, albeit original at its time of publishing, self-help. Well, not a dozen pages later it deftly turned into a structured and referenced approach to culture and stereotyping that seems more in line with the number of times this book itself has been referenced in my Management interculture For all its advertised open-mindedness and medium-sized list of references, the work has very little to do with any other opinion but the author's. After reading my way past Chater 2, I was expecting a standard, albeit original at its time of publishing, self-help. Well, not a dozen pages later it deftly turned into a structured and referenced approach to culture and stereotyping that seems more in line with the number of times this book itself has been referenced in my Management interculturel textbook. My elitist self was positively aflutter. That is not to say that the book doesn't offer practical advice. I would go as far as saying that you can skip Ch4-10. From Ch11 onwards, the author outlines a wide array of pertinent common sense advice. There is Ch14, which includes an extensive list of topics to focus on/talk about/research to gain a wider perspective of the culture, and Ch15-16 which take a practical approach to Culture Shock that I've never seen repeated, adressing length, symptoms and reactions - quite accurately, too.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Felix

    Ultimate book for overseas travel, study or work.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I felt like this helped prepare me for working abroad. I read the book before i left and i am back now. Looking back on it, i think i was more aware and knew what to ask about because of this book. The transition for me was really smooth but i do think this book helped a lot!! I suggest reading this book if you are someone that likes to prepare and make things as smooth as possoble for yourself. The living part wasnt so difficult as i was more worried about paperwork and working in a foreign cou I felt like this helped prepare me for working abroad. I read the book before i left and i am back now. Looking back on it, i think i was more aware and knew what to ask about because of this book. The transition for me was really smooth but i do think this book helped a lot!! I suggest reading this book if you are someone that likes to prepare and make things as smooth as possoble for yourself. The living part wasnt so difficult as i was more worried about paperwork and working in a foreign country.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Lischke

    Though dated, the Survival Kit for Overseas Living poses challenges in a way that checks the ego of the reader and forces them to confront American cultural norms and to acknowledge how these habits may be abrasive when living in a new land. The activities and interactive sections of this book made learning about the topic 3 dimensional. Easy 1 day read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    George

    Super practical, super useful, and easily accessible. Glad to have read it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This is about culture and customs for people who are working in a different country. I was looking more for nuts and bolts information of moving to another country.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    I didn't expect to find this book all that useful, but after about a week living overseas I opened it up and found it to be fairly helpful. Exactly as the title suggests, this book is a brief presentation on some of the issues Americans might face living in a foreign country or a foreign culture. The most valuable part for me was the discussion of what makes "culture", how we experience cultural differences and why it is that we have "culture shock" once we cross the border. The book includes ex I didn't expect to find this book all that useful, but after about a week living overseas I opened it up and found it to be fairly helpful. Exactly as the title suggests, this book is a brief presentation on some of the issues Americans might face living in a foreign country or a foreign culture. The most valuable part for me was the discussion of what makes "culture", how we experience cultural differences and why it is that we have "culture shock" once we cross the border. The book includes exercises for understanding our own culture (which is often invisible to us until it's not there anymore) and some good advice for coping with culture shock (get out of the house, focus on the positive, etc.) Even if not every section is relevant to your experience, it's a quick read and includes some good stuff.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    To be fair I read an older edition so perhaps it has been improved/expanded...most of the advice seemed like common sense and directed at people who have never left the country before and/or hold some "very American" points of view. There were some good nuggets of information though, especially in terms of how other nationalities tend to view Americans. A lot of this information can be found online however.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Juliet

    I have digested this book, and think it gives you the broad outline of being interested then put off then balanced in your view of the new culture you are in. Still though, it is hard to capture the experience in a book. It is a good primer--haha, love that word.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emi Bevacqua

    This 4th edition is already 15 years old, and clearly lots in it can't compete with what's available on the world wide web, but I have to say it's got a nice format to it. It offers a framework for making educated decisions, based on anthropology and philosophy, etc.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Seth Westhoff

    Incredable book to aide in cross-cultural living both for the novice and experienced traveler. Great, simple and clear advice.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Sumpter

  14. 4 out of 5

    John

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ercilia Delancer

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  17. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Jones

  19. 5 out of 5

    Craig Delarge

  20. 5 out of 5

    Holly Splawn

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hutton

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shane

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janine Brown

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rasalyn Bowden

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sean Meloney

  26. 4 out of 5

    Krys Brown

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Marie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hillary Baden

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bob Desplinter

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