Sint Eustatiusius(Netherlands)

St.Eustatius also known as Statia is part of the Caribbean Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but English is the “language of everyday life” on the island and education is solely in English. An English based creole is also spoken. Tourism is a big part of the economy , but trade also flourishes in a host of other area.
St. Eustatius is culturally a mix of European and Carribbean influences, and is a family oriented society. Also, rank and connections are important, though the culture is more relaxed than some. It’s important to recognize the history of the territory, and the transient nature of many of its inhabitants when considering how to relate well with the culture. Below you will find a video about the territory and surrounding islands.

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Sint Eustatius Tourism. (2017). Sint Eustatius. Retrieved from
World Atlas. (2017). Sint Eustatius. Retrieved June 22, 2017, from

Blog Updates of the Week

Here’s our roundup of some interesting blog posts for this week. Note: We don’t necessarily endorse any of the authors or their perspectives.

Bilingualmadrid. (2017, May 03). Unit 2 – Summary. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from
Brennan, C. (2017, May 04). Here are preexisting conditions you could pay more for under AHCA. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from
Catalejoweb. (2017, April 28). Jam de improvisación. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Chassagne, N. (2017, May 01). Home is where the heart is. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

ClearingCustoms. (2017, April 26). When It’s Hard to Want to Want to Be Back [at A Life Overseas]. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

DrFitnessIn. (2017, May 05). Runner’s knee. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Expatpowerlifterrandommusings. (2017, May 04). 5 hard-earned tips for alleviating culture shock. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Gingabrasileira. (2017, May 03). Cook of the week. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Harmony. (2017, April 26). Featured Parents: Why boarding school? Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Heater, B. (2017, May 05). Will science and good shoes help break the two-hour marathon barrier this weekend? Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Hoerster, A. (2017, May 03). Vulnerability. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Intercoolturality. (2017, May 03). Nómadas del siglo XXI. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

‘Intuitive’ prosthetic hand sees what it’s touching. (2017, May 05). Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

James, A. (2017, May 04). Do we consider the person as a whole – Shawley by now? Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Jnbaldonado. (2017, April 29). Parenting is a Cultural Thing. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

J∆mes, M. (2017, May 05). How We Make Choices | Robert Sapolsky. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Kaufmann, B. K. (2017, May 05). Kayakers buoyant over resurrection of flood-ravagedHarvie Passage. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

KimViNa. (2017, May 03). Alcohol Consumption. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Lastglass. (2017, May 05). Another tale from the father and son toilet conversations: The bidet-driven society and the ‘others’ Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Marilyn. (2017, May 04). “The Only Way to Go, is To Go Back”. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Mclernon, M. (2017, May 04). Eminently Coachable. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Mdmomsblog. (2017, May 05). Happy World Laughter Day! Here’s Why Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Migreenparty. (2017, May 05). Pre-Existing Condition. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Minimalistgrandma, /. (2017, May 05). Blackberry Winter. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Mountainstomainstreetblog. (2017, May 04). Culture of being an Appalachian Trail hiker. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Nacklo. (2017, May 05). Where I’m From. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Orthobuzz.jbjs. (2017, May 05). High Rates of Return to Play and Patient Satisfaction after ACL Reconstruction. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Lowkeyblog. (2017, May 05). Diverse people & minds. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Pbrainmd. (2017, May 03). EKG findings in CNS Disorders. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Pinoytransplant. (2017, May 02). Illusive Hope. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Politicsinpink. (2017, May 05). When Trumpcare meets the Gig Economy. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Samiam7132. (2017, May 05). And we’re off… Again. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Shock culturale in Cina. (2017, April 28). Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Stephenhand2012. (2017, May 04). Introvert Power. Psychologist Laurie Helgoe. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

The Typist. (2017, May 04). Dialects. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Whenyouliveinvienna. (2017, May 03). Viennese Coffee Culture. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from


A Few Thoughts on a Rainy Friday

Teaching and training others is a very exhausting, yet rewarding profession. No matter the ages of the people you are training or working with,  there are always behavioral problems and miscommunications. Everyone in a teaching or training position will fail at least once. To fail, as one kindergarten teacher put it to her class, is  your “First attempt at learning.”  Why is it that USA and other cultures do not see that as true?  We expect everyone to be 100% perfect and then we shame those who don’t live up to the impossible standard…

Instead of doing that, why don’t we see growth as a flower garden? It needs constant care, weeding, watering, and sunlight before it can be a thing of beauty.  This is how one develops and grows both personally and professionally.  So let’s go back to the basics of mentorship, and cultivate young employees.  We are online, so we dont’ get a ton of face time with our team in person. However, the time we do get is valued and treasured.  What can you do to cultivate the next generation?

