Here is a particularly insightful Expat Culture Shock Report from Nassau in the Bahamas:
How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?
Not significant enough to scare me away but just surprised at the lack of standardization, insfrastructure and expertise considering the proximity to the USA.
Expats often talk about going through the “stages of culture shock.” Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture?
Irritation to Anger was a big stage experienced primarily with the level of customer service and service in general on the island.
What, if any, were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock?
A bit of lonliness and homesickness for sure. Maybe a bit of depression during the “rainy” months.
What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?
Friendliness of the people in my office – I am the only expat. Ability to be happy despite not having much. Their religious faith is strong.
What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?
Work ethic is lacking. Ability to understand their responsibility for their own betterment. Tendency to take a laid-back approach to everything.
Now, when I say it is insightful, I mean that the author’s frustration highlights the difficulty for expats in adjusting to a culture that has critical differences when compared their own. Click through and read the entire report. The final questions/answer is particularly interesting, as it is almost a request to the people in her host culture. Interesting.
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