Culture Shock!: Living and Working Abroad

Culture Shock!: Living and Working Abroad

by Monica Rabe


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"Living abroad involves experiencing new cultures, making new acquaintances, and coming to a deeper insight about life and the world in which we live. Personally I will never regret our years in foreign countries even if it means living far away from our family and friends."-Monica Rabe in Culture Shock! - Living and Working Abroad

Whether for the career opportunities, the chance to experience a new culture, or a combination of the two, living and working in a foreign country can be a rewarding experience for the expatriate family. But for the unwary and unprepared, it can be an unpleasant experience, as it strains relationships and tests the tolerance of the new foreigner.

Culture Shock! - Living and Working Abroad will give anyone contemplating a move to another country a head start in avoiding and absorbing the effects of culture shock in their new home. From finding accommodation to operating effectively in the workplace, Monica Rabe identifies the problems commonly encountered by the expatriate and offers ways of overcoming and avoiding them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606088104
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Monica Rabe has extensive international experience from living and working in Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia. She currently runs Key Scandinavian Handicrafts which markets Scandinavian handicrafts of her design in the US and Sweden. Her books include Working in Sweden, and Festivals of the World, Sweden.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author 6

Introduction 9

1 Culture - A Definition 12

2 Getting Prepared 19

3 Moving Out 28

4 Your New Home 38

5 The Outside World 51

6 Culture Shock 59

7 Language Barriers 65

8 Communication 70

9 Schools 76

10 Single Life 86

11 Staying Together 93

12 Working Life 104

13 Social Life 114

14 The Jekyll & Hyde Syndrome 123

15 Safety Abroad 127

16 Home Leave 134

17 Relocation and Repatriation 138

The Author 148

Index 149

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