Why Intercultural Training?
Some expatriate assignments are a great success for both employer and employee; some end in failure. What is the main difference between the two? The ability of the expatriate family to adjust to the new culture!
What does Intercultural Training include?
Our intercultural seminars give expatriate employees and their families an essential introduction to their new host culture –
- a profile of the country they will be living in
- the main values of that culture
- the keys to successful social and business interaction
- practical tips on daily life
- a guide to managing culture shock.
Why take Intercultural Training with Wetzel?
Experience: We work every day with expatriate families around the world, helping them acclimate to both the practical realities and the cultural novelties of life in the U.S., China, Mexico, Germany, and more. After years of helping people integrate into new cultures, we know the challenges they face and what it takes to succeed. Most of our intercultural trainers have been expats too, so they have a very personal interest in preparing their students for international success.
Flexibility: Our seminars are compact (8 total hours) and can be scheduled at times and locations convenient for you (in one, two, or three sessions). Training can be conducted in German or English, or in select additional languages upon request.
For more information about our Intercultural Training, contact our Language Manager at [email protected].
Fabrizio, an Italian/American citizen, was born and bred in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. From early on, he was exposed to different cultures and languages (German, Italian, French, Spanish and English). He graduated with an undergrad degree in Food Process Engineering from the Polytechnical University in Zurich and worked in the food industry in Europe. Later, he acquired a CELTA degree (Teaching English as a Second Language) and a master’s degree in English. In 2013, he completed a PhD program in New Testament Theology from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., because he believes that the biblical message is timeless and relevant for peoples of all cultures.
Elissa started teaching English for Wetzel in 2007. She left for a few years for her husband’s expatriation to England, but returned to teaching in 2012 and additionally joined the Wetzel office team in 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and is CELTA-qualified as a teacher of English to students of other languages. Elissa, her husband, and three children have been on assignments in Mexico and France in addition to England, so she understands the joys and challenges both of living abroad and moving to Greenville.
Xiao Kai is from Changsha, in Hunan Province, China. She came to the States in 1989 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and went on to earn a master’s in education with a minor in English from the University of Arkansas and a master’s in library and information sciences from the University of South Florida. Xiao Kai and her husband, John, moved to Greenville in 1999 to be near John’s family. She devotes much of her spare time to volunteering at her two children’s schools and in the community. She taught Chinese in a community Chinese school for seven years and has been teaching Chinese lessons and Intercultural Training Seminars for Wetzel since 2010.
Debbie and her husband, who teaches medieval history at Furman University, have been learning to appreciate Southern culture, cooking, language, and manners since they moved south to Greenville in 1982. Debbie has worked at the Greenville County Main Library and the Upcountry History Museum, and for Wetzel as a TESOL-certified English teacher and intercultural trainer. Debbie says that languages have always been her favorite thing – studying them, thinking about them, listening to them and of course speaking them! She speaks French, and has been working on Spanish, Italian, and German with varying degrees of success. She has lived, studied or taught in Normandy, San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) and Ecuador.
We look forward to helping you improve your language and intercultural skills! Get in touch with us for a quote!