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  • Expat Exchange - Corozal - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Belize City Resources Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Retiring in Corozal Belize Comments Print Tweet Share Your Experiences with Retiring Abroad Corozal Belize A retiree in Corozal Belize chose Corozal for retirement because he had a friend with property there wanted a lower cost of living and tropical climate The most rewarding aspects of expat life in Belize have been the long lasting friendships he and his wife have made living in a different culture and enjoying a new cuisine What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Corozal Why did you choose to retire abroad lower cost of living climate Why did you choose the country you retired to Friend has property there Are you retired abroad all year or part of the year all year Did you ever live abroad before you retired abroad Yes many times I worked for an airline and was based in various cities countries How long have you lived abroad since you retired abroad Over a period of 25 years How many countries other than your home country have you lived in as a retiree 7 What have been the most challenging aspects of being retired abroad transportation housing What have been the most rewarding aspects of being retired abroad New friends lasting friends different cultures and cuisines What would you do differently if you were just starting the retire abroad process First visit new host country for a period of time to explore and familiarize with land and people liquidate my possessions small house and contents What is life like for a retiree in your city and its surroundings Is there an active expat community Cultural Attractions Recreation Nightlife Everything at your disposal What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country How difficult was this process Please describe Green Card through company automatically Did you buy a home or apartment or rent one Is this a difficult process Please describe Bought not difficult Financially has living abroad in your host country met your expectations Exceeded them It is tight rope What are the most important financial considerations for retiring to your host country Married an American How much can a retiree live on comfortably in your host country 3 000 3 500 Do you have access to quality medical care Please describe is it close Expensive Absolutely but expensive without adequate insurance Is there a lot of crime where you live Please describe Not sure but I think around 18 I live in a peaceful suburb Describe available transportation where you live Do you need a car Is there access to safe public transportation Definitely need a car safe public transport is available Is there high speed internet access

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/96/72160/20/Belize/Retirement-In-Corozal (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Denmark - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Aarhus - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    new culture Definitely but at that time was emigrating to Denmark so feelings were much stronger than as a business expat Anger was very strong why did we leave our great US Chicago life to struggle in small boring expensive Denmark What if any were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock These might include things such as anger depression anxiety increased eating or drinking frustration homesickness etc Admittedly I was not pleasant to be around because I complained a lot The Danes I knew were my husband s family friends who had never lived abroad or been the US and could not relate Also the immigration laws in 02 were terrible Danish citizens married to non EU spouses It took 8 months before I was approved and that was not a certainty We had already sent for the papers to return to the US What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture Now after some time I can appreciate the orderly aspect of Danish culture However my in laws and husband s friends understand me better and I speak Danish pretty well which is a huge help What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture The language The politeness of Danes which can sometimes be mistaken for them wanting to be friends with you Don t assume that A girl friend told me she had a lovely dinner with a group of people when she arrived hit it off with one girl there and when the night ended asked this Danish girl if she d like to get together for coffee sometime The Dane actually responded something to the effect of you re being a bit needy and I have enough friends It took everything for my girl friend not to burst into tears Danish men are great Danish women put up HUGE walls Don t expect ANYONE to speak in English at a dinner party They have never been taught that it is amazingly rude to speak in Danish and cut off a guest for hours and hours I have spent many a night out in silence because unless you keep talking they ll flip right back to Danish I know many others who ve experience this I finally told my husband who did try to get English going that unless he did something I wasn t going to these dinners sometimes 8 hours at a table anymore Did you commit any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders If you did and you d like to share them please do tell Yes I kept telling my mother in law for probably 4 years that I was going to the støvsuger vacuum cleaner to watch television instead of stuen living room Of course they knew what I meant they don t speak English but were too polite to ever correct me Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/95/24906/37/Denmark/Culture-Shock-in-Aarhus (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Ivory Coast - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Abidjan - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    may take refresher lessons Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad Slightly especially as this was my first time in a developing country How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad The most difficult thing for me to see is the garbage The streets are filthy the lagoons are filthy the buildings are filthy I had been afraid that the poverty would be heartwrenching but somehow it isn t it s the trash Expats often talk about going through the stages of culture shock Examples include the honeymoon phase the irritation to anger stage the rejection of the culture stage and the cultural adjustment phase Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture I m still too freshly arrived I think to give an adequate answer I am having a difficult time adjusting to my new and very comfortable way of life Staff to cook clean drive tend the garden I m looking forward to finding something productive or interesting to do with my time I m lonely What if any were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock These might include things such as anger depression anxiety increased eating or drinking frustration homesickness etc Definitely leaning towards depression at the moment If they were readily available I think I d be inhaling tortilla chips and chocolate bars thank goodness they re not I miss my daughter very much she stayed with her father in the US and will visit me here for vacations but modern technology lets me speak to her face to face every day and that helps I miss having pets I m eager to find some cats for the house What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture The streets are so active day and night I think the Ivoiriens are a particularly handsome people and I love their sense of style beautiful fabric made into shirts for the men and pagnes for the women People make an effort to look their best here from educated business people to produce vendors on the side of the road And although I have as a blonde haired blue eyed white woman definitely been the recipient of many long looks I have never felt threatened in any way What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture Again seeing the filth in the streets and the deteriorating infrastructure So many wonderful buildings left unfinished or abandoned I have come to appreciate this place in a very short time and I find myself wanting very much for it to be reborn as the vibrant city it once was Did you commit any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders If you did and you d like to share them please do tell Not yet but with my fractured French and slightly clueless personality I m sure I will Do

