Culture Shock is a four-stage cycle that most people experience a number of times. It is triggered by the inability of people to adjust and evaluate experiences from the host culturefs perspective. While in Japan, JET participants will experience ways of thinking and actions that differs from, or even conflict with their own. This forces JET participants to re-examine assumptions and social behaviours which were once thought absolute, and may cause discomfort, disorientation and emotional conflicts.
The four stages of culture shock are as follows:
1 Initial Euphoria (Honeymoon Period)
Anything new is intriguing and exciting.
2 Irritation and Hostility (Culture Shock)
JET participants often feel homesick and have negative attitudes towards the host culture.
3 Gradual Adjustment
JET participants start to adjust and the culture seems more familiar.
4 Adaptation and Biculturalism
JET participants are completely adjusted to the host culture and may even experience reverse culture shock upon returning to their home countries.
What are the signs of culture shock?
How do you cope? JET participants should try to: