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Culture Shock

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 2: Setting the Tone from the First Day of Class

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.08.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

The first day of class, I enter the classroom and ask, "What's the difference between being certain and being closed-minded?" Long silence. Students g...

What Every Traveler Should Know About Returning Home

Dave Tomlinson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Travel
Dave Tomlinson

Experience does help prepare for dealing with culture shock and a traveler on an extended trip through multiple countries is generally able to handle it well. What comes as a surprise however, is a feeling of discomfort returning to familiar environment of home. This situation is referred to as reverse culture shock.

On a Change of Scenery

Yara Zgheib | Posted 08.17.2016 | Travel
Yara Zgheib

It is nine in the evening somewhere, and at least once a day, that somewhere is Paris. I acknowledge the passing moment by pouring a glass of pinot noir and swirling it thoughtfully as I stare at the expectant suitcase sprawled on the inviting bed. I make a silent toast.

Dreams From My Helper: Part Two

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

Che Che wasn't always so lucky in connecting with her bosses. One day, she was at home when her employer Mimi (whose name has been changed on Che Che's request) returned with her 10-month-old son from a day in the park.

4 Feelings You Have When You Are Outside Your Comfort Zone

Cassandra Ruggiero | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Cassandra Ruggiero

Do you book a trip to a country you have never been to? Do you finally move out of your parents' house and get a place on your own? Do you order a different meal at your favourite restaurant?

What We Learned From Women's History Month and Katy Perry

Lisa Kirchner | Posted 06.01.2014 | Women
Lisa Kirchner

y acting as if we've got this equality thing down, we do ourselves a disservice. Keeping these issues clear is the only way to overcome our inherent tendency to judge, which in turn drowns out more voices.

8 Things About America Other Cultures Find Odd

Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel

Visiting America can be a mind-blowing experience. There are so many beautiful places to see, cities to wander, and regions to explore. There's also a...

The Rule: Trapped Between Feminism and Cultural Tolerance in India

Padmini Parthasarathy | Posted 02.17.2014 | Women
Padmini Parthasarathy

The idea that I was impure for a natural function, one that half the population experienced, was odious. I just kept thinking, this is some DUMB old rule written by DUMB old men.But this belief was at odds with other beliefs I also held. I was a guest in my aunt's house.

10 Surprising Things About Being An American In Italy

Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

Italy is one of the most beautiful, historical, delicious countries in the world. From ancient ruins in Rome to couture boutiques in Milan to cobblest...

The Vacation Destinations Most Likely To Put You In A Psych Ward

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 05.01.2013 | Travel

They say travel broadens the mind, but it appears that some vacation destinations can actually blow your mind. The cities of Florence, Jerusalem a...

Teaching English in Asia Opened a New World for a Bored Teacher

Quia Querisma | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Quia Querisma

Educator and jewelry designer Kamara Coaxum felt like she was dying. After toiling away for years as a teacher in Tampa, Fla., she needed a way to break away from a life that was pretty uneventful.

The Hardest Adjustment In Peace Corps Is Coming Home

Ross Szabo | Posted 03.04.2013 | Impact
Ross Szabo

I still have flashbacks of water not coming out of the faucet, constantly needing to clean to stop ants or other things that became habit. Most of my sentences start with, "In Botswana..." The change is hard.

How To Deal With College 'Culture Shock'

| Posted 05.24.2012 | Teen

By Hannah Orenstein The transition from high school to college is undoubtedly one of the biggest you'll make throughout your life. Some of those ch...

The World of Kalu Yala

Amanda Slavin | Posted 06.10.2012 | Impact
Amanda Slavin

I was blown away by how sometimes I am so absorbed in getting frustrated at my outlook being too slow, or my BlackBerry freezing, and how there is a total opposite way to live full of appreciating the little things in life and being happier than ever doing so.

La Fin: Reflections on a Semester in Paris

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 05.30.2011 | Travel
Yuliya Neyman

Our French misadventure started nobly with planned visits to the Louvre and ended, as one of us aptly put it, "in a haze of wine, smoke and ATM withdrawals." We were decadent, hedonistic and careless.


Chris Guillebeau | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chris Guillebeau

When saying goodbye to a person or place, some think it's best to leave things unsaid, or walk away without reflection. I've learned that this is usually a mistake, at least for me.