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Culture

Zimbabwe Course May 8, 2018

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Pre-Departure Orientation
Koby Andrews-Howards- Denmark
Alexandra Thomas- Ghana
Nayeli Cervantes- Nicaragua
Alex Walz- Thailand
April Jingco- Korea
Palla Rukhsar- France
Elisabeth Yuodelis- Bonaire
Bailee Hiatt- Chile
Danicole Ramos- Spain
Victoria Ruiz- Morocco
26 countries, 37 cities, 33 programs
WELCOME
Seattle University Education Abroad
What do you want to achieve through this experience?
What is culture?
What do you know about your host country?
Who is the leader?
What is the Capital?
Name 1 National News source
What is the Currency?
We all have a lot to learn!
NAVIGATING
CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
Be curious.
Check Yourself.
Parker Tinsley- Japan
Megan Rodden- Ireland
IDENTITY
How will your intersectional identities be part of your experience Abroad?
SAFETY & RISK
Conditions that compromise safety:
Being new to the country
Traveling to new places and making new friends
Standing out in a crowd
Not knowing local cues/customs
Not having an established personal daily routine
Lack of local language skills
Being intoxicated
Being out late at night or after local curfew
Being alone at night in an isolated area
Sleeping in an unlocked place
Layne Ahlstrom- France
MANAGING RISK
LEARN
PREPARE
Keep copies of important documents
Carry emergency information
Register in STEP


Where to get help
911 equivalent
ASK LOCALS!



Is it safe to walk by alone at night?
Which taxis are trustworthy?
What are customs related to dress, behavior, dating, relationships, sex?

MINDFUL
BEHAVIOR
Be aware of surroundings
Don't carry/display large amounts of cash & valuables
Tell a trusted person where you're going
Travel with a friend
Moderate alcohol consumption
LEARNING
DANGER
COMFORT
ZONE
EMERGENCIES ABROAD
Host country 911 equivalent
Program Director/Host University
SU Public Safety 24/7 emergency line