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/95/25279/59/Ivory-Coast/Culture-Shock-in-Abidjan (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Ivory Coast - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Abidjan - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Culture Shock in Abidjan Ivory Coast Comments Print Tweet Share Your Experiences with Culture Shock What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Abidjan Did you receive any cross cultural training for your move abroad If yes was it before or after the move no If they speak another language in your new country do you speak the language If yes did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad If no are you planning to learn the language i tried to study a bit before arriving but it turned out to be pretty useless as soon as i arrived i started with a french course Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad a bit How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad quite significant Expats often talk about going through the stages of culture shock Examples include the honeymoon phase the irritation to anger stage the rejection of the culture stage and the cultural adjustment phase Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture yes i did the culture here is very very different and still a lot of things are driving me nuts e g that i hardly found local professionals i can rely on everything takes a lot of time and most people see me as a walking wallet What if any were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock These might include things such as anger depression anxiety increased eating or drinking frustration homesickness etc i used to be pretty depressed in the beginning and i also didn t like going out on the streets much as hardly anybody speaks english and many people shouted at me mainly about being white also as i said before many things make me angry again and again What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture most people turn out to be helpful very friendly and very open with their opinions it s a vivid and colourful culture i like that there is city life where you can almost live up to western standards but also still very traditional ways of living in the villages it s interesting to get to know all the problems they have to develop and how much everything changed after the crisis What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture the slowliness and uneffectiveness the fact that i never know if someone likes me because of my wallet or because of me as a person the noise and that you can hardly walk on the streets without being bugged

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/95/24933/59/Ivory-Coast/Culture-Shock-in-Abidjan (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Living In UAE - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Abu Dhabi - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    3 years which in the south has many similarities in culture because of the Moorish influence so although not prepared I could understand what was going on If they speak another language in your new country do you speak the language If yes did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad If no are you planning to learn the language No My employer said I did t need to learn Arabic as translators are provided some of the time I went on an Arabic course run by the Brisih Council however it was social Arabic Whilst I can understand some conversations my Arabic is not a great deal of use Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad No How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad The culture shock is in the way work progress is achieved in the public services Culturally there is little difference to Spain however the short working days the reluctance to make any decisions at all the minor functionaries who prevent progress are all still surprising to me Expats often talk about going through the stages of culture shock Examples include the honeymoon phase the irritation to anger stage the rejection of the culture stage and the cultural adjustment phase Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture I think I probably did although at the time I didn t recognise them as such What if any were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock These might include things such as anger depression anxiety increased eating or drinking frustration homesickness etc Certainly frustration but none of the others What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture The friendliness of the Emirati people I have been made more welcome in the UAE that in several parts of the UK I have visited What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture Moving to a middle eastern country is so different to other European countries the greatest challenge is understanding how and why things happen in the workplace One expects differences in food and the day to day shopping bargaining etc Working in Government I was and still am to a degree challenged by the completely different way of internal working when compared to the UK The language is a barrier but it is also the unwritten codes of the tribes and families the office politics etc which pervade every thing every day Did you commit any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders If you did and you d like to share them please do tell I was visiting an office with a young Emirati colleague and was offered the customery Arabic coffee and dates I had the coffee cup in my right hand and took a date with my left hand My young colleague was scolded by the more senior people

