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Where to start? "Know thyself".

- Katrin Volt Enculturation is a steep learning curve. As an expat woman like me, you may have or be seeking a successful career abroad, or you may have followed your partner to a strange land, hoping to establish your own goals and professional or personal agenda. Please join me as I share some learning experiences that have helped me to understand new surroundings and have given me a basis for enjoying my life as an expat. Mentality has a huge impact in our life and on experience abroad, so what I tend to make of my expatriate life really does matter. The most beneficial thing I have learned was how to be observant, put myself in the other person’s...

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Our future together: Learning Across Cultures—JAMK United for Refugees

"Our Migrant diversophy® game celebrates the present and future human diversity within Finland. We embrace interpersonal interaction and dialogue through game play as a means to develop empathy between different peoples residing in Finland. By different, we mean all people and all ethnicities in Finland, including ethnic Finns and Swedish-Finns, Roma, Sami, and also past, present and future immigrants and their families, as well as those who are visiting from outside of Finland as students or professionals."  – Steven Crawford, Senior Lecturer in Cross-cultural Management in JAMK University of Applied Sciences (JAMK UAS), Jyväskylä, Finland.  Steve was one of two lecturers in JAMK UAS, who started "planting" this idea into our diversophy® product. I remembered the story shared by Steve, how...

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Diversophy: A Game with a Purpose

Diversophy® is a diversity game (from an international standpoint) which compels participants to put themselves in a certain situation and guess the appropriate answer. Also, participants share some of their previous experiences dealing with cultural components and/or within a specific country. After the game, questions and discussion take place. It can be played informally by having each player pick a card, answer it and move to the next person, or it can take a more formal approach by forming small teams and keeping score.

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