Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Moncton, Canada
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?
Moving to Canada soon?
If they speak another language in your new country, do you speak the language? If yes, did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad? If no, are you planning to learn the language?
Yes, both English and French
Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?
How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?
Massive, no course or additional information can prepare you for what is in store.
Expats often talk about going through the "stages of culture shock." Examples include the honeymoon phase, the irritation-to-anger stage, the rejection of the culture stage, and the cultural adjustment phase. Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture?
Yes, we went through all of them. And the weather is a massive shock as well. 2.5 meters of snow and -40 degree temperatures.
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.
Depressions, anxiety, frustration.
What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?
Nothing at all
What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?
The education system is a joke. Food is very expensive and very low quality Insurance and cell cost very high
Did you "commit" any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders? If you did and you'd like to share them, please do tell!
Yes, quite a few due to the English and French local language versions. They are nuts about their lawns being without weeds!!!!
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Think very, very hard and deep for why you are wanting to move to Canada. While Canada has the space the UK does not have, there are more disadvantages in living in Canada than in UK/Europe. If you want low quality, high prices, bad education system, narrow mind people and very bad environmental programs/awareness, then move to Canada. Have moved to Europe (France) and life and well being is so much better!!!! This is just one family of 4 persons experience of living and working in Canada, New Brunswick for two years. Yours may be different, but do not expect it to be a bed of roses. Good luck to what ever you do.
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