Living in Israel
A Full Cross-Cultural Training on Israel “Welcome to Israel”

  Are you moving to Israel?   Planning on working and living in Israel?   Maybe you are visiting Israel on a business trip or thinking about establishing business relations with Israeli companies?   Whatever reasons you have for traveling to Israel you must be wondering about life in Israel, its people, the Israeli business etiquette and how well would you adjust to the Israeli culture?     Culture is often viewed as an iceberg. A small part … [Read more...]

Living in Azerbaijan – Problems with Power

  Submitted by Judy from Toronto, Canada   In 1996 I moved to Azerbaijan with my husband and 9 year old son. At that time it was a newly independent former Soviet state and conditions were pretty poor. This is an extract from one of the letters I wrote home to family and friends.   Tuesday didn't start well. I slept late because of jet lag and when the water went off at 9am I still hadn’t had a bath or washed my hair. The water stayed off until 4.30pm, but I did manage … [Read more...]

Expats Living in India – The Expat Arc: An Expat’s Journey Over Culture Shock

  The Expat Arc is a collection of Danielle Barkhouse's jounrnal entries about her life as an expat in India. Daniellle describes her journey over the arc of culture shock, identity crisis and settling in. It includes nuggets of her humor, mistakes and a few 'light bulb moments' about living abroad.   Danielle's book The Expat Arc: An Expat's Journey Over Culture Shock can be found on Amazon.   In here you can read a chapter from her book:   Creepy Crawlies … [Read more...]

Working in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

  submitted by Melanie, Toronto, Canada   Back in 2002 I worked for a month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was a fantastic experience, and a real learning experience. I absolutely loved it. So much so we are returning this summer!   I was amazed at how Western and Eastern cultures seem to blend together well here. As I walked down the street I would see western looking people in western type clothes. And then I would see Muslim Arabic women wearing the full black cloak, the … [Read more...]

Volunteering in Thailand

  Submitted by Karol and Sam Epstein from Vancouver British Columbia,Canada   My husband and I decided to have an experience in another part of the world before embarking on a move to Vancouver British Columbia from Montreral,Quebec.   The reason for this move is to spend our retirement years with our beloved children and grandchildren who all live out west.   As a recommendation from our daughter, Elana, we decided to search the web sites for some volunteer … [Read more...]

Pushing, smiling, and driving in Russia

  by Loring, Zephyrhills, Florida, USA My experience in Russia is that they need less personal space than in the USA, especially in crowds. On a crowded street or metro station, they will push you from behind. They would be surprised if you were offended by it, and they would not be offended if you push them.   I also found that people do not smile and laugh on the street much. They will open up and be very friendly in their homes, however. Hospitality means they will invite … [Read more...]

Experiencing Israel Culture shock

  Some tips about dealing with the Israeli Culture before Moving to Israel How to overcome Israel culture shock as recounted by an American who immigrated to Israel:   Moving to work or to live in a different country can be overwhelming, even somewhat shocking. It can be so shocking; society has termed the experience- culture shock! This phenomenon is somewhat inevitable. There are ways to decrease the unpleasantries of the experience. But it happens to everyone, … [Read more...]

Italian Customs and Culture

  What you Should Know about Italian Culture before Moving to Italy   Before you make your move to Italy it helps to understand Italian customs, business etiquette in Italy and Italian traditions.   Knowing a little about what makes Italian people tick helps expats in Italy integrate better in to a new home country.   The Italian people are individualistic, traditional and proud and they demand respect and consideration from those they come in to contact with. The … [Read more...]

Understanding Germany Culture

  What you Should Know about Germany Culture before Relocating to Germany   Musical, historical, political, architectural, culinary and religious influences shape the culture of Germany.   It is a country that has been physically, ideologically and politically divided.   When the Berlin wall fell in 1989, the two sides of Germany started the process of reunification.   It was a process that revealed the existence of two distinct societies within one … [Read more...]

Getting to Grips with French Culture

  Some Tips about the French Culture Before Moving to France The French culture has been sculpted by its geography, history and religious composition and is centred on the arts, literature, language, fashion and cuisine.   Understanding customs and etiquette in France will make your stay a more pleasant experience.   The French Language   Most French people, particularly in the business world, speak English. Expats should at least attempt to learn key phrases … [Read more...]