It was very interesting to read about the behavioral stages expatriates go through: the tourist stage, disillusionment state, and culture shock. Before reading this handout, I have never heard of expatriates or the training they had to go through in order to work overseas. While I have heard peers talk about their experiences with culture shock whenever they get back from vacationing from Europe or Asia, it had never dawned on me how difficult it must be, long-term — especially if it was for work!
Since I was young, I was taught to embrace people’s differences, values and beliefs. Little did I know, there is so much more to that. Reading about the five dimensions and having cultural differences mapped out in charts was fascinating. What is considered normal or respectable in one country, may be deemed as rude in another. Since I have a couple friends who decided to study abroad this semester, I hope to follow their adventures through blog posts and see how the cultural differences affect them, as well as how they will adjust to living here when they return!