Expat Exchange Rental Properties

Living in Egypt > Alexandria >

Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Alexandria, Egypt

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

Alexandria

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

Yes. My principal talked to us about the differences we would encounter, as this was a first overseas post for most of us.

Expats living in Egypt interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA. Get a Quote

Expats living in Egypt interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA.

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?

I knew none of the language before I arrived. I found taxi words and food words to be the most helpful (stop here, wait for me, straight ahead, left, right, milk, no meat, etc.)

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

I wasn't worried, but the smell scared me when I first landed.

Moving to Egypt?

Get FREE quotes from up to 6 international movers from The Relocator. Save up to 50% on your move to Egypt! The Relocator offers an easy and free service to receive quotes from renowned and certified movers worldwide. They only work with qualified moving companies. Over 500 movers worldwide have already joined their service to help you get the best price and service for your international move. Get your moving quotes.

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

Being my first time abroad, I didn't know what to expect. I was lonely for home, but I don't feel that I experienced severe culture shock. It was a bit more difficult as a single woman. I got a lot of attention from the men, and goosed by some boys on the subway (ladies... DON'T take the subway!)

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?

I guess I did a bit. Keeping a sense of humor helps a great deal.

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.

I did find myself getting irritated/frustrated with things when they didn't work properly or the taxi driver seemed to not be able to find one of the most popular spots in town.

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

Sense of safety. Kindness of Egyptians.

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

Very dirty, smelly, busy, noisy place. Nothing is the way you would expect it to be, and it's difficult to get many things done.

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote


 

Alexandria, EgyptGuide to Living in Alexandria, Egypt
Alexandria, Egypt: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Alexandria

Egypt Forum Egypt Forum
Join our Egypt forum to meet other people living in Alexandria, Egypt.

Contribute to Egypt Network Contribute
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Alexandria.

Healthcare in EgyptHealthcare in Egypt

Information about healthcare and hospitals in Egypt.

Retiring in AlexandriaRetiring in Alexandria

Retiring in Alexandria, Egypt.

Alexandria, EgyptExpats Talk about Living in Alexandria

Expats talk about what it's like living in Alexandria, Egypt: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What Newcomers to Alexandria Should Know

Living in AlexandriaExpat Report: Living in Alexandria

An expat in Alexandria, Egypt talks about living in a Muslim country, job opportunities for expats, the importance of family in Egypt and more.

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

Alexandria, EgyptGuide to Living in Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria, Egypt: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Alexandria

Egypt Forum Egypt Forum
Meet other people living in Alexandria.

Healthcare in EgyptHealthcare in Egypt

Information about healthcare and hospitals in Egypt.

Retiring in AlexandriaRetiring in Alexandria

Retiring in Alexandria, Egypt.

Alexandria, EgyptExpats Talk about Living in Alexandria

Expats talk about what it's like living in Alexandria, Egypt: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What Newcomers to Alexandria Should Know

ContributeContribute
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Alexandria.

Living in AlexandriaExpat Report: Living in Alexandria

An expat in Alexandria, Egypt talks about living in a Muslim country, job opportunities for expats, the importance of family in Egypt and more.

Copyright 1997-2021 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal