The unicorn of Niigata

Before leaving for the summer, the graduate program required each member of my cohort to profile the country they intended to visit. It certainly makes sense, since it’s important to understand exactly what you’re getting into when traveling abroad. However, I must admit that I didn’t fully consider the relevance of certain components within this…

What Cultural Profile?

This blog post is a little difficult for me, as Dubai, from my experience, doesn’t fit into a category. Prior to my visit, my research indicated that Dubai was high-context society, where lot of contextual information was known about the people with whom one interacts and does business with. While the Arab culture very much…

A Different Approach

By Nakeisha Brownlee After working for 3c Ministries for a full two weeks, I have a gained a greater understanding of how things operate around here.  I know the hierarchy of the church and the roles of the staff members, volunteers and church members.  Before, I had no prior knowledge about how a G-12 ministry…

Communication = culture?

Living in a foreign country can really open your eyes to the differences between two cultures. These differences have become a part of my daily routine and will probably end up causing a bit of confusion upon my return home. In the case of Japan, many people would instantly focus on the use of chopsticks…

The Economic Powerhouse That Is Dubai

While there are many different evolving structures that have a heavy impact on Dubai, the economic structure of the city is seemingly the most influential structure right now. Almost everyone I have met that has lived in Dubai for a number of years, will say “this is all new, this wasn’t here 15 years ago.”…

Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me….in Ireland.

Ireland, most certainly Dublin, is plugged in. Dublin, being the capital city, has a bustling population that has acquired easy access to news, social media, and smartphones.  In the western and more rural areas of Ireland, it is a bit quieter and not as inclined to frequent use social media and technology. However, seeing at…