• 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
  • Go Iceland!

    I usually try to keep politics out of this blog - I'm not sure why. I guess partly because I know a lot of cross-cultural issues can be hot potatoes and I see a lot...
    Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
  • Voluntourism Part 4b – As I was saying…

    Following on from my last post where I concluded that we need to be more purposeful about promoting cross-cultural understanding and not presuming it will come by default from visiting other countries... I then heard...
    Friday, January 23rd, 2015
  • The Monkey and the Fish

    This is a story that I use in my cross-cultural training classes. It's a great metaphor for how cultural assumptions can get us into trouble - even with the best of intentions.* A typhoon had...
    Friday, January 10th, 2014
  • The tension of identity

    This morning I came across this article:http://www.news.com.au/sport/cricket/cricketer-fawad-ahmed-unfazed-by-shirt-sponsor-furore-says-team-mate/story-fndpt0dy-1226714507326To me, it highlights one of the biggest tensions that comes from a person moving from one culture to another. How much of their original identity do they keep?...
    Saturday, September 7th, 2013