© 2017 by Susan Comiskey

Public Speaker and Trainer

www.susancomiskey.org

Singapore

Cross Culture

 Thriving in another Culture  
- Building a home away from home

This workshop aims to provide an overview of the challenges of living in another culture and to present basic skills for a successful integration into the new environment.

By the end of the workshop the participants should be able to:

  • Recognise the symptoms of culture shock and be familiar with several strategies that can help adjust to the new environment.

  • Understand the process of transition and how it might affect their work and personal life

  • Understand the lifecycle of an overseas posting and what that means for them as an individual.

  • List several strategies that will help them manage inter-cultural relationships and unfamiliar situations.

  • Be confident that they are to build a home away from home.

 

This workshop is suitable for anyone planning an international move. Students going abroad to study, families relocating due to work placements, humanitarian aid workers, missionaries, teachers in international schools etc.

A half- day program.

 Welcome Back  

- Returning home

 

Surprisingly, you will need practical tools for this demanding transition.

A large multinational company who regularly despatch workers around the globe were shocked to discover that up to 15% of their staff would not return to work for the company after coming home and sought alternative employment. When investigating this alarming rate of attrition, it was discovered that issues of 're-entry' changed the way the worker viewed life and career opportunities.

 

Life is full of transitions and knowing how to negotiate your way through the maze of emotional, social and psychological feelings requires great skill to arrive safely on the other side. The process of learning to integrate into life back at home can further exacerbate these phenomena. Studies show that when an individual returns to their homeland after significant time away, there are challenges faced by the individual that have the potential to unsettle and destabilise the individual’s emotional, social and psychological status.

 

The “Welcome back! Program” aims to provide the skills needed for a smooth transition to life back at home. Participants are given the opportunity to review their overseas posting, consider the challenges facing them as they return home, presented with strategies for integration and provide closure to the past. When time is taken to explain the process of transition, attrition rates fall dramatically and companies retain their valuable and highly skilled employees. Participants are now ready to take on the challenges and delights of being back at home, confident of moving on to the next phase of their life. Topics covered include:

Time to debrief, understanding the process of transition, the challenges of re entry and look ahead: putting it all together.

A whole day program.

 Third Culture Kids 

Third culture kid (TCK) is the term used to refer to children raised in a culture other than their parents' (or the culture of the country given on the child's passport, where they are legally considered native) for a significant part of their early development years. In our rapidly globalised world this is no longer a phenomena reserved for a few. Literally all over the world TCK’s can be found. This workshop is for parents of TCK’s and aims to provide information and practical advice to raising a third culture kid with all is uniqueness, joys and challenges.

A 2 hour workshop

 Ministering Cross Culturally 
 

This is a 15 hours course designed for participants who work and minster in a foreign country.

Issues of worldview, understanding and working with cultural norms different to your own, cross-cultural communication, form versus function, characteristics of a successful minster and much more.

This course is suitable for any Christian ministry worker who is planning to live and serve in another culture. 

 Families & Missions 
 

Compelled by the call to go, many families pack up and leave the familiar to work and minster in the unfamiliar.

What does this mean practically?

What kinds of issues are faced by the missionary marriage?

What about the kids?

How do you handle the everyday stresses while pursuing a nobler cause?

 

This workshop will help prospective missionary families prepare for the joys and challenges ahead.

 

A four hours practical workshop.  

If you have overseas staff or members in your organisation these topics can help them