Culture shock has a life cycle of its own and can last for several months. First there is the tourist or honeymoon stage. Everything looks interesting, food looks delicious, and places worthy of a photo. When that stage wears off, usually when the day to day hardships set in, the novelty wears off and you hit what is known as the crisis stage. As the name implies, frustration levels rise as you try to communicate often very basic needs. This stage is usually marked by anger at the local culture you initially found to intriguing. It also leads to the third stage, the flight stage which is precisely what the name reflects: you want to run away. Fortunately, you will work your way to the fourth stage, the period of readjustment which marks the end of the culture shock cycle. Like a bad cold, your culture shock magically ends and you manage to create new routines. Remember: culture shock is not fatal.
Tips: Anticipate a challenging adjustment period of at least three months before making a decision whether you like it or not. Be able to adapt to a new lifestyle that may not replicate your current lifestyle. Look for what is available, not for what isn’t
And speaking of the first few months…Everyone experiences culture shock in some form or another. Culture shock is an individual’s first reaction to an uncertain and different environment. ‘Culture’ is the new way of life to which you are being exposed; ‘shock’ is your physical and emotional response to that different way of life. In every country of the world, people share a particular view about living. When you move to a new country, that view may be radically different from what you are used to. Try to understand the host country perspective. Always keep this in mind however: in matters of culture, there is no right or wrong, only different.
Tips: Develop a tolerance for ambiguity and frustration by being flexible as things do not always go smoothly. Be open towards the new culture and accept the challenges that a developing Asian country presents
In order to be really comfortable with the way day-to-day life is carried out in your host country, research and preparation are key. Research should include looking into local laws, customs, taxes, building regulations, the health and education systems, and the public transport system. These will be a part of your everyday life, and in the case of things like the health system, could literally be a life or death issue. Talk to other teachers who have gone before you, and ask them about any unforeseen issues they had to deal with during their first few months in the country.
Not everyone is cut out for a life abroad. Living far away from everything that is familiar to you—your life props of home, friends, parents, job, community or church—can be challenging and even painful for some. These feelings will impact on your entire time away. Other people positively thrive on the new challenges, are excited at the idea of exploring a new culture, and feel enormous satisfaction when overcoming any new problem successfully. They feel rewarded with a sense of achievement and personal growth. Do consider carefully what kind of person you are and if living without familiar landmarks or people make you feel uncomfortable or ignite your curiosity.
Before you make any decision, think long and hard about your motives for wanting to go. Consider carefully what the benefits of being abroad could be for you. If you are going overseas because a relationship has just broken up, then you are going for the wrong reasons and will probably regret your decision. The more positive reasons you have for going, the more likely you will make a success of it. If all you can think of is how much you hate your current job, your boss, even the weather, then you are likely to be as unhappy in your new home as you are now.
Traveling the world is one of the most exciting experiences you can undertake. Unlike being a tourist, you are required by law to have a visa to enter and a work permit to work in Vietnam. Obtaining a visa is not a hard process although the process can take some time and the steps must be followed accurately. Maple Bear's Education Services works with all teachers and academic support team members to assist them in gathering the appropriate documentation required for the visa and work permit application. Documents required generally include a valid passport, passport photos, a University degree, a criminal record check, and health check. Maple Bear teachers are responsible for gathering their personal documents at home, while the Maple Bear schools will handle the local immigration and Department of Education filings in their respective countries.
Most class sizes vary depending on the age group. Each foreign teacher is paired up with local English-Speaking teacher assistants who will work with them during lesson preparation and in the classroom.
Most schools require that you teach 30 hours per week plus an additional 10 hours per week of preparation time. Teachers typically work 5 consecutive days (Monday-Friday) per week with two consecutive days off. Most Academic support personnel, Directors, Head Teachers, and other positions involving administrative duties will have customized schedules based on the needs of the school
We are developing a team work and supportive environment where individual is given with opportunity for optimal development. The students are our first priority and we maintain an active role in monitoring student progress. We practice positive discipline in order to allow the students to feel comfortable in taking risks and learning from their own mistakes.
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