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Issue 74
21st June 2004

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Features & Articles

Culture Shock - What to Expect When You Relocate

Whether moving across the world or across the country, culture shock presents one of the most unique and complex transitions we can face in our lives. Culture shock is associated with stress, anxiety, confusion and feelings of being lost or out of place. It affects the way we think about ourselves and others, the way we interact and how we handle our emotions. When relocating, "expect the unexpected".

The term "culture shock" was originally used in the 1950s to describe the physical and emotional discomforts often produced when a person moves from one cultural environment to another. There are several stages to culture shock :

1. Honeymoon or Euphoric stage - As imagined, this is the time period just before and just after the move when everything is new and exciting. Energy and enthusiasm are high and it feels, for the most part, like a holiday.

2. Irritability/Hostility or Disintegration stage - During this stage, there can be strong feelings of dissatisfaction and difficulty as any original excitement turns into discomfort. This stage can be recognised for difficulties in communication, impatience, anger, sadness and a feeling of incompetence.

3. Adjustment stage - A sense of direction as well as a sense of humour begins to re-emerge and the person may begin to feel a certain life balance.

4. Adaptation stage - This stage is signified by a feeling of increasing confidence and a sense of belonging. The individual will find that many of the customs, habits and cultural practices are easily adopted and integrated.

5. Re-entry shock - When returning to the "starting point", people often experience "reverse culture-shock" whereby re-adjusting to the old culture is as hard as, if not more difficult than, the original move.

Next week ... Top Tips for dealing with culture shock!

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Mouse Dictates Terms to Egypt Air for Three Hours

A mouse, which boarded an Egypt Air aircraft heading to London, caused panic among passengers and delayed the flight for about three hours. The mouse ran along the aisles of the Airbus minutes before takeoff. Frightened passengers jumped out of their seats and ran to one end of the aircraft to escape it. Airport workers and cleaners failed to catch the mouse and passengers were transferred to another aircraft.

What's On ... in Cairo

Boy Band BLUE to Stage Largest Rock Concert in Egypt

Top boy band, Blue, is next month to stage Egypt's biggest ever rock concert.

The band will perform on July 2 at Media Production City on the outskirts of Cairo, before an expected audience of 20,000 people.

Blue released their debut single in 2001 and shot to fame with "All Rise". They have had two No 1 albums, three No 1 singles, two BRIT Awards, and sold five million albums.

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Parents & Kids

Supporting Children During an International Move

Let's face it - most children hate to move. The long-term benefits of international mobility - including language skills, cross-cultural understanding and friendships with people around the world - may outweigh the drawbacks over the long term, but children aren't thinking about that when it's time to leave their friends and adjust to a new school and culture. Here are a few ideas that may help ease the transition:

Keep communication channels open. Hold family meetings about the move. Accept and acknowledge negative feelings, and take your child's questions and fears seriously. Emphasize that you will face challenges as a family. After the move, stay attuned to your children's feelings over time, even if they seem to adjust well at first. Remember that family members may hit peaks and valleys of adjustment at different times. Seek out help if anyone in your family seems depressed, or if your child can't seem to adjust to a new school after several months.

Give children a feeling of control wherever possible. Find ways to let them help with the move and make a few decisions themselves. Let them pack their own suitcase or backpack with their most important possessions. Research your new country's culture, food, history, geography and tourist attractions together.

Network effectively. Talk to several people who are familiar with the schools you are considering, since opinions vary widely. Ask your colleagues or an expatriate group to help you find families willing to communicate with you before you arrive.

Maintain continuity. Take pets with you if possible. Maintain family routines and traditions throughout the move, and consider adding new ones to provide stability amid the chaos of the transition.

Emphasize your connections with the rest of the world. Keep children in touch with extended family and faraway friends through phone calls, e-mails, instant messaging, letters and visits in both directions. Consider setting up a personal website where your children can share their international experiences with family and friends.

Make your new home a great place to be. Give children something to look forward to after the move, such as a new activity, privilege or possession. Carry things with you to make your new home interesting and fun, such as art and craft supplies, music players and posters. After you arrive, be proactive in helping your child find new friends - seek out other families, and invite them over even if your home isn't set up yet.

Above all, look for fun things to do as a family in your new environment as soon as you arrive. Take the time to enjoy the adventure together!

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