Culture Shock, Transitions, the Slump

As new teachers are arriving at their schools, some may want to start considering the effects of culture shock.


I have been so focused on creating lists of things to do, reading all I can about the countries I am interested in moving to, and thinking about what to sell and what to keep, that when I read the chapter in “The Expert Expat” about culture shock, otherwise known as transition shock, and the slump, it was very sobering.

The five stages of grief outlined by Kübler-Ross: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance; do not seem to be too different from the stages of culture shock, according to what I have been reading. Experts have labeled the stages of adjustment for expats as first being the honeymoon or vacation period, often times followed by the dreaded slump, and finally the gradual progress towards reconnection. I am wondering if the stages of grief are rolled into the slump. Moving from your mother country to a totally new country, leaving…

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