Culture Shock: While You Are There
So you are in-country and feel completely overwhelmed. Don’t worry, it happens to almost everyone! Here are some tips for you during your abroad experience.
- 1. Register with the U.S. Embassy
-If you are staying for a long period of time, it is important to register with the U.S. embassy and let them know you will be in country. Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program: https://step.state.gov/step/
-Find out where the U.S. Embassy is in-country: http://www.usembassy.gov/
- 2. Stay safe in-country
- Find tips and safety warnings of the country. This can be found at the State Departments website at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html
- Find hospitals: Lists of Doctors and Hospitals can be found on the U.S. Embassy Website of the city/country you are visiting. http://www.usembassy.gov/
- 3. Keep money and important documents in a SAFE PLACE always. Beware of pick-pockets.
-Girls: carry a bad that goes around your shoulder, zippers, and you can keep your hand on it at all times when in crowed spaces. Boys: Keep important things in a front pocket or a pocket that can zipper.
- 4. Make an effort to learn about the culture and the people you work with.
-Speak the language! Don’t be afraid about making mistakes. A good online-translator is: http://translate.google.com/
-Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
- 5. Set goals with your supervisor.
-What do you want to get out of this experience? What does your supervisor expect from you? What do you hope to learn? Set these goals and reach them!
- 6. Keep a Journal!
-Especially if you are getting academic credit, it is important to keep a diary of you activities, achievements, and reflections.
- 7. Keep in Touch with your family.
-Through Skype (www.skype.com), postcards, and e-mails let them know that you are safe and having a great time!
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