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Culture Shock in Practice?

About This Week’s Guest

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Dylan Bollen is a Ph.D. student in astronomy and astrophysics at KU Leuven University and Macquarie University, Sydney.

It’s the second time he is on the show and this time we talk about how he adapted to Australian culture and dealt with his (mild) culture shock.

“After three months here in Australia, I haven’t changed much. I’m still a Belgian.”

His tips to become more culturally competent are:

  • Repeating his tip from the first interview: Be open and open yourself up to others. Have a conversation with people. Talk to them.
  • Be or become part of a club; this will help you in your structure and will get you in contact with other people.
  • Explore & Enjoy.

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Email: dylanbollen@gmail.com

If you want to listen to the first part of the podcast, before he left Belgian, go here.

Should you want to know more about culture shock, go here.


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Chris Smit

I'm passionate about Cultural Difference. I have been helping organizations save time and money when they work Internationally for the last 19 years. I have had the fortunate opportunity to hold lectures, workshops, and consulting projects on this subject World Wide. It has made me understand my own culture much better, and appreciate the differences around the world.
I have a Master's Degree in Organisational Psychology and have lived in the USA, the Netherlands and, currently, in Belgium.
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