Learning to Live in a Different Culture

Learning to Live in a Different Culture

A Handbook

Leo Hitchcock


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Going to a foreign country and wondering how you will fit in or adapt to living there? This book will help you. Are you a recent arrival into a different cultural system and are facing difficulties? This book will help you. Want to know how (and why) to do things the way your friends and colleagues of a different culture do? This book will help you. Wondering why other cultures act so differently to yours? This book will tell you. Based on the actual experiences of long-term exchange student sojourners who have been in these situations, this book tells you how they overcame their difficulties. Tested against widely accepted theories and models, the author presents techniques – what to do and what not to do – on how the sojourners featured in this book may have adapted more easily and quickly, and offers his own experiential Cross-cultural Adaptation Process Model (eCAPM) as a tool to use on one’s cultural adaptation journey.


Leo Hitchcock:
Now a consultant/advisor in the field of internationalisation of higher education and cultural adaptation, Dr Leo Hitchcock was formerly a Director of Collaborative Programmes for Auckland University of Technology, directing offshore degree programmes in Vietnam and China, and a senior lecturer teaching in New Zealand, Vietnam and China, and presenting at seminars in Indonesia as well as in other parts of the world. He holds a PhD and a Master of Education with Honours. His PhD dissertation is reflected in this book. Leo has been an AFS local chapter president and National Board member. His two daughters completed a one-year AFS Intercultural Programs exchange to Japan and Czechoslovakia/Slovakia, respectively; his family has hosted eight AFS students, as well as other shorter-term language students from a diverse range of countries, and he has visited and stayed with many of his ‘AFS children’ and other AFS friends and colleagues in their homes. Ko Kaikōura ōku maunga, ko tāku moana, ko tāku kōhanga; ko Aotearoa tōku kāinga; tōku whānau me ōku hoa tōku kaha; tēnei mahi tōku waka. Mā ēnei mea katoa ahau e whakarite ko wai ahau.