Session X-1: Culture shock
Total time: I hour, 40 minutes
Note: This session design is adapted from Session T-108 from the Small-Scale Marine Fisheries Training Manual, available from ICE.
Overview: As the end of training draws near, some trainees may already be experiencing some nervous anticipation about adjusting to their country of assignment. If this program has been conducted Stateside, they are preparing to depart to their countries and begin language training. If they are already in their country of assignment this session may be held earlier, or may be held at this point as trainees prepare to leave the familiar training environment to go to their posts. The most valuable aspect of this session is the time trainees spend in small groups, discussing their feelings and expectations about culture shock and sharing ideas for coping with it.
1. The trainer introduces the session, lists the objectives of the session, and presents a flow chart of the culture shock process.
2. The trainer tells the trainees how they will be dividing into smaller groups. They are told that they will be in their groups for 40 minutes. They should use their time in approximately the following manner to discuss the topics listed here (have this on newsprint):
The trainer tells the trainees that one group should write their ideas on newsprint for each of the first four topics (assign these, i.e. Group 1 records ways to cope, Group 2 records additional feelings, etc.), and each group should prepare a summary statement. Each group will need to choose a recorder and a spokes-person to present the group's list and statement.
3. Each group presents their list and statement, and highlights the most important points from their small group discussion.
4. The trainer summarizes the points that have been made during the presentations.
5. Several members of the staff share their own experiences that are appropriate to the points that have been raised.
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