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View the document Session 1 : Welcome, expectations, and evaluation criteria
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View the document Session 5 : Video tapes
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View the document Session 15 communication through illustration
View the document Session 16 : Soil preparation, seedbed sowing
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View the document Session 18 : Reproduction by clippings and nursery review
View the document Session 19 : Introduction to extension
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View the document Session 23 : Women in development - part I
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View the document Session 27 : Working with groups as an extension worker
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View the document Session 30 : The ugly American
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View the document Session 32 : Weekly interview
View the document Session 33 : Agro-forestry
View the document Session 34 : Community analysis introduction
View the document Session 35 : Soils
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View the document Session 40 : Soil erosion
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View the document Session 44 : Field trip overview
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View the document Session 47 : Leave on week-long field trip
View the document Session 48 : Pesticides
View the document Session 49 : Review of field trips
View the document Session 50 : Resources
View the document Session 51 : Area measurement, pacing, compass use
View the document Session 52 : Compost heap - greenhouse construction - germination percentage
View the document Session 53 : Culture shock
View the document Session 54 : Range management
View the document Session 55 : Grafting and fruit trees
View the document Session 56 : Professional approaches to interaction with host country officials
View the document Session 57 : Project planning: goal setting
View the document Session 58 : Final interviews
View the document Session 59 : Ecology teams presentations
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Session 53 : Culture shock

Total time 2 hours

Goals

- To help prepare the trainees for the usually difficult adjustment to another culture.

Overview

In the process of getting the trainees ready for volunteer service and with the realization that many of the participants will in a few weeks be alone for the first time in their project sites, we once again review the process of culture shock.

Exercise

1. Culture Shock - Are We Ready for It?

Materials

"The Culture Shock Process" flow chart.

Exercise 1 Culture Shock - Are We Read For It?

Total time 2 hours

Procedure

Activities

1. The trainer gives a brief introduction and reviews the goals. He/she reminds the trainees that this subject has been covered before but now they are almost ready to go to their sites for two years of volunteer service. We should then review the following stages.

Time

10 minutes

Activities

2. The trainer, using the following diagram posted on newsprint, asks the trainees to break into groups of five or six and discuss each stage. They should discuss the followings

Time

10 minutes

Activities

A. Ways to cope with the problems in stage two,

Time

10 minutes

Activities

B. Feelings that will be generated during stage three,

Time

10 minutes

Activities

C. The inevitable reactions in stage four.

Time

10 minutes

Activities

3. The trainer distributes to the group the fears and hopes form, and they make a list of fears and hopes.

Time

20 minutes

Activities

4. The trainer distributes a "check list" for fears and hopes. The trainees discuss their lists using the check list.

Time

20 minutes

Activities

5. Each group is asked to prepare a statement to give to the large group. This presentation should include highlights of the small group discussion and points they would like to stress.

Time

5 minutes/group

Activities

6. The trainer summarizes the exercise. He/she picks up points that have been raised during the presentation

and may add some of his/her own experiences which are appropriate to alleviate fears that have been raised.

Time

15 minutes


Figure 53 : The culture shock process

CHECK LIST FOR FEARS AND HOPES

1. Are the fears and hopes realistic or not? (Let's find out through concrete examples.)

2. What are the cultural dimensions of each fear and hope? (From where are those fears and hopes coming?)

3. What can be done to overcome the fears if necessary and build upon the hopes?

a. The anticipated negative responses from others: are they real or imaginary?

b. The obstacles which prevent the implementation of what people wish to do but do not do.

c. The required modifications for making the ideas acceptable?

FEARS

HOPES

1. To fail

1. To learn something

2. To be misunderstood

2. To grow from the experience

3. To hurt people

3. To adjust

4. To lose face

4. To help others

5. To be rejected

5. To be successful

Others

Others