Culture Shock

Arriving in Canada - Culture Shock


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Culture shock is a common way to describe the confusing and nervous feelings you may experience after leaving your familiar culture to live on your own in a new country and with a new family. You will face and feel a lot of changes.

This can be exciting and stimulating, but it can also be overwhelming. You may feel sad, anxious, frustrated, lonely, and you may even want to go home.

It is worth noting that the host family may have had little or no experience in another culture, so they may experience some culture shock themselves.

As a newcomer to Canada, you will go through a predictable sequence of stages in adjusting to your new circumstances. The adjustment phase can take can take up to 2 to 3 months. In most cases though, it takes a lot less time to adjust to your new environment. You may go through some or all of the stages below.


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