• The common languages we’ll all be using in future

    As I keep struggling to progress my Hindi...as my German language skills start to disappear...and as I hear so many languages spoken around my office each and every day...I had a light bulb moment. I...
    Monday, March 13th, 2017
  • Communicating without words

    Last week I read this article on Fluent in 3 Months about how the author communicated on a train in India when he didn't speak the language at all. It really reminded me of the...
    Monday, January 30th, 2017
  • 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
  • A trip to the UK

    I recently went on a trip to the UK. It was my first time visiting England and Scotland and I didn't really know what to expect. If anything, I was skeptical as to whether I...
    Monday, October 3rd, 2016
  • Inspiring Ted Talk – Reading the World

    Today I just wanted to share an awesome Ted Talk I came across. Ann Morgan thought she was "well read." But she looked at her bookshelf one day to realise she had only read US...
    Monday, March 14th, 2016
  • Beginning at the end

    When you travel overseas there is a decent amount of preparation to do. It can include booking flights, passports, visas, injections, packing, learning a bit of the language, researching the culture, knowing what electrical sockets...
    Sunday, January 31st, 2016
  • Cultures & Emotions – lost for words?

    Is it just me, or is this year's "word of the year" NOT a word?!?! THIS is the 2015 WORD of the year ?!?! How do you even describe this to someone? Well, that's the...
    Friday, November 20th, 2015
  • Voluntourism Part 7: Volunteering, Tourism and Voluntourism – what’s the difference and does it matter?

    So in this whole debate on voluntourism, and some of the negative arguments against it, a question arises - is there a difference between "volunteering" and "voluntourism" in the first place? Isn't it just volunteering...
    Monday, July 27th, 2015
  • Containers

    Time for another fun post :-) What do you eat out of? How do you get takeaway? These might seem like the last questions you would ask in a cross-cultural situation, but I've noticed a...
    Monday, June 29th, 2015
  • Voluntourism Part 6: And now for some positives

    In this series I want to explore both the positive and the negative sides of voluntourism. Today is a focus on the positive - how voluntourism works to build bridges between cultures. Source: http://www.discprofiles4u.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/DiSC-Assessment-Test.jpg For...
    Sunday, May 3rd, 2015