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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Ghana - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Accra - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    town that you are reporting on Accra 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 This is the first country I have expatted in that speaks my native tongue have previously lived in 3 countries that spoke a different language In 2 of those countries I had to learn the new language and was amazed to find I could having always thought I could never learn another language as I failed hopelessly at school Best thing is to start using your new language as soon as possible even if people do laugh at you most appreciate your efforts and will help you 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 It varies depending on country and circumstances it is always worse if you are in a hurry to settle quickly rather than taking time to sit back and observe and adjust Trying to speed things along often creates a lot of frustration Is also affected by how much support you have in your new country to get settled 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 Pretty much but not always separate stages often can be going through more than one stage at a time and sometimes may change from one stage to another on a daily basis 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 have been away from home for so long now 8 years I never really feel homesick anymore but I do find myself getting angry and frustrated at not always being able to get things done that should be quite simple depression from a feeling of powerlessness here as I often have to rely on others and am often taken advantage of While normally I am quite trusting I have no faith or trust in people here which badly affects the quality of experience I have here What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture Live music What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture People here only tell you what you want to hear not the real situation leading to not being able to trust anyone Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share

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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Mexico - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Ajijic - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Belize and Mexico for a couple of years now I intend to finally get into taking lessons weekly after out move from Tulum to Ajijic on Lake Chapala Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad Mostly the lack of Spanish but with over 20 years of travel here I knew it really wasn t that big of a deal But if you want to fully enjoy the experience you will want to learn their language so that you can be a part what s going on around you and stop having your eye s glaze over when they start talking to you How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad Not that much You do realize just how lucky you are when you experience people living on a few dollars a week that wouldn t support you for a day 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 No we were fully prepared for it and felt we were ready to pull the plug on the USA 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 No never felt homesickness except for Elk hunting time back in Oregon in the fall That was a really fun things for me to do with real good friends The whole week of bbq drinking camping etc was always a blast What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture New things are always here to explore like art Churches for their age and design food love the food I ve explored most of the country by car now and love it Always feel safe but use common sense too It many ways there s always reminders of where you came from in the diverse terrain and geography like Mexico s What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture Can t really think of any past the language barrier when you can t talk to a car mechanic or shop person Cops have all been extremely nice and not threatening at all Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share Remember to stop talking loudly when you aren t sure how to communicate Their not deaf and your in their country show some respect Mexican people are incredible warm and nice family centered culture and they will respond warmly to you if you smile and make an effort More Expat Advice about Culture Shock in Mexico Culture Shock in Ajijic Mexico Culture Shock in Coastal Oaxaca Mexico Culture Shock in Guadalajara Mexico Culture Shock

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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Saudi Arabia - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Al Khobar - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    lives day to day He found prayer time and the fact that stores are closed during the middle of the day a challenge He admits that life in Al Khobar was more challenging for expat women who have to be transported everywhere and have more rules to live by What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Al Khobar Did you receive any cross cultural training for your move abroad If yes was it before or after the move No formal training After my wife arrived she spoke with a lady from the relocation company who offered some help but we had already been in country for 2 months 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 don t speak Arabic I don t currently have any plans to learn Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad Taking my family into a country we knew very little about How would we be received How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad It wasn t as bad as expected We had talked to some people who had lived here previously and a couple who were currently living here They helped us with our expectations greatly 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 There s not much of a honeymoon phase in Saudi You jump right in feet first You learn to adjust but I believe it s different more for the wives than the husbands 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 We tend to stay home more than we did previously You look forward to getting away for the weekend Things aren t bad until it gets close to vacation time Then you are ready to go What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture How accepting locals are of my family Everyone is very kind and willing to help with issues They really live by the day to day aspect of life Sometimes it makes things difficult for planning purposes but it s a credit to them to believe the way they do What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture More for the wives than the husbands Prayer time while trying to shop Stores closed during the middle of the day for several hours Relying on others to transport the ladies around Did you commit any

