Expats2Singapore's Programmes are framed along the Lysgaard's U-Curve of Cross Cultural Adjustment, which highlight the 4 main phases of integrating into a new environment.

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HONEYMOON PHASE

Excitement of New Experiences..... A high sense of enthusiasm and anticipation of new challenges related to being in a "far-away land", amidst different people, places, customs, languages, culture......and more....... However, you'd be concerned with getting settled in as soon as possible as well.

Tourist - Like Behavior ..... You just want to go out, see, taste and experience everything this new place has to offer!!!! This is the time you'll probably also spend loads of money buying everything that catches your fancy, or is basically....different.

Maintains Own Sense of Culture .....You're probably still trying to make the "locals" understand the way you speak, dress in the way you've been used to for ages (never mind the stares you get from wearing your knee-high leather boots!), keeping with your home country's practices.....

This phase typically lasts for a month or two. Your main concerns at this stage are:

Settling into a place you can call HOME [ click here ]

Making sure immigration matters are taken care of and you do not run foul of the local laws.
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Bringing your belongings from home or your last port of call [ click here ]

Making sure your children are placed in a choice school where they can continue their education.
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CULTURE SHOCK PHASE

After the Honeymoon phase, you will experience the Culture Shock phase, which exudes symptoms such as home-sickness and missing the familiarity of home - the weather, the way things are done, the food, the way people speak and their strange ways!!. And this will last between the 3rd to 9th month of your stay here.

Everything's just not right!! The entire environment doesn't make sense and you'd feel depressed and experience self-doubt. To retain some sanity, you'd probably actively search for members of your own home community and have a tendency to cluster with familiar groups. Worst of all, you might even start to reject the host culture and have a thing or two to say about the people here. To a certain extent, you may stereotype the locals and worse, develop certain prejudices.

It's not uncommon that many overseas postings or overseas studies fail at this juncture because things get so unbearalble that you just want to go home. And many do. This is especially so when the spouse, who is used to some form of pre-occupation with work back home, is now faced with that feeling of emptiness and loss.

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ADJUSTMENT PHASE

Typically, this phase will last from the 9th month to the 48th month of your stay here depending on your ability to adopt an open mind about things around you and your willingness to adapt to the environment.

With this improved mindset, you'll experience increased tolerance to things that bothered you before and even gain improved confidence to experiment with things local - you'll be surprised by some of these discoveries!!

Because of this change of attitude, you'll make attempts to mingle with the locals and attempt to understand local culture, learn the language and find that the environment actually starts to make "Sense".

However, with most overseas postings or study programmes lasting between 1 to 3 years, many expatriates find that they have to return to their home countries, without the full Singapore Experience.

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MASTERY PHASE

Should you have the perseverance and perhaps, the opportunity to extend your contract (and your stay in Singapore) after being here for 48 months or more, you'll likely arrive at the Mastery phase, where you'll actually enjoy the environment (you know you're there when you actually take pride in showing your mother-in-law around Singapore when she visits and share good stories of your stay here!), understand the local customs, traditions and festivals and other cultural and historical aspects of Singapore.

By this stage, you would have made friends with a considerable number of local Singaporeans, and would feel totally comfortable interacting with locals at their homes, eating out at Kopitiams and buying your groceries from the wetmarkets and neighbourhood provision shops. You'll probably be able to haggle with the shopkeepers, and in their native language or dialects as well!

For some, they might even be seriously thinking of applying for permanent residence and taking a long term view of getting a citizenship!!

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EXPATS2SINGAPORE INTERVENTION PROGRAMMES [ click here ]

Expats2Singapore has designed a series of interventions to reduce the pains of culture shock and shorten the adjustment phase, so that you achieve the Mastery stage early.

There are 4 levels of interventions, each synchronised to help you adjust and integrate with living in Singapore. We call this Seamless Integration

Using this as a framework, Expats2Singapore developed a 4-stage intervention process, shortening the journey to achieving Mastery (depicted by the dotted curve) and easing the difficult phases of Culture Shock and Adjustment, experienced by someone in a new environment.

The Framework forms the basis of development of suitable programmes to ease the integration pains and provide a richer, more enduring experience of Singapore, so that the expatriate will reap the full benefits of cross-cultural immersion in Singapore¡¯s rich and diverse cultures, languages, people and systems.

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