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Culture Shock presentation AIESEC 01/08/13

Presentation by Judith Enders and Rafael Lima of AIESEC on 01.08.2013 at UCEMA, Buenos Aires
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Transcript of Culture Shock presentation AIESEC 01/08/13

The long journey to
mastering it

Culture shock
Tell us what you think!
Step 1: Honeymoon phase
Step 2: Negotiation phase
Step 3: Adjustment phase
Step 4: Mastery phase
Phases
In my Experience...
How to make recovery easier
Honeymoon Phase
Negotiation Phase

Adjustment

Mastery

"Culture Shock"
1.) Cultural Relativism

No culture is right
or wrong!
Homesickness
Everything at home is perceived as "better" and "perfect"
Get extremely frustrated and want to complain
Judith Enders

Rafael Lima
Who are we?
Feel excited and positive
Find the new culture exotic
Period full of observations and new discoveries
Find the behavior of the people unusual
Feel anxious as differences become more apparent
Start to withdrawal
Unpleasant feelings of frustration
Start to understand and accept the behavior of the people with a positive attitude
Usually need to sleep more
You become accustomed and develop a routine
Begin to enjoy the culture
Adopt certain behaviors from the new culture
Feel comfortable
3.) Work on yourself!

Try not to lose your temper
Reserve your judgement
Keep your sense of humor
What is culture shock?
Have you ever experienced it?
2.) Get prepared!

Learn the language
Socialize
Learn about food, customs, music etc.
What has worked for me
Making new friends
Talking to close friends
Trying to be positive
Conclusion
Culture shock is inevitable. Acceptance is the first step.
Be open, respectful and try to learn
Be patient
Deal with stress
Ask for help
Don't forget about re-entry shock!
Any questions
Thank you!
"You can't go home again"
"It's like wearing contact lenses in the wrong eyes.
Everything feels almost right."
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