Following the international journeys of Tulane Altmans
Category: Crossing Cultures
a. What were your expectations or pre-conceived notions of your host culture? How were they met or challenged? How have your first impressions of the country and its people changed since you arrived?
b. Did you have a hard time communicating with host country nationals when you arrived? Share an example. Did you adjust your communication strategies in response? How?
c. What cultural differences (values, beliefs, behavior) do you notice between the US and your host country? How have these differences made you more aware of your own culture? What do you perceive as your home culture’s benefits, limitations, strengths or biases?
d. Have you found yourself acting in an overly ethno-centrist manner? Or are there certain cultural mores that you intentionally or unintentionally violated? Share an example of a time you made a cultural misstep. How did you respond?