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Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Kingston, Jamaica

Submitted by edwardsdee

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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?


Did you receive any cross-cultural training for your move abroad? If yes, was it before or after the move?

After. I'm learning as I go

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Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?


How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?


What, if any, were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock? These might include things such as anger, depression, anxiety, increased eating or drinking, frustration, homesickness, etc.

In Jamaica its really hard to find a good professional help such as, carpenter, plumber, electrian. Everyone one has been recomended highly only to be let down with them having to do the work not twice, but 3 and 4 times before it's correct. Even the Lawyer I dealt with when my grandmother died, was really extreamly SLOW in responding and not being pro active, now I'm having to deal with a Realtor, it's living the Lawyer issues all over again. It's taken me 5 years to realize it's a culture thing not the individuals.

What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?

The people in general are warm hearted and love their family

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

Not getting work done right the first time, and having to wait for things to be done right away.

Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?

Have patience.

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Aug 21, 2013 18:35

This is so true, at first I would get cross thinking that they are doing it because I'm from UK. You are right it's just their culture. It took me 18months to get my car papers sorted (log book). I am learning to chill lol

Nov 17, 2013 18:11

I strongly agree and when you want something to be done quickly you have to know " a little man" like seriously. I'm at the bank and almost had a mental break down. I had to set aside half a day just to collect some cheques and sign One peice of document.

Jun 3, 2014 08:42

try living in the woderful ole france and you will feel like a royale in jam...slow...france is the master, and they dont care, you get a lecture even when they are at fault. the list goes on. food great! landscape fantastic that it. people horrible rude humans...still love it but love jamaica more just for the human aspect and that the average person means well.

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