Archives for September 2011

The Seasons of Culture Shock

Today we woke up to the first really dark, wet, gray, cool morning in Portland in a while. Days like this don't stop me and my friends from exercising outside. We're native Oregonians and we know how to layer our fleece and waterproof shells to stay ... Read More

Cultural Introductions: “Where in the world are my new classmates or co-workers from?”

I love interactive training exercises and am constantly looking for new, engaging ways to bring concepts to life in the classroom and get students up and moving and learning from each other. I've been fortunate to have opportunities to learn from ... Read More

“Welcome to the U.S. Here’s your desk…” Part 2

A few weeks ago I wrote about the way that many new employees are greeted in U.S. workplaces, with a friendly "welcome," a brief tour of their new workspace, and a request from their boss or colleague to "let me know if you need anything else." I ... Read More

The first day…

...of school, or work, or life in a new home, a new city, a new country. Excitement, anticipation, confidence, anxiety, happiness or dread. A jumble of emotions and a head full of questions. "Will my teachers (or boss or new colleagues or ... Read More