How to Adapt & Avoid Culture Shock

  No matter how breathtaking the locale, how excited you are to be in a foreign country, or how many similarities your new country has to your former home, culture shock is prevalent when living in a foreign country, and it will probably affect you in some way. A 2000 study by Andrew C. Pelling at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, found the three main factors contributing to culture shock are: Cultural differences and misunderstanding Language and fear of … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

How to Use Effectively Nonverbal Communication When Relocating Overseas

  Spoken language is only 7% to 35% of communication. The majority of our feelings and intentions are sent through nonverbal communication. Moreover we tend to search for signals when verbal messages are unclear or ambiguous. Wordless messages or kinesics are the way we communicate by sending and receiving signals using body language, gestures, postures, proximity, haptics, and facial expressions. Some signals are consistent across cultures. To a certain degree this is good news; … [Read more...]

How to Deal with Culture Shock Effectively?

The Culture Shock Tool Kit - Unique Approach for Helping Expats Live International Experiences to the Fullest The Culture Shock Tool Kit was developed by Margarita Gokun Silver, Expatriate and Cross-Cultural Coach. Margarita was born in one country, holds a citizenship of another, and has been living in different countries for now almost 15 years. She considers herself a global nomad and a perpetual expatriate. When she thinks of the fact that for the first few years of her life she could … [Read more...]