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Boston: City of Firsts

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, October 17, 2013

Boston is an old city with a lot of culture and history. While we may not be the oldest city in the United States or even the world, many things were established for the first time right here! Bostonian tour guides are always eager to tell you all about the city’s history and how it’s a “city of firsts.” Although some guides may be a little overzealous and make outrageous claims about the things that were invented in Boston.

So if you’re unsure about whether or not your tour guide was telling the truth, here is a list of “firsts” from the city of Boston:

  1. 1634: Boston Common becomes the first public park in America
  2. 1635: Boston Latin School is established as the first public secondary school. It is still operating.
  3. 1672: The first U.S. mail route is opened between Boston and New York.
  4. 1780: The first State Constitution is created.
  5. 1829: The first school for the blind is established as Perkins Institute.
  6. 1837: Samuel Morse invents the electric telegraph based on Morse Code, a simple pattern of dots and dashes.
  7. 1848: The Boston Public Library becomes the first publicly supported free municipal library in the world.
  8. 1896: Fannie Farmer publishes “The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book” – the first cookbook in America. Her cookbook provides scientific explanations of the chemical processes that occur in food during cooking and also helps to standardize the system of measurements.
  9.  1897: The Boston subway opens as the first underground metro in North America. Today it is affectionately known as the "T” and is run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
  10.  1897: The first Boston Marathon is run.

For more fun facts about the “firsts” established here in Boston, check out the full list at City of Boston

source: City of Boston

Fall Foliage and Activities

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, October 03, 2013

It's Fall, which means that the leaves are beginning to turn! Soon Boston and the surrounding suburbs will be covered in red, yellow, and orange! If you would like to track the turning of the leaves or plan a drive, click here.  In addition to the beautiful scenery, there are so many different options for Fall activities! Apple picking and pumpkin picking are some of the most popular options for this time of year.

What are some of your favorite seasonal activities? We want to know!

Although driving out into the suburbs guarantees beautiful Fall scenery, there are a few places right in the heart of Boston that are just as lovely! For visitors and residents that do not have access to a car or just prefer to stick close to home, we have provided a list of places of our top picks within the city where you can find some wonderful Fall foliage.

  1. Boston Common and the Public Gardens
  2. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the South End
  3. The Rose Kennedy Greenway
  4. The Esplanade
  5. Back Bay Fens
  6. Arnold Arboretum

For visitors that are interested in apple picking and pumpkin picking, Massachusetts has many wonderful orchards and farms to choose from! Many of them, however, do require the use of a car. For a list of apple orchards in the area, look here. You can also find a list of farms that offer pumpkin picking here

Take advantage of the beautiful New England scenery to enjoy the changing seasons and Fall activities! 

Source: Boston Discovery Guide

Managing Expectations

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, September 20, 2013

Before travelling, there are always expectations about accommodations and experiences while abroad. If it is a traveler’s first time in a different country, he or she may believe that the customs and standard of living is the same as his or her home country. Many things influence a person’s expectations, such as stereotypes, and it can be a rather rude awakening when visitors realize what they imagined does not match the reality. 
Have you ever visited the United States? What were some expectations you had? We want to know!

To help our visitors settle in well at their homestays, our team does its very best to dispel any unrealistic expectations that they may have when they arrive. Most often this occurs during our homestay orientation, where we talk about what homestay is all about and other important information. For example, we do our best to tell each and every student who comes to the United States in our group programs that anything they have seen in movies about America is generally not true. We do not all live in large, fancy homes, especially in areas like Boston! Our city is a pretty tightly packed area and most of our housing is rather cozy. What someone will find most often are houses that hold two or even three families, stacked up on top of each other! 

