Jamana Intercultural

Americans Going Abroad

“Discover the Key to Intercultural Relationships Based on Trust, Respect and Clear Communication –One Hour at a Time.”

You expect your experience in another culture to be fascinating, fun and maybe even a little exotic.  You have an open mind, and you love to discover interesting new facts, hear about how things are done differently in other cultures, and find out about other ways of seeing and thinking about the world. 

However, you might be disappointed that real life in another culture doesn’t always meet your expectations.  

You find that the people do things that frustrate and confuse you.  Their words and their actions don’t match and gets harder and harder to trust them.  You feel like they don’t respect you. 

On top of that, the constant feeling of disorientation is physically and emotionally exhausting.  It can have a negative effect on your performance at work or school, making it tough to achieve your personal, professional and academic goals.

The cost of failed intercultural relationships can be high – wasted money, wasted time, lost opportunity, and the stress of a broken relationship.  

If you are living abroad right now, you may already be experiencing these frustrations and are looking for a solution.

If you will be leaving soon, you definitely want to start planning now to avoid these costly problems.  Right now, you’re dreaming about everything you will learn and excited by all the possibilities, so it’s hard to imagine anything going wrong.  But reality will eventually crash in, and you’ll need to be prepared when it happens to keep your dreams from becoming a nightmare.

However, most people don’t know what the real problem is – so they don’t know that it can be fixed or even prevented.  They think that the problem is the result of a personality conflict or some character flaw in the other person.  They don’t think that cultural differences could be playing a role in their troubles.

That’s understandable, because culture is invisible to us most of the time – just like the old saying goes about the fish who doesn’t notice the water it swims in.  Culture only becomes obvious when it is contrasted with a culture that is different – usually by causing us problems.

Even if they do identify cultural differences as an important factor, most people don’t have access to resources or training that could help them overcome the problems.  Most intercultural training programs aren’t available to the general public – usually they’re given by companies to the employees who need them.

Not only that, but most intercultural training programs are extremely expensive and far beyond the reach of everyday people.  A complete two-day seminar could cost $2000 or more, and you might have to pay $200 for just a one-hour workshop.

If you’re not an employee whose company is paying you to take this training, it could be almost impossible for you to get the information you need to make things better.  You’re busy, and you don’t have time to travel to attend a 1- or 2-day seminar in another town.  You barely have time to meet the demands of work and family.  And forget about paying thousands of dollars – you’re more worried about paying your bills, buying groceries, and putting gas in the car.

It doesn’t have to be this way!  Imagine being able to understand why the people around you do what they do, and likewise being able to explain your culture to them in a way that makes sense.  What would it be like to discuss differences openly and frankly, without judgment?  How would it feel to settle into your new culture quickly and easily, and to know that you don't have to always feel like an outsider?  Imagine building a relationship built on trust and understanding!


If you’re ready to break through the frustration, confusion and doubt and create the experience that will propel you into the life or career you are looking for, click here to learn more about the specific workshops available to you.

Jamana Intercultural can help.   Unlike most intercultural training programs, our workshops are designed to meet the needs of busy, everyday people like you.  Our easy-to-use online classroom means that you can join a workshop from anywhere you have an internet and phone connection – no time away from your work, studies or family. 

Most workshops are about an hour long – which means that you can discover these important skills in the time it takes to go to the gym.

Most importantly, our workshops are very affordable.  You get the same high-quality instruction that employees in multinational companies get – at a fraction of the cost. 

When you take our workshops, you’ll discover:

· How to avoid common misunderstandings in conversations.  Make yourself understood, and accurately interpret what the other person is really saying. Learn more.

· How to work together to get things done.  This means that you’ll know how to properly show respect (and recognize when others are trying to show you respect), how to set realistic expectations for how long it takes to get things done, how to handle questions and make sure that things get done correctly, and when you should take initiative – and when you should step back.  Learn more.

·  The real reason why we are surprised, shocked, and offended by the behavior of people from other cultures - and how to get past it.  Imagine turning unexpected shocks into a chance to deepen your relationship and develop respect and understanding with the people around you. Learn more.

·  How to make friends with homesickness.  This means not only keeping it under control, but going even further – and using the challenge of being in a new culture as a creative force to achieve the results you’ve been dreaming of.  Learn more.

·  How to enjoy the amazing new person you’ve become once you return home.  Just about anyone who has spent time abroad will tell you that coming home is 1000 times harder than going away.  You change a lot while you’re away, and it can be really tough to fit the new you into you old life at home.  Get ahead of the game by learning how to handle the most common – and frustrating – situations, get ideas on how to stay in touch with the people you care about abroad, and find ways to put your amazing experiences to work for you when you get home.

Now that you know how Jamana Intercultural can help make your dreams for a life-transforming cultural exchange experience come true, keep reading to find the workshops that are right for you!

Jamana Intercultural Online Workshops

Clear Communication for U.S. Americans Going Abroad

You speak the language of your new culture, but do you understand the way that the people in your new culture talk?  Cultural differences in conversation patterns make a big difference in what people say and how they say it.

In this workshop, you'll learn how to avoid some of the painful misunderstandings that can happen when you don't share the same conversation patterns as the people around you.  You'll learn how to talk and listen to the people in your new culture so that you understand each other clearly and gain the trust of the people you live, work and study with.

Workshop Dates:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thursday, November 20, 2011

8pm Eastern/ 7pm Central/ 6pm Mountain/ 5pm Pacific
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Learning from Culture Shock for Americans Going Abroad

Traveling to a new culture is exciting and challenging.  However, when the excitement has worn off, the things that were surprising and interesting become frustrating and exhausting, and homesickness can make it hard to enjoy your time abroad.

  In this workshop, you'll learn how to turn cultural shocks and surprises into learning opportunities, as well as how to take advantage of the creative power of the transition from your home culture to your new culture.  Discover the ways that culture shock and homesickness can actually help you have the experience you are dreaming of - if you are open to them.


Workshop Dates:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

6pm Eastern/ 5pm Central/ 4pm Mountain/ 3pm Pacific

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Work and Study Styles for Americans Going Abroad

Think you know how to get along well with your employer or your teacher in your new culture?  The way to do it might be different than you think.

In this workshop, you'll learn about cultural differences that can profoundly affect the relationship between employees and managers and students and instructors.  You'll learn how to show respect and how to recognize when someone is trying to show you respect, how to plan so that assignments and tasks get done at the right time, how to handle questions in a way that doesn't embarrass you, your boss, or your teacher, and why "taking the initiative" isn't always a good idea.


Workshop Dates:

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

4pm Eastern/ 3pm Central/ 2pm Mountain/ 1pm Pacific

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