We’ve spoken about living abroad before, but Alba wants to know specifically about working abroad and what cultural differences we’ve experienced here in Spain.
Audio message from Mexico – The Mexican Challenge
Yulitsi, Barbara, Berenice
How can you prepare a delicious Guacamole?
Chopped onion, chopped tomato (pronunciation of /ch/)
to ‘give it a twist’
you can ‘row a boat’ with them (to row – remar)
“Get $10 USD in italki Credits with your first purchase”
Audio message from Alba from Barcelona (living in Dubai for 3 years)
Working in different countries with different cultural mentalities
My first job interview in Spain in 1997
Differences between Spain and the UK
Integrating into British Culture http://www.inglespodcast.com/263 (Luigy working in an office for a year and a half)
Advantages of working abroad
Improve your English and take it to the next level
Knowledge of other local customs, work habits and ways of doing things
Gaining insight into the workplace dynamics of a different country and culture
Independence in planning your travels, accommodation and day to day living
Broader awareness of the world and its variety of people and cultures
Adaptability and embracing change
Missing friends and family (and food!)
Culture shock and adapting to new culture and customs
Red tape and work visas – can take a long time
Risk of being exploited, especially if your residence papers/work visas aren’t in order. (This happened to Reza many years ago in Turkey while waiting for his papers)
It takes longer to get used to foreign ways of doing things
If you could work in another country, which one would you choose and why?
The UK narrowly voted to leave the EU (Brexit) largely based on some people’s perception that too much migration of EU workers was a bad thing for the UK. What do you think?
If there were now less freedom of movement for workers between the UK and EU, would that be beneficial for either the UK or EU?
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