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Title: Rotary Youth Exchange


1
Rotary Youth ExchangeWhy Culture Matters
  • Jeanette M. Fregulia, Ph.D

2
Introductory Remarks
  • Acknowledgements
  • A little about me
  • How I got here
  • Where are we going?

3
Culture Is
  • Universal, Cultural (todays focus), and Personal
  • Values, manners, language, ways of living
  • The total way of life of a people
  • Located in the hearts and minds of people

4
The Culture Iceberg
  • Most of culture is hidden
  • Dont be like the Titanic and speed up when you
    should slow down!
  • Consider
  • What is hidden v. what is visible?
  • What divides us v. what unites us?

5
Types of Culture
  • High Context
  • High use of non-verbal elements
  • Learning occurs by observation
  • Groups preferred
  • Low Context
  • Low use of non-verbal cues
  • Learning occurs by following explicit
    instructions
  • Groups are not preferred

6
Adjusting to a New Culture
  • Surprise
  • Stress
  • Irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Shock

7
Adjusting to a New Culture
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8
Help for Culture ShockBefore It Is Too Late
  • Symptoms include
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Eating too much/too little
  • Obsessive/compulsive behavior
  • Hypochondria
  • Overreacting
  • Loss of perspective
  • Other

9
Help for Culture ShockCoping
  • Some discomfort is normal
  • If there is no discomfort, the student is not
    trying to adjust
  • Learn as much as possible about language and
    culture before leaving home

10
Help for Culture ShockCoping
  • Accept, adapt and smile!
  • Seek help from local resources

11
Help for Culture ShockOther
  • Most clashes are temporary
  • Its not strange, its just different
  • Do not condemn
  • If exchange were easy, not the experience we left
    home to seek

12
Getting On
  • Smile
  • Be polite, humble, helpful, and gracious
  • Its your exchange

13
Getting OnDont
  • Expect English
  • Complain
  • Leave home with preconceived ideas
  • Disobey the rules
  • Call your parents (or maybe just not everyday!)
  • Forget to have fun

14
Useful Skills
  • Language (did I mention this already?)
  • Flexibility
  • Open-mindedness
  • Observation
  • You mean I have to eat that?
  • Time and Space
  • A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins, he always
    arrives precisely when he means to
  • -Gandalf

15
A Word on Civility
  • Be ready to accept different values
  • Be generous with your smiles, your charm and your
    sincerity
  • Be hospitable in most places this matters
  • Remember the children
  • Remember holidays
  • Be helpful

16
Consider
  • What are you most looking forward to?
  • What worries you most?
  • What will you miss most?
  • What will you miss least?
  • What will your greatest challenge be?
  • What do you want to think/feel the day you return
    home?

17
Ten Tips
  • Know your destination
  • Learn some language
  • Understand that culture matters
  • Dont ignore practical matters
  • Find a local mentor

18
Ten Tips
  • Stay curious
  • Watch for culture shock
  • Keep a journal
  • Think before your speak
  • Embrace the different, the unusual, and even the
    uncomfortable

19
Can I help?
  • Jeanette M. Fregulia
  • jfregulia_at_carroll.edu
  • jmfregulia_mt_at_q.com
  • 406.447.4951 (w)
  • 406.449.2679 (h)

20
Thank youQuestions?
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