Cultural Adaptation by The Positive Expat


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Cultural Adaptation by The Positive Expat

  1. 1. Cultural AdaptationHow to do it right! The Positive Expat
  2. 2. It’s normal☼ Adjusting to a new culture is a normal process – everyone must do it.☼ Each individual experiences it a little bit differently.☼ It produces a wide variety of reactions and feelings.☼ It does normally follow certain stages.☼ Not everyone experiences every stage.☼ Even those who do experience them all, may not do so in the same order, within the same time frame, or to the same degree. The Positive Expat
  3. 3. Stages of Cultural Adaptation☼ The Honeymoon Stage – Let the Fun Begin ☼ Usually the first stage ☼ Experienced immediately upon arrival ☼ Everything seems exciting and new ☼ Focus is on the sense of success in being in a new culture ☼ There is a high degree of curiosity and interest in the novelty of the new surroundings ☼ There exists an appreciation for and anticipation of the opportunities to be found in the new culture ☼ Most people feel energetic, enthusiastic, and positive during this stage The Positive Expat
  4. 4. Stages of Cultural AdaptationThe Culture Shock Stage – Ouch, This Hurts! ☼ Primary focus is on the differences between the home culture and the new culture ☼ A foreign language ☼ Uncertainty about how to interact with people in authority ☼ Unclear ideas about how to make friends with people from the new culture ☼ Doubts about how to date people from the new or other cultures ☼ Difficulty communicating in the usual way ☼ Distaste for local foods ☼ Encountering strange religious practices ☼ Discovering differences in the educational system and classroom etiquette ☼ Disappointment that people in the new culture may become impatient when you do not immediately understand things ☼ Finding that some people in the new culture are simply prejudiced against people who are not like them The Positive Expat
  5. 5. Stages of Cultural AdaptationThe Culture Shock Stage • You may experience feelings of • You may have conflicts with other • Anxiety people, or they may be internal – • Homesickness you may begin to struggle with • Anger your own values, habits, and • Loneliness preferences in the context of the new culture. • Helplessness • Fear for your safety • Confusion about which values you should choose • Uncertainty about whether to stay or return home • Not belonging The Positive Expat
  6. 6. Stages of Cultural AdaptationThe Recovery Stage ☼ After spending more time in Your new culture, You begin to resolve some of Your internal conflicts and to regain a sense of appreciation was experienced in the first stage. ☼ You have learned more about Your new culture and are able to better understand both the external and internal resources available to You. ☼ During this stage your feelings are generally a mix of those experienced in the first two stages. The Positive Expat
  7. 7. Stages of Cultural AdaptationThe Adaptation Stage ☼ During this stage You will develop a more realistic understanding of both the similarities and the differences between Your home culture and Your new culture and will gain clearer ideas about what You like and dislike in each. ☼ Many people move in the direction of becoming “bicultural” – being able to value and appreciate aspects of both cultures that they wish to retain or include in their lives. ☼ This stage may be characterized by a sense of confidence, maturity, flexibility and tolerance.
  8. 8. Stages of Cultural AdaptationYes, there is one more – Reverse Culture Shock ☼ After you have become relatively comfortable with the new culture, and are able to learn and incorporate new attitudes and behaviors allowing you to function better in the new culture, you may return to your home culture and may discover that both you and the home culture have changed (especially if you have been gone for an extended period of time) requiring that you go through the whole process again! ☼ This can be especially confusing if you were expecting to just return home and find yourself fitting in just as before. The Positive Expat
  9. 9. Successful Cultural Adaptation Tools and Techniques for successful adaptationLearn how to:☼ Understand and accept the social and behavioural norms of the host culture (Power Distance, Hierarchy, Religions, Status, Gender norms)☼ Build Social and Emotional Support Systems☼ And more…. The Positive Expat
  10. 10. Successful Cultural Adaptation Training, Coaching, Counseling Tools and Techniques to facilitate the process of expatriationCross Cultural Training for your clients:☼ HR and Global Mobility Departments,☼ Relocation Specialists,☼ Employee Assistance Providers☼ Individual and Group Coaching☼ Counseling Contact us: coach@thepositiveexpat.c The Positive Expat