Monthly Archives: June 2010

A to Z of Successful Expatriation™: E is for EXCHANGE

When I was growing up, my friends and I used to exchange clothes.  Living in a closed society where travel abroad was restricted, the most prized clothes were, of course, those that came from outside the country.  And it was not just the fashion statement that drew us towards those clothes; it was the ability to be part of something new, something unique, and something completely foreign.

Fast-forward many years ahead and I find myself equally fascinated by the different ideas and different ways of doing/being that I encounter whenever I live in another country.  And while ideas and experiences are not physical things and cannot be swamped one for another, they too can be exchanged.  It’s this fascinating exchange of what we know with what we don’t know but are willing to learn that makes expatriate life all the more attractive.  I mean, where else can you find a ready-made environment for such an exchange if not in expatriation?

What has been your experience with exchange –and how has that experience benefited your life abroad?

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A to Z of Successful Expatriation™: D is for DISCOVERY

Traveling always brings about discovery and for many of us one of the reasons we become expats is to discover something new.  We discover new cultures; new foods; new ways of dressing; new friendships; and new fun things to do.  The whole expatriate experience is about discovering – and while there are tons of things to discover around us, I want to focus on discoveries that we make within us.

Moving to another place creates change in our lives and, as that change challenges us, we get to discover how we are around that change.  We get to discover and learn things about ourselves we may have never known.  And with it we may even discover new callings in life – a new career, a new line of education, a new business opportunity.

So the D in the A to Z of Successful Expatriation™ isn’t only about discovering the world outside of ourselves – but it’s also about discovering and exploring our internal world.  Seeing for the first time qualities we’ve had all along, but never paid attention to is also a discovery.  Kind of like the discovery of things you’ve forgotten you had… those of you, who move frequently and take most of your household with you, will relate as you remember the giddy feeling of unpacking and seeing things you’ve forgotten about because they spent a few months in transit.

What have been your discoveries – external and internal?  And what other D’s are out there?

For all the letters in the A to Z of Successful Expatriation™ click here.

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A to Z of Successful Expatriation™: C is for CONNECTION

The World Cup 2010 is everywhere (even here in the US where the vast majority of people doesn’t care) and so in honor of that event (a “C” in the “Cup”) and the connections it creates between people, I thought it’d be appropriate to say that C is for CONNECTION.

Connections you create when you live abroad make a huge difference in how happy and successful you are as an expat.  These connections can come from anywhere and can be with anyone and even anything.  Here is my list of who and what you can connect with:

  • Colleagues, clients and partners through networking for your work
  • New friends in the expatriate community
  • New friends in the local community
  • The culture itself (why not? Think of the culture as a breathing and living thing and you’ll create those connections in no time)

How do you create connections?  You look for places where you have something in common, something that can create a bridge between you and that other person or between you and the new culture.

What else can you connect with?  And what other “C” are out there?

PS:  Writing this blog post as I am watching another great World Cup match…

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A to Z of Successful Expatriation™: B is for BEGINNING

A to Z of Successful Expatriation™: A is for ATTENTION

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A to Z of Successful Expatriation™: B is for BEGINNING

Someone once said that “life is always offering us new beginnings, it’s up to us whether to take them or not.”  And while for many people their new beginnings may not be apparent at first sight, for expatriates every move is a new beginning.

Every time we move, we find ourselves thrust into a different life – a life that offers discoveries, adventures, and learning.  And even though sometimes it’s scary and uncomfortable, it’s still a gift.  Like a toddler who looks at every new activity and every new toy as an exciting chance to explore, an expat can look at every move as a new beginning and a chance for something amazing.

What about you?  What beginnings do you remember and how do you take advantage of the ones offered to you?

Any other “B’s” out there?

Read about the “A” here.

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A to Z of Successful Expatriation™: A is for ATTENTION

How many kisses make a greeting? Who gets to sit and who gets to stand in public transport? What is a proper way to thank someone?

Sure, you can find answers to these and other questions through reading about a country and taking a cross-cultural training.  But you can also find all this and more through simply paying ATTENTION to what’s happening around you.

We start our A to Z of Successful Expatriation™ with a basic tip that can be useful anywhere, anytime.   You don’t even have to be an expat to benefit from it.  Paying ATTENTION to what happens around you, observing it, and learning from it is an excellent way to get information about the culture you are living in.

What have you learned in the past by simply paying attention?

And what can you learn this week?

Any other “A’s” you can suggest?

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Cross-Cultural Misunderstandings… Got One?

Three Reasons to Become an Expatriate

Different Colors of Money

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