Expat Exchange Rental Properties

Living in Belize > Hopkins Village >

Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Hopkins, Belize

May 12, 2017


Belize

An expat in Hopkins, Belize describes in great detail about life there. Here cultural blunders, the food available there, and the pace of life and much more provide a nice glimpse of what it means to be an expat in Belize.

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

Hopkins

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

In college I majored in Cultural Anthropology, but the only countries I had visited at that time we're Canada and Mexico. In moving to Belize I hoped to move from being an "armchair" anthropologist to a real life anthropologist.

Expats in Belize may get a free expat health insurance quote from our partner Allianz Care, whose plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Allianz's flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Get a Quote

Expats in Belize may get a free expat health insurance quote from our partner Allianz Care, a leader in international insurance for expatriates. Allianz's plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Their flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget..

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?

In Hopkins, Belize you commonly hear English as well as Garifuna and Spanish. I had taken Spanish classes in College, but my understanding is still very limited. Since most people here do speak English though, it makes it less of a priority to learn either of the two languages.

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

I was more intrigued than worried. For a long time I have wanted immerse myself in another culture rather than simply visit and then return to the US.

Moving to Belize?

Get FREE quotes from up to 6 international movers from The Relocator. Save up to 50% on your move to Belize! 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 such a friendly people, the Beleazians are easy to be around. I immediately had to adjust to the easy going attitude toward time. The day is as long as it is light, so there is generally no hurry. For example, if someone is going to meet me, he may say "mid day" rather than two or three o'clock. If he's late, "no worries," he'll get there eventually, even if it isn't until the next day.

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?

Again, the friendliness and warmth of the people in general made the transition easier. In the beginning I was frustrated with the lack of interest in meeting specific dates or times, but now I'm accepting that life is slower and at times I enjoy the relaxed attitude. No worries! How does worrying change anything anyway?

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've learned to accept the culture and pace here and even enjoy it. Around noon, for example, many businesses, banks and government offices close for a "siesta" time. Keeping this in mind, I have learned to shop or do business in the morning or afternoon. Oftentimes I take a siesta too!

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

I appreciate being reminded that it's important to live as stress free as possible, and this includes appreciating the pace of the culture and not expecting North American precisene.

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

Remembering not to be in a hurry! The day is plenty long and there is always tomorrow.

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

Many! In a nice, small outdoor cafe I was served a traditional Garifuna dish called hudut. A whole fish lay in a bowl of delicious broth and on a plate was a mound of mashed plantain. I had no idea what to do with the plantain, so I asked the waitress. With a bashful giggle she told me to dip it in the soup. Additionally, a napkin was put on the table with a smooth rounded brown rock. I asked what this was, thinking it was also something to eat! Even the cook laughed and said, "it's a rock so the napkin won't blow away!"

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

When you move to another country, or even just visit, don't frustrated yourself by demanding or expecting behavior you are familiar with. Recognize differences and adjust. Too often I hear tourists or expats complaining that the people are not like them!

Allianz Care Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote

Allianz Care Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote


 

Hopkins Village, BelizeGuide to Living in Hopkins Village, Belize
Hopkins Village, Belize: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Hopkins Village

Belize Forum Belize Forum
Join our Belize forum to meet other people living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

Contribute to Belize Network Contribute
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Hopkins Village.

Healthcare in Hopkins Village, BelizeHealthcare in Hopkins Village, Belize

Expats and global nomads in Hopkins Village share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Belize, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.

Moving to Hopkins Village, BelizeMoving to Hopkins Village, Belize

Expats offer advice about everything you need to know before moving to Hopkins Village: what to bring (and what to leave behind), how to find housing and more.

Pros and Cons of Living in Hopkins Village, BelizePros and Cons of Living in Hopkins Village, Belize

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

Real Estate Hopkins VillageHomes for Sale & Apartments for Rent in Hopkins Village

Real estate listings in Hopkins Village.

