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1
Jun

Tao po!

Written By Raju Mandhyan SANDWICHED between the mountains Banahaw and San Cristobal in the province of Quezon, Dhamma Phala, a meditation center, is surrounded by scores of coconut and mango trees and banana plants. The sky there is so blue and clear it seems as if it is possible to reach out and touch it. …

21
May

Ten Ways to Observe Memorial Day While Social Distancing

Written by Maria Nadiradze, CAI’s Office Manager Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, to honor the heroic men and women who died in service to the United States. Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday was coined in the years following the Civil War, and became an official federal holiday in …

18
May

The MAIN Reason Why Global Companies Are Struggling In Vietnam…And Everywhere Else

Written by: Christian Routin There are diverse reasons why global companies are struggling in Vietnam and elsewhere in the world but ONE is above them ALL. That reason is invisible, intangible but is everywhere at the same time and it is the one that impacts global companies the MOST. The worse is that most of …

4
May

Shhhh…Silence Across Cultures

Written by: CAI Senior Facilitator Jamie Gelbtuch Silence can speak volumes, but what it says is different across cultures.  Just as shared language does not imply shared meaning, shared silence does not either. Silence can be full of significance, answers, or nothing at all. It is a critical tool that impacts the rhythm of communication and …

28
Apr

CAI Interviewed on Propelling Mobility Podcast

Cultural Awareness International (CAI) was pleased to have our Senior Consultant, Mercedes D’Angelo, participate as a subject matter expert on a recent episode of the Propelling Mobility podcast, moderated by Tim McCarney, Vice President of Marketing at Weichert Workforce Mobility. On the podcast, Mercedes D’Angelo and Laura Levenson (Global Practice Leader with Weichert’s Advisory Services Group) …

23
Apr

Ramadan Mubarak from our CAI Family

Written by Mai Hegazy, CAI’s Manager of Global Destination Services  The Holy month of Ramadan is observed by about 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is a very special time in Islam. The holy book of Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) …

9
Apr

How Cultural Differences Impact Getting Global Results in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by: Mary Beth Lamb and Dr. Amy Tolbert   Why are national solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic so different? And what makes some approaches more successful than others?  National and regional cultural differences are key factors that are often overlooked. By looking through four key national and regional cultural lenses, we can gain new …

20
Mar

CAI Recommended in Relocate Magazine for Repatriation Services

Cultural Awareness International (CAI) was pleased to be mentioned as a valuable resource in the following article written by David Sapsted in Relocate Magazine on managing the challenges that come along with repatriation. Many difficulties can exist with employees and their families when returning to and transitioning back to their country of origin. According to ...
31
Jan

Lunar New Year Part Three: Trainer Traditions

The spring cleaning is complete and red packets handed out. Several more of our intercultural trainers shared with us the way in which they prepare for and celebrate the Lunar New Year now that it is here! In our final blog post of our 2020 Lunar New Year series, read about the traditions of some …

28
Jan

Lunar New Year Part Two: Red Packets

Happy Lunar New Year 2020! A vital part of Lunar New Year celebrations is the preparing and gifting of red packets. Also known as red envelopes, lai see (Cantonese), or hongbao (Mandarin), these red packets usually contain money and are given to the important people in one’s life before the New Year begins. In the …

22
Jan

Lunar New Year Part One: A Week in the Life- Preparing for Lunar New Year in Singapore

Happy Lunar New Year 2020! Lunar New will begin on January 25, 2020. This year, we approached several of our intercultural trainers across Asia to understand what the Lunar New Year looks like from their personal perspective. For the first of the series, take a look into how one of CAI’s intercultural facilitators in Singapore, …

21
Dec

CAI’s Expat Survival Guide for the Holidays

Usually one for embracing change and experiencing new things, knowing that my family at home in the USA was gearing up to celebrate Christmas while I was abroad made me long for the familiarity of home. Watching the days grow shorter and thermostat drop heightened my sense of anticipation for my favorite time of year. …

16
Nov

Giving Thanks in North America

Each passing year brings its share of experiences, growth, and change. One constant in our lives remains: the holidays we celebrate and the traditions that surround them.  Our holidays affect us in a personal way, linking us to family and close friends. Passing seasons evoke memories and instill in us an appreciation for our culture and a desire …

2
Nov

Honoring the Dead: Mexico’s Día de los Muertos

By: Ivonne Juraidini Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that commemorates the lives of deceased loved ones. It is a tradition that originated from indigenous rituals and eventually blended with Catholic elements as a result of Spanish influence.  The holiday takes place over two days: November 1st and …

16
Aug

The Power of Art

Art is a powerful thing. From the moment that humankind could, we started thinking creatively. Explaining and depicting the world around us. From the earliest cave drawings in South Africa which date back 164 thousand years to the well-known cave paintings in Europe that date 40 thousand years, humans have always been moved to art. …

13
Nov

CAI News Flash

Priscila Montana, President & CEO of Cultural Awareness International (CAI),  spoke at the Women and International Commerce event this past Saturday on November 11, 2017. Held in conjunction with the Chilean Association, this summit brought together women from every industry to participate in an open dialogue regarding women in the workplace, in particular women of …

15
Jun

Texting and Driving – No More in Texas!

To those Texans who text and drive, you will have to put your phones down come September 1, 2017. Why? A new law proposed by Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) and Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) and signed by Governor Abbott will make it illegal to text and drive all across Texas. This may sound familiar to …

25
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 …

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 …

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 …

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