Defining Culture Shock
Culture shock is defined as the phenomenon of feeling disorientation when living in a new environment and encountering new customs, habits, traditions, values, and beliefs.
To read more about the phases of CULTURE SHOCK, click here (University of Pittsburgh, "Culture Shock").
Understanding Culture Shock
- It's perfectly normal and even expected to experience culture shock.
- As our Peace Corps representative Laura Fonseca says, "Culture shock is neither good nor bad; it just is."
- Have the following in your tool-kit for your when you deal with culture shock:
3. Common sense
4. Cultural humility
6. An open mind
10.A sense of humor
- If ever your culture shock becomes too overwhelming to deal with, you are always encouraged to contact our office.
- If you are ever facing a difficult time while you are abroad, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and write IMPORTANT in the subject field.
Helpful Websites on Culture Shock
If you've just made it back to the U.S., read more about re-entry shock on our Re-entry page!