We also talk about how to deal with expectations about host families. Our network is comprised of so many different people—they don’t fit in the same mould! When visitors come to the United States, they probably have an image of stereotypical Americans: blonde hair, blue eyes, and pale skin. There may be some differences in what each visitor expects, but we find that this is the most common expectation. The Global Immersions team does its best to reinforce the fact that very many Americans don’t look like this at all! We have hosts who have emigrated from their home country to make a living in the United States and we have hosts from various ethnic and racial backgrounds. A part of what makes our country great is the diversity in our towns and cities. You won’t meet two people exactly alike! When we talk to our visitors we always stress that while something may be different, different isn’t always bad. It’s just different. The important part is to keep an open mind.
That is the key to overcoming dashed expectations: keeping an open mind. If a visitor is too caught up in disappointment, he or she will miss out on having a great adventure. Meeting each new situation with easy grace allows a person to learn more and experience new things. So while visitors may find that all the stereotypes about Americans aren’t necessarily true and that interpreting daily social interactions may be difficult at times (curse those “Americanisms”!), if they keep an open mind the experience they will have may change their outlook on travelling and other cultures. It’s a learning experience!
A good resource for managing your expectations can be found here. Even if you’re not thinking of volunteering abroad, many of i-to-i’s points help when preparing to travel!    

Interpreting "Americanisms"

Global Immersions Recruiting - Monday, September 09, 2013

Americans love it when people are polite. We expect it whenever we go shopping, dine in a restaurant, or have conversations with others. Foreigners may find that Americans can be a little too polite and, as a result, seem insincere or shallow. This chart about British politeness has been floating around the web for the past week and many find its accuracy rather amusing. When it comes to interpreting our every day interactions, visitors claim that we behave in much of the same way. 

For example, many people not native to the United States have commonly misinterpreted the intent behind an invitation to get coffee or share a meal. When someone says “Oh, we should definitely grab dinner together sometime!” or “We should have a coffee sometime soon,” they may just be being polite. A visitor may interpret this as a sincere invitation to get together in the future—and many times it can be!—but usually someone is just being polite. Americans don’t like to seem as if we are pushing you aside; we say these things to let you know that we’re thinking of you and that you’re someone we would like to see in the future. Eventually. If a new acquaintance says this to a person they met just five minutes ago, they may suggest this to show that they would like to be friends, but they probably don’t expect to see this person again. 

People may also suggest this even if they have no intention of ever seeing another person again. They may not even like them! But this form of politeness has been ingrained into our everyday society that you’ll say these things to people because it’s expected—even if the idea of getting dinner with a particular person is the last thing you ever want to do. It’s a confusing and often frustrating procedure, especially to someone who isn’t familiar with interpreting "Americanisms." 

Another example of a common Americanism is when an American asks “How are you?” When we ask you this, it could be sincere or it could be insincere. Usually when a person asks someone how they are, they’re just expecting a short answer. A “fine” or an “okay” is the answer an American usually expects from whomever they’re talking to; they do not, however, expect a full list of what their conversation partner is feeling or thinking. In fact, if you answer in this way, the person you’re talking to may give you a strange look. If you say that you are terrible or not feeling well, then your American friend may ask you to elaborate. If they rather not hear why you’re feeling awful, then they will probably just settle for a “that’s too bad” or something of the sort. In essence, “How are you?” is simply another way of greeting another person. Usually people say it to others when they’re in a hurry and cannot stop to talk, but want to be polite and acknowledge someone as they rush by. 

Many times visitors will see our culture as rather insincere. We say things we really don’t mean for reasons that may not be entirely obvious. However this came to be, visitors need to keep in mind that it is all a matter of cultural understanding. It takes a while to understand the subtleties that make up a society and, while it may be frustrating in the beginning, you will eventually be able to fully understand the true messages an American is trying to convey. Remember: we try to soften everything with a bit of politeness. The goal is not to offend anyone! 

A great resource for understanding American culture can actually be found on Youtube. Dan Fishel, an international student at Columbia Business School, breaks down various aspects of culture shock in the United States. This particular video deals with American phrases and what they actually mean. Check it out! 

Have you ever misinterpreted something an American friend said? What happened? We want to know!  

Common American Stereotypes

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, August 30, 2013

Stereotypes exist all around the world. Typically stereotypes are negative and exaggerate a quality that people may find disagreeable. When you hear a stereotype about a country or a group of people, they are very rarely true. For example, not every American subsists solely on fast food! While there are some who may eat at McDonald’s multiple times throughout the day, rarely will you encounter an American who only eats burgers and french fries for every meal. This is a stereotype—a simplified and standardized conception of a group of people.

Have you ever encountered any stereotypes of your country? What did you think about them? We want to know!

Typical American Stereotypes

Americans are fat and lazy.

This is completely untrue! While you can find many lazy individuals all around the country, you can also find just as many hard-working people! Yes, the U.S. is known for its obesity rate (a sad 35% of American adults), but a study in 2012 showed that there are actually five countries ahead of us in that area.

Americans are stupid.

Some Americans can be, yes, but not any more than other people around the world. There are so many bright and intelligent people in the U.S., just the same as any other country. Our media may not portray American culture in the best and most intelligent light, but that’s not to say that a visitor runs into people who can barely count to ten on a daily basis.

Americans are selfish and arrogant.

Alright, I can see why some people might consider this true. Honestly, you can find some of the nicest, most generous people in our country. While people in certain areas (like here in Boston) might seem cold and aloof, they can be very welcoming and helpful once you get to know them. In the South, generally people are friendly and open, even to perfect strangers! Like any society, we have nice people and some not so nice people. It’s unfortunate if you run into a nasty person, but chances are you’ll run into someone who is a total sweetheart!

Americans are violent.

Granted, our gun laws may not meet the world’s expectations and, sure, news broadcasts are always showing examples of gun violence. That does not mean, however, that every American is out to cause harm to others. Many people own guns, many don’t. In fact, there is a call for stronger gun laws to stop gun violence and create safer environments in American communities. Most of the people a visitor meets here in the U.S. are just doing their best to create a good life for themselves—without the use of a gun or any sort of violence whatsoever.

Americans are rude.

            This one plays into the selfish and arrogant stereotype, but a person can be rude without being arrogant/selfish, right? Okay, Americans can be loud. We can be high maintenance (ask anyone who works in customer service!) and we can get a little annoying. This doesn’t mean that we intentionally set out to be completely rude and ignorant—sometimes we can just get a little carried away! Many people you’ll meet here in Boston and other cities around the country are actually pretty polite. Sometimes it’s all about how a person interprets politeness—what one culture considers impolite, another may think nothing of. It’s not being rude, it’s just being different.

There are many ways to avoid believing stereotypes. The first is to simply spend time in the cultures steeped in these sorts of assumptions and learn all you can about them. Nothing can cure (or reinforce, sometimes unfortunately) these assumptions better than living amongst the people who are the victims of them. Another way is to simply educate yourself about these cultures. It isn’t cheap to travel, as any member of the Global Immersions team will tell you, but you can do your research! Talk to people who have travelled, ask them about their experiences! Chances are, they can go a long way in teaching you the truth about Americans or any other culture out there! 

This article on Psychology Today is a great resource for separating cultural stereotypes from national character. It could shed some light in better understanding the truth of American and many other stereotypes around the world.  

Sources: K104.7 FM

Boston: City of Culture

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, August 22, 2013

Boston is a very lively city, with many lively residents from all walks of life! There are so many different people from all over the world who call our lovely city home. While we do take great pride in our home town, we also give tribute to our roots through various different cultural festivals. At any given time throughout the year, visitors and residents can find many cultural activities in various neighborhoods in the Greater Boston Area. 

Here are just a few examples!

St. Anthony’s Feast 

Each year the people of the North End invite you to celebrate with them as they honor their patrons at the St. Anthony's Feast with colorful parades, religious services, strolling singers, live entertainment and of course an abundance of great Italian and American food.

Begun in 1919, by Italian immigrants from the small town of Montefalcione in Avellino, Saint Anthony’s Feast has become the largest Italian Religious Festival in New England. Named the “Feast of all Feasts” by National Geographic Magazine, this authentic Italian street festival has it all for people of every age: parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, contests and religious services are held daily.

The highlight of the Feast is the ten hour procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony through the streets of the North End accompanied by devotees, numerous marching bands and floats. The Statue of the Saint returns to his chapel as confetti and streamers cascade from the rooftops.

Cambridge Carnival International 

Cambridge Carnival is a colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions. This free festival, embarking on its 21st year, is considered a Cambridge Institution, and is the largest festival in Cambridge, with thousands of attendees. The highlight of the festival is a grand costume parade accompanied by rich rhythmic musicality promoting all types of cultures. Participants can be seen as revelers masquerading through the streets in dazzling handmade costumes, dancing to the beat of the Carnival. The festival is also an opportunity to celebrate Cambridge’s diversity, enjoy international foods, and purchase multicultural crafts from around the world!

What is Carnival? Carnival is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life.

August Moon Festival 

The August Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most celebrated Chinese holidays. It is held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month and Chinese families celebrate the end of the harvest season with a big feast. People go to Chinatown to enjoy mooncakes, which are round pastries filled with lotus seed past. There are dragon and lion dances, whose origins also date back to ancient China.

Here in Boston it’s a big celebration. There is always lots of food and performances—everyone has a lot of fun! In addition to lion dances, there are also Chinese opera performances, martial arts, Chinese dough art, and Chinese folk dancing. If you head into town early, you can enjoy some yummy dim sum before the festival! 

These are only a couple of the cultural events that visitors can find in Boston. The city offers an array of different cultural events daily - you just have to explore! Check out their City of Boston calendar listing for festivals and cultural events around the city.  Have you been to any cultural festivals in Boston? What did you think?

Sources: Wikipedia

Boston Rated #3 for Best Pizza

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, August 15, 2013

Do you like pizza? Americans go crazy for it! As any traveler knows, pizza is an American staple for lunch or dinner. With our love for the Italian dish, it comes as no surprise that there here are so many pizzerias throughout the country to choose from. But how do you know where to go? Where can you get some of the best pizza in the U.S.? Well, according to TripAdvisor, Boston is in the top 10! We rank #3 for the best pizza in the country. Some may find it rather surprising that our little town beat out New York and even Chicago for this coveted spot, but any Bostonian would tell you that this is only natural! 

What do you think of the pizza here in Boston? Are there any pizzerias you think are the best? We want to know!

Although TripAdvisor may say that we have some of the best pizza in the country, it doesn’t tell you where to go! Now while everyone’s tastes in pizza are completely subjective—everyone likes different things!—the Global Immersions team has compiled a list of some of the best pizza joints in the city based on personal experience and, well, the experience of people on the Internet.
So top ten pizza places in Boston:

You may notice that most of these pizzerias are located in the North End! Many Bostonians know that this is the best place to go if you are in the mood for a slice of pizza or three. It’s known as the city’s “Little Italy” and is a great neighborhood to find delicious Italian food and pastries. You may also notice that quite a few of these pizzerias were mentioned in our last blog post about the North End. While many of the best pizzerias in town can be found in this neighborhood that is not to say that you can’t find great pizza elsewhere! For example, Santarpio’s Pizza is located in East Boston, close to Logan International Airport.

No matter where you are in Boston, chances are there are great options for pizza in the area! Check out local pizzerias and find your favorites!

Explore Boston: East Boston

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, August 01, 2013

East Boston is our next spotlight in our Explore Boston series! While many just think of East Boston as the neighborhood closely connected to Boston’s international airport, it is actually a thriving cultural community. Large numbers of Italian and Latin American residents ensure that there is always a plethora of outstanding restaurants and interactive cultural festivities! Below are only a few examples of what the neighborhood has to offer to all visitors and families. 

Do you live in the area? Have you visited? If so, what are some of you favorite things to do in East Boston? We want to know

East Boston is has 40,000 residents and was created by connecting several islands using landfill, which was annexed by Boston in 1836. It is separated from the city proper by Boston Harbor and bordered by Winthrop, Revere, and the Chelsea Creek. Directly west of East Boston across Boston Harbor is the North End and Boston's Financial District. The neighborhood has long provided a foothold for the latest immigrants with Irish, Italians, and Latin Americans alternating as the predominant group. In recent years, East Boston has become home to a wave of young professionals in newly renovated condominiums along Jeffries Point, Maverick Square, and the Eagle Hill waterfront. The neighborhood is easily accessible to downtown Boston via the MBTA Blue Line.

Santarpio’s Pizza

Santarpio's Pizza is a well-known restaurant in the neighborhood of East Boston. Established in 1903 as a bakery, Frank Santarpio began selling pizza three decades later. A landmark to locals and a destination for visitors, the eatery is primarily known for its New York-style pizza, which it has served at its Chelsea Street location since 1933. One Boston Globe reporter said of the establishment that "the average New Englander's only knowledge of East Boston is the sign for Santarpio's Pizza that can be seen from the highway on the way to the airport.”

Piers Park 

Piers Park is located on the west side of East Boston overlooking Boston Harbor and downtown Boston. Designed by Pressley Associates Landscape Architects of Cambridge, the 6.5-acre park was conceived to reclaim a former pier to allow the neighborhood direct access to its waterfront. The park consists of multiple trails paved in brick and granite from the pier's original 1870 seawalls, native salt-tolerant New England plants, more than thirty-two tree varieties, seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, and a 600-foot meandering brick pedestrian promenade with four smaller shade pavilions. One of the pavilions is dedicated to Donald McKay. The park also has an amphitheater and a community boating program, Piers Park Sailing Center.

Constitution Beach 

This is one of Boston's more popular public beaches located in the Orient Heights section of the community. It is known to locals as "Shay's Beach." Constitution Beach is one of Boston's most family-friendly waterfront destinations. Thanks to the Department of Conservation and Recreation and TBHA’s advocacy for the Back to the Beaches program, visitors can enjoy a new bathhouse, large playground, picnic area, tennis and handball courts, shade shelters, and foot showers. An award winning pedestrian overpass across the MBTA tracks connects the local community to the redesigned beach and park, and creates a welcoming gateway. Constitution Beach is also one of the City's best locations for swimming, with lifeguards on duty during the summer season.

Shopping for Food Around the World

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, July 18, 2013

Everyone loves food. All around the world there are millions of places to buy and sell food; it is a culture in and of itself! Here in the United States we are accustomed to a certain way of shopping for food. We walk into a grocery store, meander through the aisles, pick up what we need, and then check it out at the front of the store. Sure, there are numerous different options for our food shopping such as farmer’s markets and the like, but for the most part our system follows this order. As anyone who has traveled abroad for any length of time knows, not all shopping systems match what we find here at home. In fact, some are completely different!

Do you have any experience grocery shopping abroad? Tell us about it!

Tsukiji Fish Market – Tokyo, Japan

Japan is known for its seafood—sushi, anyone? But Tokyo takes shopping for fish and turns it into an experience people cannot forget.  The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, commonly known as the Tsukiji Market, is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind. The market is located in Tsukiji in central Tokyo, and is a major attraction for foreign visitors. 

The market opens most mornings (except Sundays, holidays and some Wednesdays) at 3:00 a.m. with the arrival of the products by ship, truck and plane from all over the world. Particularly impressive is the unloading of tons of frozen tuna. The auction houses then estimate the value and prepare the incoming products for the auctions. The buyers (licensed to participate in the auctions) also inspect the fish to estimate which fish they would like to bid for and at which price. The auctions start around 5:20 a.m. Bidding can only be done by licensed participants. These bidders include intermediate wholesalers who operate stalls in the marketplace and other licensed buyers who are agents for restaurants, food processing companies, and large retailers.

The auctions usually end around 7:00 a.m. Afterward, the purchased fish is either loaded onto trucks to be shipped to the next destination or on small carts and moved to the many shops inside the market. There the shop owners cut and prepare the products for retail. In case of large fish, for example tuna and swordfish, cutting and preparation is elaborate. Frozen tuna and swordfish are often cut with large band saws, and fresh tuna is carved with extremely long knives (some well over a meter in length) called oroshi-hōchō, maguro-bōchō, or hanchō-hōchō.

Europe –Ireland and the UK


In this instance, we are talking specifically about a few grocery stores that our team has had some experience with. In Ireland, Dunnes is a very common, very popular grocery and retail chain. Tesco is a huge chain in the UK. They are like any American grocery stores that you shop in now. What sets them apart, however, is found in the small details. 

For one thing, if you would like to use a cart to store your purchases while you walk around the store, you need money. 

In order to unlock your cart from the one in front of it, you need a one Euro or Pound coin. There is no other way to separate them otherwise. Unless a customer prefers to tote around a long stream of shopping carts, he needs to make sure his pocket is full of change. This procedure is quite common throughout Europe in big grocery chains; it is quite effective in ensuring their carts are not stolen!

When we are paying for our purchases, many of us may take having our groceries bagged for granted. When you shop in one of these stores, you need to bring your own! Once the cashier tallies up your purchases, it is up to you to make sure you have something to store it in. Plastic bags may be purchased at check-out, usually for a few cents. 

Egyptian Spice Bazaar – Istanbul, Turkey

The Spice Bazaar, in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Located in Fatih, in the neighborhood of Eminönü, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. The Spice Bazaar was built in 1664 as an extension of the New Mosque (Yeni Camii) complex, and its revenues helped support the upkeep of the mosque and its philanthropic institutions such as a school, a hospital and several baths. The market was called Mısır Çarşısı (Egyptian Market) because it is said that it was built with money paid as duty on Egyptian imports. The annual ‘Cairo caravan’ would bring along spices from Egypt, just like Istanbul located on the trade route between the East and Europe.

The bazaar is "L" shaped and has six gates. The shopkeepers stock all the staple flavors of Eastern cuisine and display them with a great sense of color and arrangement. Cardamom, green cumin, ground red pepper, curry, sesame, ground coconut, yellow turmeric and saffron fill bags and boxes and are heaped into miniature volcanoes, while strings of dried okra, peppers and eggplant dangle overhead. The more customers explore, the more unusual goods they manage to find. There are all kinds of interesting beauty products as well, such henna, natural sponges, a large variety of oils and rose water, and the exfoliating hand-woven kese, which are used in Turkish baths for scrubbing.

Where the stalls in the bazaar originally only stocked spices and herbs, over the years other edibles were added, such as nuts, honeycomb, Turkish delight, dried fruit and vegetables, mature hard Turkish cheese, caviar, and smoked or dried beef. Today a fair amount of the over 90 shops unfortunately swapped their spices and offer the typical tourist trinkets such as scarves, kids costumes, and gold.

Preparing for Reverse Culture Shock

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, July 12, 2013

When you travel you are often warned about culture shock and given you advice on how to handle it from fellow travelers. Culture shock “is the disorientation a person may feel when experiencing an unfamiliar culture due to immigration or a visit to a new country.[1] This disorientation shows itself in a variety of ways: sadness, anxiety, irritability, or all of the above.  For our visitors, we always try and make the transition process easier, especially for those staying for months at a time, by offering advice on the adjustment process or hosting culture shock orientations.  

Travel experts will tell you that culture shock is like a wave or that there is a culture shock curve; travelers are really excited when they first arrive, then they will eventually become uncomfortable with all the little (or large) differences in culture, and later they will feel homesick and want to go home. Once they finally settle in they will never want to leave; their host country’s culture now feels like their own. For more information check out Northeastern University’s description of the stages of culture shock.  http://www.northeastern.edu/nuin/greece/culture_shock.html

But what about reverse culture shock? We hear so much about how to handle being in a foreign country that we rarely consider what it will be like to come home after an extended visit abroad. Here at Global Immersions, our staff members have had extensive travel experience and know a lot about the ins and outs of both culture shock and reverse culture shock.

Studies show that people experience a similar emotional roller coaster when returning home after living abroad as they do when visiting or living in a new culture. Some people feel disoriented in their own culture and have to re-adapt to the cultural nuances they may have never thought about in the past.

Take a look at this diagram which displays the stages of Culture shock and reverse culture shock! 

Usually when you first return home, you are excited to see your family and friends, sleep in your own bed and have the satisfaction of getting your point across in your native language. As time passes, you might feel as though you do not fit in as well at home as you thought you would.  Depression might set in as your regular routine might not offer the same excitement as your routine abroad.  Sometimes little things become difficult, such as taking public transportation, the pace of your own culture and the lack of new things to do.  People find they cannot relate to their friends too.

Reverse culture shock passes with time and each person will experience the process differently. Discussing reverse culture shock with your international visitor as their return date approaches will help ease the transition into their home country.  Raising awareness of the types of emotions that may surface could help your guest prepare for and better cope with any reverse culture shock struggles that might arise. 

For helpful tips and fun sojourner tales, check out these links for information on Reverse Culture Shock!  

·   Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock 

·   Can you survive Culture shock?

·   Reverse Culture Shock: What, When and How to Cope

·  Home Sweet Home? Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock 

[1]  Macionis, John, and Linda Gerber. "Chapter 3 - Culture." Sociology. 7th edition ed. Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada Inc., 2010. 54. 

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