Jamana Intercultural

Working With Foreigners

“Discover the Key to Relationships With People from Other Cultures Based on Trust, Respect and Clear Communication – One Hour at a Time.”

You expect relationships with people from other cultures 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 with people from other cultures doesn’t always meet your expectations. 

You might find that the foreign people in your life do things that frustrate and confuse you.  Their words and their actions don’t match and it’s getting harder and harder to trust them.  You feel like they don’t respect you. 

If you are currently working or living with someone from another culture, you may already be experiencing these frustrations and are looking for a solution.

If you have plans to work or live with someone from another culture in the near future, you definitely want to start planning now to avoid these costly problems.  Right now, you’re probably focused on all the exciting 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.

 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 currently working or living with someone from another culture, you may already be experiencing these frustrations and are looking for a solution.

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 discuss differences openly and frankly, without judgment.  Think about what it would be like to have constructive conversations with your co-workers or household members.  How would it feel to get everyone on the same page, to get things done on time, the way you want them, and to get the respect you deserve?  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 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 how you can help the foreigners in your life them to get more comfortable taking initiative.   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 forigners in your life.  Learn more.

·        How to help the foreigners in your life 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 blossom in new surroundings.  Learn more.

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 Americans Living & Working with Foreigners

The foreigners in your life may speak the English language fairly well, but do you understand the way that they 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 foreigners you live and work with.  You'll learn how to talk and listen so that you understand each other clearly, avoid hurt feelings and confusion, and build trust.


Workshop Dates:

Sunday, October 9, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011

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

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Learning from Culture Shock for Americans Living & Working with Foreigners

Did you know that cultural hosts can get culture shock, too?  Hosting or working with a foreigner is a big transition for everyone.  In addition to dealing with the changes in your own life that welcoming a foreigner can create, you will almost certainly at some point need to help the foreigners in your life adjust to life in a new culture, and possibly a new language.

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


Workshop Dates:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

8pm Eastern/ 7pm Central/ 6pm Mountain/ 5pm Pacific

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Work and Study Styles for Foreigners Coming to the U.S.

Did you know that "taking initiative" is NOT appreciated in all cultures?  In fact, it could be considered quite disrepectful in some places in the world.

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 recognize when someone is trying to show you respect, how to plan so that assignments and tasks get done when you expect them, how to handle questions so that things get done the way they're supposed to, and how to help the foreigners in your life feel more comfortable taking the initiative.


Workshop Dates:

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

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

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