Monday, August 30, 2010
Many of us, traveling overseas from post to post, cherish the comfort of a constant companionship and feeling of home that our pets provide. We go to great lengths to bring our pets to some of the most remote areas of the world. One of the Foreign Service officers we know flew her dog to a neighboring country and drove overland to arrive at her post in Southeast Asia, in order to avoid quarantine restrictions. KLM or Austrian Air are arguably the best airlines when it comes to pet transportation. Amsterdam and Vienna both have pet lay-over hotels, where your pets are taken during your stop-over to be fed and walked by dedicated and efficient personnel, without you having to leave the transit zone. The cost depends on the size of your pet and/or kennel and can run up to $1,750 for a one way trip to Cairo.
However, transporting your pets out of the country is not as simple as booking them a ticket and waving goodbye as they board the plane. There are special vaccinations to administer, electronic chips to embed (EU regulations), paperwork to be done, special kennels to be bought.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Understanding when to issue a sub-grant and when to compete a vendor contract under USAID assistance instruments can help you pass the ever frequent DCAA and other audits and avoid disallowance of costs.