Cultural exchanges can help to ease cultural shocks

Young travellers (CC BY-SA 2.0 by Jaume Ventura)

When we leave our cultural environment to live in a new one, we may experience a mixture of positive and negative feelings caused by the shock of that change. However, there is a way to reduce this sensation: through a cultural exchange.

Once you are in a new country, getting to know the traditions and the language there will help you understand the culture better. Eventually you will probably feel more adapted and integrated to your new environment.

Nevertheless, it’s also important that you don’t forget to maintain your individuality and continue with your hobbies. Show the locals traditional things from your country, things you like, find people with similar interests. By exchanging culture with others, you will get closer.

The following article on the dothegap webpage explains the benefits of cultural exchange to ease culture shock: https://dothegap.com/blog/en/what-is-culture-shock-and-how-could-a-cultural-exchange-help-ease-the-process/

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