If you become an expatriate living or working in a foreign country — it is imperative you try to learn all you can about the local culture so you can understand the culture and avoid being beaten by your competitors
You could work for a business in a foreign country. Or for an American business. However, given the transnational nature of most large corporations, it makes increasingly less sense to make that distinction. For example, what you know as “your music” is controlled by fewer than four large corporations, one from Britain (EMI), one from France (Vivendi), one from Japan (Sony), and one from the U.S. (Access Industries bought Warner Music in summer 2011, but most of its operations are non-U.S. — Russia and northern Europe. Thus, if you work in the “American” music industry, you most likely work for a foreign company.
Cross-Cultural Solutions’ Intern Abroad – Gain a Competitive Edge with an International Internship
NGO – non-governmental organizations
If you want to spend some time in a foreign country, but teaching isn’t quite what you had in mind, here’s an alternative, another path to the same goal.
NGO – non-governmental organization. That umbrella includes organizations that operate independently from any government although they are often funded totally or partially by governments. Much of what we call “foreign aid” is funded through NGO’s, often on a competitive basis through grant proposals. NGO’s often pursue a wider social goal. This goal may have political aspects, but NGO’s are not overtly political organizations such as political parties.
Duke University’s NGO Research Guide
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become increasingly influential in world affairs. They often impact the social, economic and political activities of communities and the country as a whole. NGOs address a host of issues, Including, but not limited to, women’s rights, environmental protection, human rights, economic development, political rights, or health care. In numerous countries, NGOs have led the way in democratization, in battling diseases and illnesses, in promoting and enforcing human rights, and in increasing standards of living.
Helping Haiti Help Itself
by Meredith C. Baker
Harvard Crimson, Thursday, October 28, 2010
It has been nearly a year since the earthquake that left Haiti—already the poorest country in the Western hemisphere—in shambles. With 1.3 million people displaced by the earthquake living in squalid conditions outside Port-au-Prince, 284 confirmed deaths in a recent cholera outbreak, and 19 candidates in the upcoming presidential elections, it seems as if international help and continued support would be welcome now more than ever. However, although there are nearly 14,000 NGOs and relief agencies operating in Haiti currently, their fragmented and isolated approach to work in Haiti has also indirectly caused long-term harm. Now that the “rescue” part of the “rescue, recovery, and reconstruction” plan is complete, it is time for the people, the government, and the foreign influence in Haiti to develop comprehensive and communicative plans that will allow Haitians a larger role in their country’s recovery.
List of INGO’s – international nongovernmental organizations
Major INGOs include:
- Amnesty International
- CARE International
- Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières
- FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights
- Friends of Peoples Close to Nature
- Oxfam International
- Save the Children Alliance
- The Library Project
Much of this kind of funding is done through the United Nations. Organizations maintaining official relations with UNESCO
Volunteer Abroad – International Volunteer Programs & Work
Sankalp’s Shake Hands India Volunteer Program
Mission Finder – Classified Directories of Christian Mission Opportunities
Kids Alive International Missionary Opportunities