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/95/45404/112/UAE/Culture-Shock-in-Abu-Dhabi (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Living In UAE - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Abu Dhabi - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    the move Nothing official but I have been living and or traveling overseas for nearly 30 years If they speak another language in your new country do you speak the language If yes did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad If no are you planning to learn the language Arabic is widely spoken as are a variety of expat language English is the lingua franca I do not speak Arabic nor do I plan to learn more than I speak of it now Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad No How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad Not overly significant as it is the same as my earlier experiences Abu Dhabi is a great place to be an expat as nearly everyone is from somewhere else As a woman we have an extraordinary amount of freedom here as compared to other Middle Eastern countries We do not have to wear abayas and we can drive I consider this liberating and it makes the culture shock much easier to deal with Expats often talk about going through the stages of culture shock Examples include the honeymoon phase the irritation to anger stage the rejection of the culture stage and the cultural adjustment phase Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture Of course there are stages of adjustment just as there are stages with any move whether domestic or international Once the adrenaline rush of the move is over and the everyday settles into place there are always things from home that you would prefer It s human nature What if any were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock These might include things such as anger depression anxiety increased eating or drinking frustration homesickness etc Some depressive mood fear which is valid when you see some of the drivers here dislocation as well What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture The warmth and care they show their families especially their children is truly heartfelt Americans could learn a lot by watching the time the Emiratis devote to family What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture Time is just a variable here An appointment really is not as specific as we expect especially between friends Did you commit any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders If you did and you d like to share them please do tell Asking a woman to meet me for a coffee without realizing that she could not do that without a family member as escort I don t know what I was thinking Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share Don t make these sites your only source of information about a culture Read go to university lectures art exhibits music concerts Learn about the culture

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/95/25630/112/UAE/Culture-Shock-in-Abu-Dhabi (2016-02-11)
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  • Expat Exchange - Living In UAE - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Abu Dhabi - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    long after arriving we participated in a workshop delivered by an Emirati man who does this with man new expats to the country I had been here about a week when that happened I had actually lived in the UAE before so the culture wasn t completely new to me as it was to most of my colleagues If they speak another language in your new country do you speak the language If yes did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad If no are you planning to learn the language I speak a very basic form of Arabic mainly the Egyptian dialect which I learned while living in Egypt In my home country I also studied classical ARabic Upon arriving I continued my studies for a few months Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad Not this time although when I first arrived in the UAE in 1998 I had no idea what to expect How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad Well it was difficult at some stage The fact that everyone speaks English that foods from home are familiar and that there is generally a tolerant approach to other religions and cultures it was easier than my expatriation to Spain Expats often talk about going through the stages of culture shock Examples include the honeymoon phase the irritation to anger stage the rejection of the culture stage and the cultural adjustment phase Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture Absolutely If you expatriate yourself multiple times you ll get good at identifying the stages when they hit and that makes it easier to cope What if any were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock These might include things such as anger depression anxiety increased eating or drinking frustration homesickness etc Intolerance this would never happen at home syndrome anger homesickness and situational depression all occurred at some point What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture They re incredibly generous If I admire something of they own they will try to give it to me They are also highly hospitable What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture The Emirati population is small compared to the rest of the country so there are generally less of them around As a woman forming friendships w an Emirati man can be tricky The concept of the platonic male female relationship doesn t exist in their culture On the flip side the women tend to have a lot of familial obligations and at times limited ability to move freely without a male member of her family so going out to a restaurant or coffee w just the girls has never actually happened for me Did you commit any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders If you did and you d like

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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Nigeria - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Abuja - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Nigeria Resources Nigeria Real Estate International Jobs Nigeria Nigeria Newsletter Nigeria Tips Nigeria Expat Blogs Nigeria Travel Warnings Resources Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Culture Shock in Abuja Nigeria Comments Print Tweet Share Your Experiences with Culture Shock An expat in Abuja Nigeria explains that it s hard to live there and that you need to have lots of money to live in a secured compound with a generator and water What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Abuja Did you receive any cross cultural training for your move abroad If yes was it before or after the move no If they speak another language in your new country do you speak the language If yes did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad If no are you planning to learn the language The language was not a problem Their accent is so hard to be understood in the beginning though Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad Didn t know about culture shock before experiencing it How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad SIGNIFICANT Expats often talk about going through the stages of culture shock Examples include the honeymoon phase the irritation to anger stage the rejection of the culture stage and the cultural adjustment phase Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture Moved through all these stages at the beginning you might be excited about the new culture Then you face the truth and all the problems and how much everything is different and you get depressed and you miss your homeland Then you adjust yourself and discover new angles in our personality What if any were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock These might include things such as anger depression anxiety increased eating or drinking frustration homesickness etc Increased eating homesickness at the beginning depression and crying in the middle What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture nothing What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture The electricity was cut off for a month and a half Also a week without water Malaria and fear to go out at night Security problems and I have to be back home at 10 One day a bomb explosion rocked my window Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share It s hard to live in Nigeria You need to have lots of money to live in a secured compound with a generator and water Always rub mosquito repellant And enjoy the company of expat friends

    Original URL path: http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/95/38174/389/Nigeria/Culture-Shock-in-Abuja (2016-02-11)
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