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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Alexandria, Egypt
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Prepare as much as possible, arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can. Be pliable and humble and prepared to accept people for who they are without expecting them to be who you want them to be. Accept that you will be sad and miss those you love but be grateful that you live in the electronic age where contact is easy. Be patient with yourself and your spouse. (Continue)
boudica replied most recently with:
I am also from South Africa and am moving to Alexandria in December ... this time to get marreid and stay :) I lived in Cairo for 6 months in 2009 and again for two months in 2010 and again this year for a month in January. To me there was really no 'culture' shock. I love the people and the country and the food is amazing! The Egyptians are by far the friendliest people to live amongst. Yes, of course it is different from SA but I found it very easy to live and work and play. It depends on YOU whether you will be happy or miserable.
A reader replied recently with:
very good advise....I hope to meet a lot of new friends in Egypt when I move to Alexandria.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Alexandria, Egypt
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What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?
Sense of safety. Kindness of Egyptians. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I agree totally, I am an expat living in Cairo..............after 11 yrs, ready to go back home, not only is it dirty, smelly, busy, noisy now it is no longer safe for any woman to travel or walk alone which means being so isolated. The people were once kind however since the revolution so many younger people have become so arrogant and distrustful of foreigners. Definitely time to move on...........
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I have been living and working in Alex for 7 months now. Yes, it is dirty and stinks to high heaven. I find it very hard to get used to that. What else can one expect in a city of 7 million people and virtually no rubbish collection? The thing that gets to me is the very 'ancient' way of thinking and doing. Middle ages comes to mind here. When i first arrived here I stayed with my fiance and his parents. Mother slept in the day and father at night so that there were always one of them watching us lol It is not easy getting used to the narrow mindedness. I survived though.
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Expat Report Review of International American School in Alexandria, Egypt was published
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
This school is a growing school and is rapidly becoming a model "American School" here in Egypt. The children here go on frequent trips. This year, each class took a city of Egypt to study and the classes will visit their city before the end of the year. They also go to Cairo each year to visit different places of interest in the Capital. There are fun trips too, such as trips to Africano and other local places of interest for children. They are currently forming after school interest clubs for next year. Over the summer months, the school will be adding a swimming pool and one of the PE instructors is the swim coach for the Sporting Club. (Continue)
melodymckinley commented on the Expat Report Living in Alexandria, Egypt
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
There is Alexandria American ladies group. It is unofficial social gathering for the American women’s who live in Alex. They meet once a month for coffee and planning events. The group is involved with the American center as well.

There is another group called Alexandria women association. They meet every Monday for coffee and they do mostly charity work around Alexandria and it is open for all expects not just Americans (Continue)

melodymckinley replied most recently with:
How can I find out what jobs are available, and what companies are hiring in Alex?
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