Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Entering the Last Phases of the Cultural Adaptation Cycle
This comic, again from State magazine, humorously depicts how many in the foreign service experience cultural adaptation between posts. The different phases of adaption are typically reviewed in A-100 and Spouse/Partner Training, but the focus is usually on the beginning phases and re-entry, since they tend to be the most dramatic.
We are entering the Pre-Return (and then leave again) Ups and Downs. Where did the time go? I haven't started all those cool projects I intended to do after we arrived in India. Can you believe we still haven't unpacked all those Ziplock bags full of items from our "junk" drawers in D.C.?
It's time to fit in all that was intended to do over the two years in the last several months. And then start the cycle all over again for our next post.
Chart from University of Calgary's Cross Cultural Living.