The culture for an expatriate is a bit like the iceberg in the Titanic. The submerged part is the one that is visible to everyone. It is the language of the country, its culinary spirit, its musical tastes… Elements that should not pose major problems in your adaptation. But culture is above all the underlying part, the part that causes the ship to sink. These are social norms, links with religion, the importance of work, and the place of women and men in society. Much more subtle things in short.
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0 – 2 weeks (The durations are given as an indication and vary according to the individual).
You have just arrived at your destination. The dominant feelings are excitement and euphoria. You see cultural differences in a positive way. In a word: you are convinced that this is the most pleasant stay.
2 weeks – 2 months
This is the moment when the Titanic hits the iceberg.
You miss your country of origin: food, family, friends. The country where you moved to remains a mystery. You do not understand its values or the behaviour of local people. Problems are accumulating and symptoms are diverse, ranging from simple fatigue to depression.
4 months – ???
After a high and low phase, the ship’s breach has just been closed. You feel at home and are part of the local community. Your behaviour has also changed. It has adapted and corresponds to the social standards of your host country.
This is the return to your homeland. After having experienced adventures and overcome all obstacles, the boat arrives safely at its destination. However, you must readapt to your own culture. Some of your friends may think that you have changed, that you are no longer the same.
A new adventure begins…
This is about the disillusionment phase. We are sorry to tell you this, but this step is a necessary step, a test that helps you to become the master of your existence. But don’t worry. It is possible to reduce the duration and intensity of this phase. To do this, a few simple actions:
Do you want to send local specificities to your family? To your friends? This is possible with Eurosender.