by Dr. Dennis White - A basic article on the concept of
culture shock and how it may affect Youth Exchange students. The
article describes stages of culture shock and a typical progression
in a year-long program.
"One World ... or
Many?" by Dr. Dennis White - A presentation of the concept
of developing intercultural sensitivity by moving from ethnocentrism
to ethnorelativism. These concepts, applied to the Rotary Youth
Exchange experience, are developed from work by Dr. Milton Bennett
of Portland State University
Middle Wave of Culture Shock" by Dr. Dennis White - For
many Youth Exchange students, there is a potentially difficult
period of culture shock combined with homesickness that can "hit"
around November or December. This article describes the phenomenon
and attempts to help prepare students, parents, host families and
"It's Time to
Go Home" by Tracy Fordham - A former Rotary exchange student,
now a cultural researcher, shares some thoughts about the end of an
exchange year, and the challenge of determining where "home" really
"So You Think
You're Home Again" by Dr. Dennis White - Observations and
advice for students returning "home" after completion of their
"So You Think
They're Home Again" by Dr. Dennis White - A look at the
returning student phenomenon for and from the parents' perspective.
Things No One Told Me" by Lori Ruhlman - Simultaneously a
mother of an outbound student and a host mother for an inbound, the
author shares her experiences and emotions from both sides of the
Americans Live By" by L. Robert Kohls - Written originally for
foreigners coming to the USA, this article acts as a mirror allowing
Americans to view their own culture through someone else's eyes.
in Intercultural Communications" - Some lessons that can
emerge from cultural awareness exercises, simulation games or other
experiences. Taken from the work of Craig Storti, who has published
several books on the realm of culture.