Cross Cultural Awareness - The basics

Proverbs

You have recently moved to Kenya and are curious about the customs and way of life in your new country. You are sometimes feeling lost, but you are open and willing to learn and laugh about yourself, about Kenya, about others....

You have been here for some time and are still learning and growing every day.You are willing to share your experiences, your bloopers and your laughs, your frustrations and your successes. You are eager to gain a better insight in the similarities and differences between the culture of your home country and the culture of Kenya.

If the above resonates with you, this course is for you!

A swahili saying says: 'Kupotea njia ndiko kujua njia...". The meaning, 'to get lost is to learn the way', sums up the experience many foreigners go through when they travel to a new country. Sometimes you are literally lost and have to ask around to find your way again. But more often, we feel lost because we speak another language, and we don't know the do's and don'ts in the host country. To help you find your way, InterAct has developed the short course 'cross cultural awareness'.

Course content

This course includes the following topics:

  • Who am I?Notions on cultural identity and the impact of transition on identity
  • What is cultural awareness? What are cultural values and attitudes and their impact on cross cultural working and living?
  • Best practices to handle culture shock and cross cultural clashes and conflicts.
  • Communication: verbal and non-verbal cross cultural communication styles, creating an understanding of your own communication style, cross cultural values and attitudes on how we communicate.
  • Etiquette, tips and strategies for living in Kenya.

Output

This course is specifically tailored to newcomers in Kenya, but can be useful for anyone that wants to better understand the intercultural situation they are in. It will help you adjust well during the first transition months and relate to the challenges you are facing. That way you will be able to more fully enjoy the enriching experience of living in another culture.

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