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Passports have been secured, along with a work permit for the employed family member, and dependent's passes for the trailing spouse and children. Destination: the world.

Nice work if you can get it : life and labor in precarious times
Andrew Ross.
New York : New York University Press, c2009.
Is job insecurity the new norm? With fewer and fewer people working in steady, long-term positions for one employer, has the dream of a secure job with full benefits and a decent salary become just that - a dream? InNice Work If You Can Get It, Andrew Ross surveys the new topography of the global workplace and finds an emerging pattern of labour instability and uneven development on a massive scale. Combining detailed case studies with lucid analysis and graphic prose, he looks at what the new landscape of contingent employment means for workers across national, class, and racial lines - from the emerging "creative class" of high-wage professionals to the multitudes of temporary, migrant, or low-wage workers. Developing the idea of "precarious livelihoods" to describe this new world of work and life, Ross explores what it means in developed nations - comparing the creative industry policies of the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union, as well as developing countries - by examining the quick fire transformation of China's labour market. He also responds to the challenge of sustainability, assessing the promise of "green jobs" through restorative alliances between labour advocates and environmentalists. Ross argues that regardless of one's views on labour rights, globalization, and quality of life, this new precarious and "indefinite life," and the pitfalls and opportunities that accompany it is likely here to stay and must be addressed in a systematic way. A more equitable kind of knowledge society emerges in these pages" less skewed toward flexploitation and the speculative beneficiaries of intellectual property, and more in tune with ideals and practices that are fair, just, and renewable.
     
Wildlife and conservation volunteering : the complete guide
Peter Lynch.
Chalfont St. Peter : Bradt Travel Guides, 2009.
"The Bradt Travel guide."
     
Gap years for grown ups
Susan Griffith.
Richmond : Crimson, 2008.
While many adults envy the gap year students who take ayear off to roam the world, an increasing number of themare putting normal life on hold to follow their own gapyear dreams. Gap Years for Grown Ups is a complete andcomprehensive guide to how to do it, complete with anenormous range of opportunities and first-hand accountsfrom people who have actually done it. Informationincludes: specialist gap year schemes that accept olderparticipants; jobs and voluntary work around the world;ideas for pursuing a hobby or new project. This guidealso offers superb advice on issues that will concernolder gappers, such as how to persuade your boss to giveyou leave, ensuring that you have a job to return to, andhow to finance a trip. While this book offers practicalinformation and advice, The Grown Up Gap Year Diariesgives a personal insight into a gap year adventure, andtakes readers on a journey through the highs and lows oftravelling the globe.
     
Gap years for grown ups
Susan Griffith.
Oxford : Vacation Work, 2006.
A comprehensive guide for the increasing numbers of people who are taking time off from their normal life to see something of the world or achieve some personal ambition
     

Expatriates, or citizens living and working outside their home country, are a rising trend in today's global business market. Employers are heavily invested in the successful transition of the expatriate employee. Understanding and addressing the needs of the trailing spouse and children can prevent assignment failure.

"It's a fascinating world out here, and welcome to it!"

(from The expert expatriate)

New workplace challenges quickly immerse the expatriate employee into the community and culture of the country. In the same way, accompanying children become immediately involved with their new classmates and activities at school. For the trailing spouse, however, a dedicated effort is necessary to seek out legal employment or volunteer opportunities, and to develop relationships with others in both the local and expatriate communities. Register with the U.S. Embassy and request contact information for supporting organizations.

Children growing up outside of their parents' culture are referred to as Third Culture Kids (TCKs). With greater confidence and independence, TCKs interact in various international cultures, yet often feel alienated in their home culture, a type of "hidden immigrant" when they return home.  Here they look similar to the population, but are quite different in thoughts and experience. Families will need to help their children develop a sense of where they belong in the world.

Overseas employment opportunities continue to grow, offering families the chance to embrace a foreign culture, discover international home and community, and experience the adventure of a lifetime.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff