A trip abroad is an exciting opportunity to broaden your cultural awareness by chatting with people who have a different life experience based upon their country, culture, language, and ethnicity. But you might ask yourself, how do I learn enough about the language and culture to be "an honored guest"? Learn a bit about the destination, culture, customs, and language before you leave home. These pre-departure interactions will help make your trip more memorable!
Why not add the power of technology and a global social network to help study abroad students be more prepared before they go? Your students already use social media to connect with friends. Now you can use WeSpeke to connect them with people who live where they are going and to other students in their study abroad program. Join our Webinar sponsored by IIE as part of the Generation Study Abroad Series on August 6 at 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, 12 pm PT.
You might be familiar with the term “culture shock,” which according to Wikipedia, is defined as “the personal disorientation a person may feel when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life due to immigration or a visit to a new country, a move between social environments, or simply travel to another type of life. One of the most common causes of culture shock involves individuals in a foreign environment.” Culture shock happens due to a rocky transition when moving between cultures. The cultural transition is the process through which you adapt to the change in cultural elements, such as language, mindset, practices, food and environment.
There’s a lot of advice out there for study abroad students. If you are planning to study abroad next semester, you’ve probably seen most of it. At WeSpeke, we take the idea of preparedness very seriously, which is why we are taking the “know before you go” idea to a new level. In other words, we’re here to help you think of the things you haven’t thought of - to take study abroad preparation to new heights so that you are as ready as you could possibly be before touching down in your host country.
When you picture the exciting moments and adventures that you expect to encounter on your study abroad experience, you don’t think of dangerous or unfortunate circumstances. Unfortunately, however, bad things can happen. The purpose of this post is not to make you anxious or fearful, but rather to make you aware and encourage you to (yet again) be prepared. Be mindful of the following tips so that you can stay safe and return home having had a positive experience.
Are you studying abroad next semester? There are several apps to help you make the most of your study abroad experience. Whether you are communicating with friends and loved ones back home or documenting your adventures, there is an app for you. So, fire up your mobile device and check out the following apps to download before your trip! What are your favorite apps for traveling? Share your recommendations with us in the comments.
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