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Apr

Connect with CAI this Spring

Spring is a busy time for CAI and we hope to meet with you at one of our upcoming events! Our very own Priscila Montana, CEO of Cultural Awareness International, will be attending the 2017 EuRA Conference from April 25th – April 28th.  Be sure to connect with her if you are able. While at EuRA …

13
Apr

Holy Week and Easter around the World

This is Holy Week – a time when Christians around the world celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Holy Week always takes place the week before Easter, but does not include Easter itself. Across the world, people will celebrate in different ways. Some have fasted from certain aspects of …

6
Apr

Say “Yes” to that Expat Opportunity

We are living in an age where, globally, people are far more equipped and educated than they have ever been in the past. Information is literally at our fingertips through various forms of technology, and the speed at which we are able to accomplish tasks and succeed at our goals is ever-increasing. However, the job …

27
Mar

Exploring Unconscious Bias

This week at CAI we hosted a webinar on the idea of the unconscious bias –like it or not, the way you interact with others is influenced in some way, somehow, by a bias. We were able to explore that this bias could be through race, gender, height, age, and many other factors. What’s more, …

17
Mar

Culture Shock – How to Deal

This week’s blog post comes from our Senior Intercultural Facilitator Ruth Friedman.  Ms. Friedman grew up in London, spent a year living, working, and travelling in the United States, and has now been living and working in Belgium since 2004.  She specializes in the fields of cross-cultural and intercultural trainings, non-discrimination, and personal and career development. Ms. Friedman is …

10
Mar

Daylight Savings Time – Spring Forward

Daylight Savings: Spring Forward, Fall Backward You wake up one morning to find the sun a bit brighter, the birds chirping a little louder. You feel very tired, but the clock reveals it’s the same time you always get up…or is it?  No, you’ve hit the mysterious phenomenon known as “Daylight Savings Time.” Clocks are …

1
Mar

5 Signs you Need Cross Cultural Training

Many of us have traveled abroad and been both amazed and perhaps a bit confused by the experience. Now imagine turning your week long vacation into months or years. Imagine no longer being a tourist in a foreign country, but an active member working and overcoming challenges daily both in and out of the workplace. …

7
Feb

East Can Meet West through Cultural Training

There’s no question that the way a person views the world and functions, both in day-to-day life and in business, is built on the foundation of their native culture. Some might say there are no two cultures more different than those of a primarily Western mindset vs. an Eastern mindset. Take a moment to complete …

23
Jan

Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s that time of year again…Chinese New Year! The longest and arguably most festive and important holiday in China follows the Lunar Calendar and marks the New Year as such.  You’ll hear the phrases “Chinese New Year” and “Spring Festival” used interchangeably, but they mean the same thing. This year, Chinese New Year will be …

6
Jan

New Year Traditions

Out with the old, in with the new – we say “goodbye” to 2016 and welcome 2017 with open arms. 2016 is seen by many as a tumultuous year, to say the least, and even though it certainly wasn’t all bad many people are still ready to usher in something new and different. Did you …

30
Dec

The Presumed Cultural Similarity Paradox

As we prepare to step into the New Year, we at CAI would like to start doing something a little different with our updates. CAI prides itself on having an extensive network of top-quality intercultural instructors facilitating our cross-cultural training sessions, and we would like to take the opportunity to occasionally share their insight and …

22
Dec

Christmas & KFC: A Unique Japanese Tradition

The end of the year is finally upon us, and one of the more prominent holidays is Christmas. Typically Christmas is associated with fir trees, presents, Santa, the birth of Jesus, holiday cheer and togetherness, and fried Chicken. Oh yes, you read that correctly, fried chicken. Japan has its own special way of celebrating Christmas, …

9
Dec

Coming Home: 3 Perspectives to Keep in Mind for the Expat Holiday

As the holidays are fast approaching, many expats across the world are gearing up for vacation, with many of them planning trips home. For some, “home” can mean a variety of things and can seem a bit arbitrary, depending on how long an assignment abroad has been and what culture one relates to more.  A …

1
Dec

Advent: Awaiting the Arrival of Christmas

December is upon us, and with that comes the old religious tradition of Christmas. But before Christmas –a time of gift giving, celebration, and joy—there is the waiting period.  This time of pause and expectation is known as Advent, and it symbolizes the anticipation of something new, something notable. Advent itself means “arrival” and it …

11
Nov

All About the US Election Process

This year has certainly been one of the most dynamic political years the USA has ever seen. Though typically political talk is taboo in social culture within the USA, we’ve seen that line blurred heavily in 2016.  However, when looking at the US election and making decisions about who should lead the country, it’s of …

28
Oct

Globetrotting, Meal-Hopping, and the Wonders of a Taste Bud.

"Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture." –Mark Kurlansky It’s safe to assume we all know food is different when you go abroad. Whether a staple dish is a burrito, chicken feet, or a smörgås, you know not to expect to find everything you ...
19
Oct

Cultural Awareness International wins 2016 Paragon Supplier Partner Award

Cultural Awareness International is pleased to announce that we are the 2016 Paragon Supplier Partner Award winner for excellence in Cross-cultural Training. This marks the second year in a row that we have won this distinguished award. Paragon Relocation announced the 2016 Paragon Supplier Partner Award winners at a special reception held during the Worldwide …

14
Oct

A Time of Thanksgiving

Continuing our theme from last week of seasonal holidays, one cannot ignore the time of thanks that is given in North America. Both Canada and the United States celebrate Thanksgiving – however the similarities and differences are of equal length. For instance, both holidays originated from a historical and religious background – Being thankful for …

7
Oct

Rosh Hashanah: Creation’s Beginning

As we take a step into the fall season, we are entering a time of many important holidays. Some secular, some religious, some strictly historical and some a cultural blend.  Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday celebrated this year between Oct. 2nd and October 4th.  Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of creation as it correlates …

30
Sep

Time and Culture: Your Perspective Matters

24 hours in a day, 24 time zones, a million different interpretations of what this actually means. Timing is everything, particularly in business, and depending on where you are, the concept can have a very different ebb and flow. This difference in time, or rather, the perspective can greatly influence one’s perception of a culture …

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