Cost of Living in Hopkins VillageCost of Living in Hopkins Village

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

Retiring in Hopkins VillageRetiring in Hopkins Village

Retiring in Hopkins Village, Belize.

Hopkins Village, BelizeExpats Talk about Living in Hopkins Village

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

Expat Healthcare & Health InsuranceExpat Report: Healthcare in Hopkins Village

An expat in Hopkins Village, Belize talks about the high cost of medical insurance, traveling to Dangriga or Belize City for medical care, helpful pharmacists in Hopkins Village and more.

Retiring in Hopkins VillageExpat Report: Retiring in Hopkins Village

An expat in Hopkins Village, Belize talks about deciding to retire part time in Belize. He and his wife enjoy teaching local kids how to play baseball, attending a church and meeting other expats in their neighborhood.

Culture Shock in Hopkins VillageExpat Report: Culture Shock in Hopkins Village

An expat in Hopkins, Belize describes in great detail about life there. Here cultural blunders, the food available there, and the pace of life and much more provide a nice glimpse of what it means to be an expat in Belize.

Allianz Care Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote

Pros-and-Cons-of-Living-in-BelizePros and Cons of Living in Belize

Anyone thinking about moving to Belize should carefully consider the pros and cons of expat life in Belize. The article includes insight from expats about the cons (crime, limited healthcare, poor road conditions and more) and the pros (beautiful beaches, friendly people, low cost of living and more).

Expats-Talk-About-The-Biggest-Challenges-They-Face-Living-in-Latin-AmericaExpats Talk About The Biggest Challenges They Face Living in Latin America

Expats talk about some of the biggest challenges they've faced living in Latin America. Whether you're moving to Panama City or Punta del Este, this article is a must read to help you prepare (hint: you'll be much happier if you learn the language) and adjust your expectations (realities: the roads are rough, the pace of life is slower and bureaucracy is unavoidable). Despite all of the challenges, the list of what expats like about life in Latin America far exceeds the challenges.

Allianz Care Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote

Hopkins Village, BelizeGuide to Living in Hopkins Village, Belize

Hopkins Village, Belize: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Hopkins Village

Belize Forum Belize Forum
Meet other people living in Hopkins Village.

Healthcare in Hopkins Village, BelizeHealthcare in Hopkins Village, Belize

Expats and global nomads in Hopkins Village share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Belize, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.

Moving to Hopkins Village, BelizeMoving to Hopkins Village, Belize

Expats offer advice about everything you need to know before moving to Hopkins Village: what to bring (and what to leave behind), how to find housing and more.

Pros and Cons of Living in Hopkins Village, BelizePros and Cons of Living in Hopkins Village, Belize

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

Real Estate Hopkins VillageHomes for Sale & Apartments for Rent in Hopkins Village

Real estate listings in Hopkins Village.

Cost of Living in Hopkins VillageCost of Living in Hopkins Village

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Hopkins Village, Belize.

Retiring in Hopkins VillageRetiring in Hopkins Village

Retiring in Hopkins Village, Belize.

Hopkins Village, BelizeExpats Talk about Living in Hopkins Village

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

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

Expat Healthcare & Health InsuranceExpat Report: Healthcare in Hopkins Village

An expat in Hopkins Village, Belize talks about the high cost of medical insurance, traveling to Dangriga or Belize City for medical care, helpful pharmacists in Hopkins Village and more.

Retiring in Hopkins VillageExpat Report: Retiring in Hopkins Village

An expat in Hopkins Village, Belize talks about deciding to retire part time in Belize. He and his wife enjoy teaching local kids how to play baseball, attending a church and meeting other expats in their neighborhood.

Culture Shock in Hopkins VillageExpat Report: Culture Shock in Hopkins Village

An expat in Hopkins, Belize describes in great detail about life there. Here cultural blunders, the food available there, and the pace of life and much more provide a nice glimpse of what it means to be an expat in Belize.

Copyright 1997-2021 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal