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Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Kemer, Turkey

Apr 23, 2014

Kemer, Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea

An expat living in beautiful Kemer, Turkey advised others moving to turkey to take things easy and don't expect things to be the same as back in your own country. He also advised that If you are prepared to help people, they in turn usually will help you.

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?


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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 only speak a little Turkish, which I learn after arriving in Turkey

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


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

None really

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 I would say it was the honeymoon phase. The area of Kemer where I lived is classed as the Turkish Riviera due to its beautiful scenery. it was a real pleasure living there.

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.

As an expat who by then had worked in a variety of countries in the Middle East I had no problems re culture shock.

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

Friendliness and hospitality

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

Trying to learn the language

Did you "commit" any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders? If you did and you'd like to share them, please do tell!

None that I know of

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

Take things easy and don't expect things to be the same as back in your own country. If you are prepared to help people, they in turn usually will help you. Don't expect people to speak your language, after all you are in there country.

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