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Riding a Vespa and the power of intercultural training

coaching, Expat, global mobility, intercultural learning, intercultural sensitivity, TCK / By Elisabeth "Elle" Weingraber-Pircher

“The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new lands, but of seeing with new eyes”, said Marcel Proust. The significance of these words hit me one day riding my new red Vespa along an old canal in Milan avoiding the jammed main roads and feeling very “dolce vita”. It occurred to me that getting on a scooter after years behind a steering...

Intercultural Learning – giving birth and dealing with health issues on the move

Birth, Expat, health, intercultural learning, intercultural sensitivity, TCK / By Elisabeth "Elle" Weingraber-Pircher

tckTCI loved and still do love Brazil. There is no other place in the world I know that is as friendly and welcoming as Brazil. Besides all the problems, it is still filled with “alegria” (joy) and a focus on understanding your particular situation and helping you find creative solutions to “impossible” problems. I guess Brazilians also have their fair share of practice in...

Intercultural Learning – moving with and beyond stereotypes

Expat, intercultural learning, intercultural sensitivity / By Elisabeth "Elle" Weingraber-Pircher

One thing that became clear was that the more I moved around and interacted with people from different cultures, the stronger my stereotypes became. Given that I was now in daily contact with many different people from all over the world, I needed to have some quick guidelines about what to say and how to say it, what to focus on, what small talk...

Intercultural Learning – research and “real” work

Sem categoria / By Elisabeth "Elle" Weingraber-Pircher

By now, I had started dating an Italian from the South Tyrol, the formerly Austrian-Hungarian, and thus German speaking, part of the Tyrol. He had just graduated and accepted a first job assignment in Dubai. I saw the perfect opportunity to explore the world some more. With some Austrian networking I landed a job as a Junior Quality Consultant in a small firm preparing...

Intercultural Learning – the return back “home”

exchange student, intercultural learning, intercultural sensitivity, return culture schock / By Elisabeth "Elle" Weingraber-Pircher

Next episode in my life long intercultural learning journey... Before I could go off exploring the world, I had to return back “home” to Austria to start my university degree in Business Administration with a focus on International Management. Coming back “home” was quite an experience. While I had been prepared to deal with differences going to the US, I was...