(206) 296-5911

CONTACT:
REPORTING CRIME
Victims of assault may need:
medical attention
counseling services
help working with local authorities
Work with Program Director/Host University to access services
Be aware of whether discussion is confidential
U.S. State Department: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
http://step.state.gov/step/
Walz- Thailand
What should you DO?
Case study Scenarios
CASE 1
CASE 2
CASE 3
CASE 4
HEALTH ABROAD
Jordan McGinn- Ireland
PLAN AHEAD.
Health conditions that are under control at home may require more attention while abroad
For example: depression, eating disorders, allergies, asthma, eczema, psychological conditions, alcohol/drug abuse
Disclose needs BEFORE going abroad.
disability accommodations, dietary restrictions, counseling needs, etc.
Consult the CDC, WHO, U.S. DOS.
recommended/mandatory immunizations, vaccinations, or prophylaxis
Manage expectations.
be aware of limitations
Example: contraceptives, vitamins, aspirin
Research accessibility.
Sy Bean- Peru
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS
Checklist:
Full Program-length Supply
medication in original, labeled container
Copy of prescription (translated)
Name on Prescription matches name on passport
Prescription in Carry-on Bag
Consult DOS/International Embassy about controlled substances
Some habit-forming/narcotic drugs require an official doctor's note
Jennifer Fricas- Sweden
ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
a culture of drinking
What cultural significance does alcohol have in the US?
Situations/events where drinking is more acceptable in the US?
When/where is drinking less acceptable in the US?
What do you know to be different in your host country?
in host country?
in host country?
standard drink in US
12oz 10oz 8oz 5oz 1.5oz
1 or fewer drinks per hour
Tolerance can be setting-specific!
alcohol poisoning
Won't wake-up
Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
Breathing is slow or irregular
Vomiting (esp. while passed out
Joyce Keeley- tanzania
Sexual WellBeing
What makes intimate sexual relationships more complex abroad?
If you notice something that's off.... what might keep you from intervening?
1. A couple arguing loudly in public.
2. A classmate with sudden bruises
3. A professor putting their hands on shoulders, arms, etc. of a student
4. A drunk friend leaving a party or bar with someone they met that night
How do you anticipate this changing in your host country?
Bystander Intervention
unlimited options
DIRECT
Please stop that.
Are you OKAY?
You need to back off.
DELEGATE
Is your friend okay?
Will you check on...
Say something to
someone in charge
DISTRACT
Do you know how
to get to...?
I want to introduce you to....
Let's go get something to eat!
Screening, testing & Services on campus
What do you need to know after today?
Consider Medications
BEFORE LEAVING
WHILE ABROAD
Learn emergency resources early
Trust your instincts and do something!
You're there and we're still here
Health and Wellness Crew: HAWC@seattleu.edu; (206)220-8450; seattleu.edu/wellness
Questions?
Screening, testing & Services on campus
What do you need to know after today?
Create a plan & identify partners
BEFORE LEAVING
WHILE ABROAD
Learn emergency resources early
learn about alcohol in host country
You're there and we're still here
Health and Wellness Crew: HAWC@seattleu.edu; (206)220-8450; seattleu.edu/wellness
Questions?
Consider Medications
One or fewer drinks per hour
Trust your instincts & do something!
GETTING READY TO DEPART
Sweden
Checklist:
Call Bank
$$$ plan (debit, credit, cash)
Phone Plan (pay-as-you-go, WiFi, etc.)
gifts for host family/friends
budget
Passport is valid for 6 months after Return from Host country
Research!
Visa
utilize resources
(if applicable)
Copies of Important Documents!
Make wallet-size card with emergency info
(it's okay to geek-out)
SAMPLE PACKING LIST ON PG. 17 OF HANDBOOK
Meghan Dilg- JAPAN
Cole Peterson- Spain
COURSE REGISTRATION
CREDIT TRANSFER
COURSE CHANGES
Host Institution:
Seattle University:
Adhere to host procedures/deadlines
Don't wait until the last minute!
EAO registers in 12-credit "placeholder"
Take care of registration holds
Register for returning quarter @ registration time
BEFORE DEPARTURE:
AFTER DEPARTURE:
Complete additional Course Approval
Email new course(s) syllabus to EA Advisor
EducationAbroad@seattleu.edu
Transfer Credit:
Good Academic Standing:
Won't affect SU GPA
Courses will replace SU "placeholders"
Host transcripts sent to SU
Maintain full-time student status
Failure to transfer enough credits could threaten financial aid eligibility
Undergraduate Admissions
Seattle University
901 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(SU-Sponsored, Exchange, & Non-SU)
Accommodations
arrange BEFORE going abroad
Disclose needs early to Disability Services & EAO
Discuss possibilities with provider/host university
REFLECTIONS FROM RETURNEES
CLOSING DETAILS
Paperwork?
Housing
Vote! http://www.fvap.gov/ or http://www.usvotefoundation.org
Hawks Around the World
Global Ambassadors
"Imagining the World"
Re-Entry
SAFETI Adaptation of Peace Corps Resources "Personal Safety" module
alcohol poisoning
won't wake up
cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
breathing is slow or irregular
vomiting (esp. while passed out)
April Jingco- Korea
Olivia Mejia- France
Kirsti Ruud - Morocco
ICEBERG ANALOGY
The Invisible:
VALUES/NORMS/BELIEF SYSTEMS
The Visible: BEHAVIORS/ACTIONS
Ashley Hampton- China
BEING
AMERICAN
ABROAD
"Be prepared to be asked a lot of questions when people find out you are American....such as 'Did you vote for Trump' and 'Do you own a gun.'"

"If you are open and willing to engage in conversations about the current political environment in America and your beliefs and values, the barriers are usually broken down and people have been pretty accepting."

"I've experienced more culture shock from meeting other Americans than I have from meeting Europeans... I have encountered a lot of Americans who have very different values. I knew they existed, but I wasn't quite prepared to be surrounded by so many of them."

"I found satisfaction in being clear that I identify with something both greater and more personal than an election, and that being American is however you choose to exemplify it."
TravWell
What elements make up culture?
Cultural Immersion
Making the most of your time abroad
Intentional Conversations outside group
Learn phrases in host language
Cuisine
Laws
Norms
Cultural Values
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
HEALTH & SAFETY
Make 2 copies of important documents for travel and to keep in the U.S. with a trusted person:
Passport
Flight Information & Itinerary
Credit Cards (front and back)
Insurance Card
PrescriptioMake 2 copies of important documents for travel and to keep in the U.S. with a trusted person:
Passport
Flight Information & Itinerary
Credit Cards (front and back)
Insurance Card
Prescriptions
Complete the "Personal Crisis Management Plan"
Contact your bankns
Complete the "Personal Crisis Management Plan"
Contact your bank
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Conditions that contribute to risk:
Being new to the country
Being intoxicated
Being out after midnight or local curfew
Being alone at night in an isolated area
Being in a known high crime area
Sleeping in an unlocked place
Lack of local language skills
Traveling to new places and making new friends
Standing out in a crowd
Not knowing local cues/customs
Not having an established personal daily routine
Be Mindful
Unsafe places
Valuables
Copies of documents
Buddy system
Know how to get help
Know your address
HEALTH
Disclose needs
CDC/WHO
WATER & FOOD
Know limitations
Medications

FINAL ITEMS
On-line
Insurance
US Department of State
Photo Contest
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