If you are planning on relocating internationally, you may find ExpatForum’s The Top 5 Common Problems Suffered By Expats quite helpful. The list of challenges for expatriates living abroad includes cultural differences. Jose Marc Castro explains, “Many people seem to forget that moving overseas is an adventure and one major element of this adventure is embracing and experiencing different cultures…. Showing respect for the local practices and local culture in your new found homeland should help you integrate with the local population.”
As an expat living in New Delhi, I quickly discovered that my American “Do it yourself” approach to everyday living did not work. At first it was very frustrating to have to rely on others for day-to-day tasks. As time passed, however, I began to adapt and learned how to gets things done the “Indian way”. While I still gravitate towards doing things myself, I have become much more comfortable being dependant on others. This is one of the many ways that my life has been enriched by living abroad.
Cultural orientation programs not only provide insights into local customs and culture, but also provide tools for dealing with cultural adaptation issues such as culture shock and culture stress. Our global relocation trainers have a combined 35 years of experience living as expats in India and have assisted countless individuals and families in transitioning to life in India. If you are planning to move to India, drop us a line and we will provide you with information regarding our Cultural Orientation Workshops.