17 MARCH 1961, Page 13

SM. - - Mr. Butler's reference in the House of Com-

mons to the assistance rendered by the Government to voluntary bodies giving useful service overseas

it) the past prompts me to draw your readers' atten- tion to the work of Oversea Service, a non-profit- making organisation which believes there is a tre- mendous job to be done in making good ambassa- dors of the British way of life of thousands of men and women from our shores who go abroad to work almost completely unprepared for the task of living in a strange environment. We try to help those going abroad by telling them something of the background and way of life of the country to which they are going; by showing them how they can make their own contribution to the development and advancement of the overseas people: by indi- cating the mistakes that can be avoided, and sug- gesting how tensions and frustrations can be prevented. To this end, we give advice on the per- sonal adjustments that have to be made and an insight into the responsibilities that must be carried.

We do this by running introductory courses in country houses at Farnham, Midhurst and High Wycombe for men and women going abroad, by keeping in touch with them afterwards and by hold- ing study conferences for those who have already gained experience of working outside Britain. Many leading industrial and commercial undertakings sup- port us in this work and our Board of Governors and Advisory Council include prominent represen- tatives of Government departments, industry, com- merce and religion.---Yours faithfully,


Oversea Service, 2 Eaton Gate, SW I