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Gauging Success in Adapting to Different Cultures and Lifestyles

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Successful integration into new communities, cities, cultures and countries is exciting and challenging! In this five part on-line training series, Jennifer Kumar, Lifestyle and Cultural Adjustment …

Successful integration into new communities, cities, cultures and countries is exciting and challenging! In this five part on-line training series, Jennifer Kumar, Lifestyle and Cultural Adjustment mentor shares three tips and strategies one can use to adjust to new lifestyles, cultures and thoughts to increase integration and reduce culture shock.


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  • 1. Gauging Success in Adapting to Different Cultures and Lifestyles Part 1: Introductions Jennifer Kumar, CC, MSW Owner and Program Director Authentic Journeys©2010-2012 Authentic Journeys authenticjourneys@gmail.com www.authenticjourneys.info
  • 2. Stories and Tips on Cultural Adjustment Stories and thoughts on cultural adjustment Tips and three exercises you can use today to encourage success in any new culture Ways we can interact after today!©2010-2012 Authentic Journeys authenticjourneys@gmail.com www.authenticjourneys.info
  • 3. Getting to know you... Are you a newcomer from another country or across the country? Are you interested in adapting new cultures and lifestyles? Do you want to balance different cultures to create a unique, inspiring life?©2010-2012 Authentic Journeys authenticjourneys@gmail.com www.authenticjourneys.info
  • 4. Getting to know you... Are you experiencing culture shock? Do you feel caught between cultures or lifestyles? Do you believe there are different lifestyle or cultural definitions, pathways or behaviors that define success?©2010-2012 Authentic Journeys authenticjourneys@gmail.com www.authenticjourneys.info
  • 5. Layers of Meaning Some questions about cultural adaptation are closed-ended yes or no questions- ...while others encourage an inventory of ourselves on different levels. Lifestyle inventory is one technique we will discuss.©2010-2012 Authentic Journeys authenticjourneys@gmail.com www.authenticjourneys.info
  • 6. Three Strategies/Techniques Relating & Mentoring Understand the culture through inquiry, understanding, trial and error Lifestyles Inventory Examining different areas of your life, taking inventory of the strengths and using them to overcome the challenges Three tier approach Adapting new behaviors through impression management and intellectual integration©2010-2012 Authentic Journeys authenticjourneys@gmail.com www.authenticjourneys.info
  • 7. Gauging Success in Adapting to Different Cultures and Lifestyles Jennifer Kumar, Owner and Program Director Authentic Journeys authenticjourneys@gmail.com www.authenticjourneys.info Click here to watch part two!©2010-2012 Authentic Journeys authenticjourneys@gmail.com www.authenticjourneys.info