Resilience in the time of COVID-19

Let me begin by thanking CANADEM deployees and all other international workers who are working on the front lines or remotely, in your...

Succeeding on Short Term Missions

What are the secrets to success on short term international missions? Long term international missions provide time to learn. Those that...

The Right Stuff

Success begins with me.  Do I have what it takes to succeed on international assignments?  Research suggests that while 75% of us enjoy...

Take Two Asprins

As a short term traveller, you don’t have time to get sick.  You will get better but being sick will consume your working time and feel...

The Stress of Nice New Places

It wasn’t a war zone.  It wasn’t a hardship post.  The power stayed on, the food was delicious.  Beyond unpredictable drivers and the...

With Eyes Wide Open

The world can be a dangerous place.  We don’t want to be naive about it.  We also don’t want to be paralyzed by the risks.  The ideal...

Practicing Safe Stress

I lay in a hospital bed, just months after I started my first international job.  I had swollen joints, blurred eyes, high fevers and no...

Good things come in small packings

The secret to successful packing for short term international missions is “small”. Keep it light and compact. Pack what you think...

The Incredible Shrinking Hippocampus

It didn’t feel good.  Worry was a feeling in my chest and it woke me up at night.  Fear made my heart pound, my ears ring and my voice go...

Getting the Job Done

Humans survive by getting the job done.  It turns out there are many ways to do that. Cultures evolve to meet human needs in different...

Culture Shock

We are about to get a new car – with an automatic transmission! It sounds simple – you might even imagine easier than the manual...

If bad things happen – to me

It will happen to some of us.  In a long career away from home something that causes physical or emotional injury – or creates the fear...

Imagine an Iceberg

A small part of an iceberg, perhaps 10%, is visible above the waterline.  The rest, holding up the visible part, is hidden below the...

When trauma happens to someone we know

It was a nice afternoon.  Quiet.  People were finishing their day’s work and planning their evenings.  The drive home and a bit of...

The Home Front

Do the dishes before you leave Short term missions are a bit out of time and space.  They hold their own challenges but while we are on...