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  • News News News

    Which news do you watch on TV or listen to on the radio? Photo: Toa Heftiba It's a question that has recently come up in our household. I was getting sick of the "popular" news...
    Monday, December 12th, 2016
  • Travel Tip: Variety is key for currency!

    I've been watching the recent news in India with keen interest. In case you missed it, in November 2016, PM Modi announced all 500 and 1000 denominations would no longer be accepted. This would remove...
    Monday, December 5th, 2016
  • Convert challenges into opportunities

    When I explain cultural differences, often people see them as communication challenges. I want to turn that concept on its head and suggest we view them as opportunities. For example, if you are from a...
    Monday, November 28th, 2016
  • 3 Quick Questions for Overseas Visitors

    When you meet someone from overseas, here are 3 quick questions you can ask them to improve your cross-cultural awareness (and build a collaborative bridge with them!): 1) What do you like about {country} so...
    Monday, November 21st, 2016
  • Why “Dos & Don’ts” need an update

    Have you ever looked up a list of cultural rules for going overseas and thought, "isn't this just stereotpying?"  I personally think it's about time these typical "Dos and Don'ts" lists had an update. The...
    Monday, November 14th, 2016
  • Would you go without a camera?

    I was recently chatting with a friend about the challenges of affluent countries sending volunteers to not-so-affluent countries. Out of that I heard one of the best lines I've come across in a while... Would...
    Monday, November 7th, 2016
  • Cool Non-English Words #3 Philotimo

    When you start learning a new language, you very quickly discover there are words in other languages that have no exact translation in English (or your own mother-tongue). This series explores those linguistic novelties.... #3...
    Monday, October 31st, 2016
  • Biodiversity and Culture

    This is a proud sister post :-) One of my brothers is studying his PhD and in amongst his regular research, he recently co-published a paper on how culture impacts levels of biodiversity conservation spending. ...
    Monday, October 24th, 2016