The Best Website about Countries and Their Cultures

If you are going to Nepal –or any country a Canadian might go to—to work or live, and want grassroots insights, the Canadian Centre for Intercultural Learning is your one-stop shop.

This is THE BEST site I know of in terms of exploring life and work in a range of countries/cultures, mostly BECAUSE it gives verbatim reports about Work and the Workplace from Local Insiders and Canadians living in-country.

http://www.international.gc.ca/cil-cai/country_insights-apercus_pays/countryinsights-apercuspays.aspx?lang=eng
[Hint: “Country Insights” leads you to “Country Information”]

WHAT WE LIKE >> Cultural Information*
For each country, specific issue questions (e.g., workplace conflict) are asked and then answered first by a Local and also by a Canadian who has lived there.
See details below.

The General Layout   3 headings for each Country with my rating:
Country Facts – 4 of 5 stars
Cultural Information – 5 of 5 stars
Overview – 2 of 5 stars

Country Facts [web surf below the surface]
Six of eight tabs :: History : Geography : Culture : Politics : Economy : Media :: link to websites. Many of these are in-country sites.

Cultural Information [Wow! Real answers from real people!]
The site says: “For each country, two perspectives are provided: one by a Canadian and the other by a person born in the selected country. By comparing the ‘local point of view’ with the ‘Canadian point of view’, you will begin to form a picture of that country’s culture.”

The same 16 questions are asked and answered on each Country page.
8 of the 16 Questions are about WORK:

  • What should I know about the workplace environment (deadlines, dress, formality, etc.)?
  • What qualities are most highly regarded in a local superior/manager?
  • In the workplace, how are decisions taken [made] and by whom?
  • Briefly describe the local culture’s attitudes regarding the following: Gender, Class, Religion and Ethnicity. What impact would the above attitudes have on the workplace?
  • How important is it to establish a personal relationship with a colleague or client before getting to business?
  • Would a colleague or employee expect special privileges or considerations given our personal relationship or friendship?
  • I have a work-related problem with a colleague. Do I confront him or her directly? Privately or publicly?
  • What motivates my local colleagues to perform well on the job?

NOTE: After the last question, which is — What stereotypes do Canadians have about the local culture that might be harmful to effective relations? – you can read the backgrounds of the Local and the Canadian who lives there and just answered these questions.

Overview [ho-hum]
Includes basic stats that you can find elaborated extensively in the CIA World Factbook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2119rank.html).

 

 

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Developing BAM Cross-Cultural so that Business As Mission is skilled culturally. Alongside insightful West African leaders who train workers to be carefully cross-cultural as they go making disciples. Engaging work and research inside cultures, American education systems, mission agencies. Towards learning, teaching, communicating, being anthropological and being with others to make disciples for Jesus who lives. Via UPenn, UMd, West LondonUK, AccraGhana, PortlandOR, TrentonNJ, PhilaPA,TowsonMD.
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