My job is to coach people on expatriate and cross-cultural matters. Success and happiness while abroad and out of your own “element” is what we focus on in coaching. Over the years, as I worked with client after client, I began to notice something — those clients who came to a country with a foundation of a cross-cultural training fared better in their levels of stress and frustration than those who came without it.
After a bit of research I discovered that not every expatriate received the benefit of cross-cultural training from their company – and those who came on their own didn’t have access to training of any kind at all. That’s when I decided to create something that will be affordable for everyone and accessible from every corner of the earth. And this is how the virtual Expatriate and Cross-Cultural Academy was born.
We started with just a few countries and we have been rapidly expanding to include not only country-specific courses but also courses on Culture Shock, Adjustment, Repatriation, and many others. Having become a member of the Wandering Educators family by joining them as their expatriate and cross-cultural editor, I wanted to offer the readers of WE special access to our online courses.
We are pleased to offer the following courses to the WE community:
I. Online cross-cultural courses on these countries (please scroll below on all details for these courses)
o The Netherlands
o The Philippines
o The UK
Each country course consists of 8 sections and includes:
Chapter 1 (Workbook and Audio): 3 ways to manage Culture Shock (also available as a stand alone course – see below)
A unique approach to handling Culture Shock in any situation. Three handy tools to carry with you whenever you move and change cultures.
Chapter 2 (Video): The National Culture
A video-presentation featuring photos from all over each country, accompanied by a recording that will tell you about the National Culture of a country.
Chapter 3: The proverbs
Country’s proverbs can tell a lot about the country. This chapter contains proverbs that will help you understand each country.
Chapter 4: The Corporate Culture
If you are going to work in a country, you’d want to familiarize yourself with what to expect when doing business.
Chapter 5: Culture Mastery -- Your Cultural Blueprint
Learn about your own cultural preferences. How do you compare within the eleven cultural variables? (The contents of this chapter as well as Chapters 7 and 8 are also available as a stand-alone course on Culture Mastery – see below)
Chapter 6: Country’s Cultural Blueprint
Learn about each country’s cultural variables. How wide is the gap between you and them?
Chapter 7: Culture Mastery -- Adjusting Your Cultural Habits
Manage the gap you discovered in the previous chapter. Enjoy the variety of coaching and training exercises to close the gap and, thus, become more effective in a country.
Chapter 8: Culture Mastery -- Cultural Negotiation and Alliances
Excellent tools for those gaps that are not so easy to close.
You can learn more about each country’s course and listen to free teleclasses here.
We are happy to offer a discounted price for WE community for these courses. To purchase a course at a 10% discount, please pay here:
II. Expatriate Know-How courses
o 3 ways to manage culture shock – in English, Spanish, French and Russian
o Adjustment Guide E-course -- a straight-forward process that helps expatriates adjust after a move
o Repatriation Guide E-course -- provides returning home expats with tools that improves their emotional response to repatriation
o Culture Mastery E-course -- teaches how to become effective in any culture
o 7 Habits of a Happy Expat E-course
You can learn more about these courses here.
Buy these courses at 10% discount:
Margarita Gokun Silver is the Founder of the Global Coach Center (GlobalCoachCenter.com), a coaching firm that specializes in Expatriate and Cross-Cultural Coaching, Training, and Consulting, and is the Expat and Cross-Cultural Coach Editor for Wandering Educators.