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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Saudi Arabia - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Al Khobar - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    in a tractor Fortunately the Internet was avaliable but even then some pages were restricted or band or the service we had in the apartment was very very slow despite the fact it was supposed to be cable I also got angry too see below as sometimes it took forever for apartment staff to do anything and that tested my patience something that I was used to having a lot of before I left I often got lonely because where I was there were very few woman around 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 In my apartment building there were very few woman that lived there which made it very hard for me to actually get out and about at first I felt rather locked away because of this and in the beginning I was ready to throw it in By after awhile I actually got to know people and realised that if I was to enjoy this place I needed to get out which I did and met another woman but she was very different to me in so many ways but because she was female I made a point of making her a friend I also found that my level of patience wasn t as good while I was there as staff would often take forever to do things for you if you needed anything fixed in your apartment The word inshallah if God wills it started to grate on me over time and I used to grow tired of just waiting for things Yet if they wanted anything done they would expect it done immediately so that got to me a bit What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture I loved the fact that these people had a lot of time for me if I liked something they would give it to me and I was often treated like royalty a lot too as I was the only woman who worked amongst the men I was treated with a lot of respect and also I found that these people were great hosts The owner of my apartment building and I became good friends and he would often get his manservant to bring me up a plate of every dish he would serve down in his Ramadan tent over Ramadan just so I didn t miss out as I could not enter his enter tent because it was a male only event But like a good host I was given a lot of respect by the males in the Kingdom and I will never forget that It was their kindness and appreciation for me as a westerner that made them do this and I was rather sad when I left because of this What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture Juggling

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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Philippines - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Alabang - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    encountered a more optimistic group in all my life They help one another when they are in trouble Families are close For the most part the people are not driven by what brands they wear or type of car they drive though sadly there are signs that this is starting to slowly change in the metro areas Filipinos will break out into song or dance the newest pop dance while living in conditions that would have Americans lying on the floor crying I have had so many strangers try to feed me just because we were out and about somewhere and happened to pass a birthday party or family gathering Everyone is welcome at all times What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture Filipinos generally speaking do not do sarcasm I ve had to learn how to dial my sarcasm way way back On the flipside when they do try sarcasm they are generally really bad at it and it can come off as just purely mean So you have to learn to have thick skin Also ignoring sarcasm all together there are different observational boundaries here They will openly comment on your appearance in ways that Americans won t Wow you re fat You re SO tall Your feet are HUGE This will sometimes be accompanied with pokes or pinches This is all observational Nothing mean is meant by it despite how we ve been conditioned to hear it As a parent the other thing that has been very hard to get used to is that women I ve never seen before will touch my children There is still a belief here among some that what a mother sees or touches while she s pregnant will affect the looks of her unborn child The Philippines is a country that right or wrong aesthetically prizes light skin and European noses so it s not uncommon for young women to come up to my children when we are out and about and just start stroking their cheeks Sometimes you also come across older ladies who just like to stroke and pet cute little kids no matter what their race and feel free to do so My kids are used to it now but I still have to control the urge to tell these women to step back and keep their hands to themselves Nothing untoward is meant by it and it s actually a complement they are saying they think my kids are cute So thanks for that I just bite my tongue and move us along as soon as we can I know a lot of expats struggle with the feeling of being overcharged for items or services This does happen Do your research beforehand on what things should cost If you think the price is too high just stand there for a moment holding or looking at the item and often they will lower the price You can try asking what their last price is Sometimes asking them what the price would be if you need a receipt will lower the price too especially if they are just working the booth and not the owners because they would get fired if the booth owner sees they are overcharging and pocketing the difference Agree to prices before you get into a tricycle or get a massage or any sort of service agreement Finally if the price is only slightly inflated and you can afford it consider just paying it Unless you are here living on a Filipino salary yourself and honestly can t afford the foreigner tax then look at the extra dollar or two as a form of charity Do not let your retail experiences contaminate your feelings toward all Filipinos My Filipino friends are embarrassed and shocked to hear what shopping can be like for me Did you commit any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders If you did and you d like to share them please do tell 1 I had my what the crap am I doing in this country moment in the middle of a small mall in a rural province including full on sobs That was an interesting moment of my life ahem 2 I have gotten in trouble over food before I hate fish and seafood and in a country where the people both eat a lot of those foods AND like to feed other people I know I have caused offense by refusing to try certain dishes At this point I claim it s an allergy and people aren t offended when I say no If you do try something never NEVER insult it or insinuate that you don t like it Even if it is cake with cheese on top 3 Once I got so out of my mind frustrated with an employee in a store that I started yelling at him I very very rarely ever get to the point of yelling It s happened maybe twice before this story But it was a very frustrating situation and getting that point would have been understood in the US Here if you get to that point you can instantly see that the person you are yelling at has lost all respect for you You are acting like a child and you ve given them permission to completely ignore you at that point The more frustrated you are the more polite you need to get if you expect to get anything done 4 All of that said the most embarrassing series of events I ever witnessed was when we went away with 3 other American couples for a weekend Two of the other ladies decided they didn t like the music playing in the seaside restaurant where we were having dinner so they went over and plugged in an ipod to the sound system and just took it over The staff didn t know what to do so they just let them do it but the quality of the service

