Jamana Intercultural

Going Abroad

“Going Abroad Is an Adventure. . . But It Can Be SO Much More!"


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. 

While it’s true than an open mind is an essential ingredient to a great study abroad experience, it doesn’t always get you where you want to go.  Figuring out your teachers and classmates in your host culture can be a challenge even for the most observant people.  The things that you have in common can make it that much more difficult to see the differences.  It can take years to truly understand a new culture, no matter how much you studied it before you arrive. 

But you only have a short time – maybe just a few weeks, maybe a semester, at most maybe two semesters. 

Jamana Intercultural can help you jump start your understanding and speed up the time it takes for you to settle in and get down to really living life in your new culture.  While other people are slowly figuring thing out through trial and error, hobbled by culture shock and misunderstanding, you’ll have a solid framework of understanding that you can fill in with the rich details of your own experience. 

If you’re ready to jump start your cultural exchange and create the study abroad experience that will transform the way you see the world, keep reading to find out about the specific workshops available to you.

 In our convenient, fun and affordable online workshops you’ll learn:


· How to avoid common misunderstandings in conversations.  Culture plays a big role in what we say and how we say it (or don’t say) it.  Learn to make yourself understood, and accurately interpret what the other person is really trying to tell you. Learn more.

· How to work with classmates and instructors.  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. Let’s face it – eventually something is going to happen that will shock, offend or confuse you.  The way you respond can make the difference between an OK time abroad and a great one.  Imagine turning unexpected shocks into an advanced understanding of your host culture and develop respect and understanding with the people around you.  Learn more.

·  How to make homesickness your friend.  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, ask yourself, “Do I just want an adventure abroad, or do I want true knowledge and understanding that will stay with me for a lifetime?  If you want your time abroad to be more than just a bit of fun, then 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

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 teacher or your boss 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 students and instructors and employees and managers.  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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