Have you ever asked yourself . . .

  • What’s with all the churches and different denominations in South Carolina?
  • Should I really address everyone by their first name?
  • How should I react when my new neighbors come over with a housewarming gift?
  • What kind of school will my child be attending?
  • What happens if I have to go see a doctor?
  • How are interactions in business meetings different in the U.S.?
  • How important is political correctness?

If yes, then maybe we can provide some answers for you in our Intercultural Seminar!

Our training is aimed at making the transition from your home to your host country as smooth as possible. It will ensure you are equipped with the background, practical tools and techniques necessary to live and work in a multicultural environment.

When you decide to accept an international assignment, the challenges you are facing are multi-faceted: You will be living and working in a society different from the one you are accustomed to and many of its cultural ways will be new and appear strange to you. The lack of cultural awareness in a new environment has many levels of impact – from an embarrassing moment to a breakdown in communication to a tainted personal or business relationship or even a lost deal.

Here at Wetzel Services, we have over eight years of experience in helping expatriates develop intercultural skills and become culturally competent in an increasingly complex international world.

Let us help you make the most of your international experience!

What We Have to Offer

Thorough Information: Seminar covers 8 training hours and uses up-to-date material.

Flexible Scheduling: Training can be taken in one sitting or divided up into two or more sessions –  in our office, at your workplace or in your home. Most commonly it is taken in two parts of 4 hours each.

Individual Training Plan: Content and focus of training is determined by and tailored to your needs after personal consultation.

Experienced Instructors: We have trainers fluent in German, Spanish, Chinese, and of course English. Most have been expats themselves, so they personally understand the challenges of a cross-cultural move.

Structure and Content of the Training

Part 1: (set content)

  • Culture and culture shock
  • Profile of the USA and the South
  • General information on daily life, including practical tips

Part 2: (choose 3-4 topics)

  • Opinions and Stereotypes
  • Core Values, History and Self-Image
  • Social Interaction and Public Behavior
  • Business Interaction and Etiquette
  • Family, Children and Health Care
  • Schools and Education
  • Language and Communication
  • Race
  • Religion

Each session will give you plenty of opportunity for individual questions and discussions.

For more information about your Intercultural Training options or to schedule a course, please contact our language department at [email protected] or call the office at +1 (864) 286-1177.