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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Egypt - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Alexandria - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    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 We want to learn Arabic as quickly as possible It is essential if you are planning to stay in another country for any length of time Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad A little I tried to read up as much about Egypt that I could find How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad It certainly is different to what I had prepared for 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 go through all the stages every single day The secret for me is to pliable and accepting and not to compare what is here with what I had in South Africa 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 One of the changes is the realization of how fortunate I have been and how blessed to be a part of this new chapter in our lives The support of my husband has made all the difference What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture The people are very friendly and try and help wherever they can The sense of safety is also a surprise The delight in finding things that I am looking for is wonderful What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture The language to make someone understand what I am trying to say Did you commit any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders If you did and you d like to share them please do tell I was in the mobile shop and after arranging our cellphone airtime etc was asked for the visa whereupon I pulled out my husband s passport and pointed to our visa Much to the shop assistant s amusement he pointed out that he wanted the Visa credit card Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share Prepare as much as possible arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can Be pliable and humble and prepared to accept people for who they are without expecting them to be who you want them to be Accept that you will be sad and miss those you love but be grateful that you live in the electronic age where contact is easy Be patient with yourself and your spouse More Expat Advice about Culture Shock in Egypt Culture Shock in Alexandria Egypt Culture Shock in Alexandria Egypt View all Reports Worldwide

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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Egypt - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Alexandria - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    overseas post for most of us 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 knew none of the language before I arrived I found taxi words and food words to be the most helpful stop here wait for me straight ahead left right milk no meat etc Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad I wasn t worried but the smell scared me when I first landed How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad Being my first time abroad I didn t know what to expect I was lonely for home but I don t feel that I experienced severe culture shock It was a bit more difficult as a single woman I got a lot of attention from the men and goosed by some boys on the subway ladies DON T take the subway 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 guess I did a bit Keeping a sense of humor helps a great deal 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 did find myself getting irritated frustrated with things when they didn t work properly or the taxi driver seemed to not be able to find one of the most popular spots in town What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture Sense of safety Kindness of Egyptians What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture Very dirty smelly busy noisy place Nothing is the way you would expect it to be and it s difficult to get many things done More Expat Advice about Culture Shock in Egypt Culture Shock in Alexandria Egypt Culture Shock in Alexandria Egypt View all Reports Worldwide Write a Comment about this Expat Report Sign In to post a comment Comments about this Report guest Apr 14 2011 09 36 something I had a problem with is you always have dirty shoes Egypt ruins any nice shoes that you wear Another thing is that its impossible to find a lot of the vegetables that you eat in America The safety is amazing though The people are very kind as you said Best of all is all the rich culture and Kushery guest Jun 20 2012 11 46 I have been living and working in Alex for 7 months now Yes it is dirty and stinks to high heaven I find it very hard

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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Algeria - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Algiers - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    to live in Algeria She now knows that it s her sense of freedom which she seems to have lost What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Algiers Did you receive any cross cultural training for your move abroad If yes was it before or after the move I had visited Algeria lots of times before moving there 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 French fluently and have tried to pick up as much of the local language as possible but I really struggle with the pronunciation and as I look very foreign people don t expect me to speak their dialect and just stare at me as a result Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad Yes but I was more concerned about how my children would manage as they had previously lived in London and France How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad It took awhile for me to realise what it was exactly that made it so difficult for me to live in Algeria I now know it s my sense of freedom which I seem to have lost I m looked at everywhere I go stared at and there are lots of things I can not do just because society does not accept it Silly things like walking my dog Or walking anywhere really 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 Not sure about the different stages I feel that I have more or less settled in now but it s not easy and I have had to compromise a lot 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 Frustration and really really missing all the things I used to take for granted What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture Weather is great You can live and eat very well in Algeria if you have your own home and a job It s a beautiful country and there are some amazing places to visit What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture Understanding that my logic does not apply People here are very emotional Everything becomes very dramatic very quickly and then settles down even quicker whilst my head is still spinning People are very friendly and welcoming when you are visiting they are less happy for you to

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