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Working together interculturally

Many organisations hire international talent to meet the needs of their business. These international employees have to work well together with the locals who already work there. I am now starting a new study while I am in New Zealand…

Breaking out of the expat bubble

“…Chinese students stick together with Chinese, Thai students with Thais…. when they go to the campus, they are together. I hardly see culturally mixed groups of people.” 1 ‘The happy expat needs friends’ to truly thrive in the new country…

Talking to strangers

Last week I found myself in a situation where I basically did not know anyone. I was on the other side of the world, at the Human Resources International Conference in Dunedin, New Zealand, and since I’m soon publishing a…