Similarly, client and relationships take care and kindness to become long lasting connections. Let’s stop rushing and take the time to care more about our clients.

I think many of our readers are doing this well, but it’s always a good thing to remind ourselves that there is a balance of patience, kindness, high standards and excellence that must be upheld in our professional lives.


Blog Roundup: Making up for Lost Time…

Hi Everyone,
Finally, we have the opportunity to share our blog roundup for the week. We hope you enjoy.

Altermondeblog. (2017, April 27). Aymara Dancers in Puno, Perú. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Berks lancaster lebanon link. (2017, April 28). “The patients we do not see” – The

Conversation. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Braver Than Before. (2017, April 07). 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Cross-Cultural Trip. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Casimano, A. (2017, April 27). Healthcare Data Breaches: Are Hackers the Only Reason? Retrieved April, 2017, from

Ccoeus. (2017, March 23). 3 Ways a Foot Injury May be Affecting Your Movement. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Cfdpr. (2017, April 13). El libro . Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Clearing Customs. (2017, April 26). When It’s Hard to Want to Want to Be Back [at A Life Overseas]. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Cross Cultural Analysis. (2017, April 20). Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

DZ Fitness. (2017, April 7). How Sports Psychology has Evolved as a Discipline & The Importance of Motivation. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Editor’s Desk. (2017, April 26). What’s coming next ? Scientists identify how the brain predicts speech. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Emma. (2017, April 08). I kayaked to Kenya. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Erica. (2017, April 27). A spring walk…. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Expatpowerlifterrandommusings. (2017, April 22). Stranger in a strange land. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Fromson, C. (2017, April 08). Orthopedic Surgery in low/middle income countries. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Goh, S. (2017, April 17). Victory for Edmonton Oilers is truly a win-win for fans’ health. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Gon555. (2017, April 28). Healthcare for overseas students in USA. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Gon555. (2017, April 28). Five Key Drivers of Medical Tourism. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Gourlay, C. (2017, April 28). Can I trust you? Well it depends….. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Hartke, K. (2017, April 28). What Did Ancient Romans Eat? New Novel Serves Up Meals And Intrigue. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Imamudeen, J. (2017, April 25). When Your Cultural Identity is Adrift. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Isastudentblog. (2017, April 26). The Unforgettable Places of Southern Spain. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Jaz. (2017, April 27). Self Realization. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Jfnet. (2017, April 27). The Brain-Changing Power of Religious Belief. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Justscribingalong. (2017, April 24). Theme of the Day. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Kuhn, R. (2017, April 14). In Transit. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Masters, J. (2017, April 22). Why would a newly-qualified doctor from the UK want to go to Brazil? Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Medivic Aviation Air and Train Ambulance Services. (2017, April 27). Medivic Train Ambulance Services from Patna to Delhi with Paramedical Staff and Life Support Systems avail at Low Fare. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Mgshospital. (2017, April 26). How to reduce the risk of bone loss in menopause? Retrieved April, 2017, from

Musilc. (2017, April 27). Dogs and Music. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Nello, R. J. (2017, April 28). On Vieques Island. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

OrthoFeed. (2017, April 23). Johnson & Johnson Wants to Use 3D Printing to Heal Broken Bones. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Orthofeed. (2017, April 26). Will ASC joint replacements alter the role of implant representatives? Retrieved April, 2017, from

Proclivitiesprinciplewisdom. (2017, April 2). Recognizing What’s Holding You Back. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Simply Well. (2017, April 10). What Keeps Even Pro Athletes at Bay? Retrieved April, 2017, from

Soundofsilencebydj. (2017, April 28). Inner Truth. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Sterling, J. (2017, April 19). Straight, No Chaser: Prevention and Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Thebrightonscreen. (2017, April 25). Sundance Film Festival London – The full Line-up 2017. Retrieved April, 2017, from

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Trotters41. (2017, April 25). Two Things We Need to Teach Our Kids About Sex. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Tyson, A. J. (2017, April 26). The Move Towards Healthcare Blockchains | The Huffington Post. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Unbrokenvoices. (2017, April 28). Kindness is Contagious. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Visana, D. (2017, April 27). Dr. Devshi Visana – Consultant Neurologist in Ahmedabad. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Whimsicalt. (2017, April 26). Home. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Woodjared. (2017, April 21). The Unmagical Trophy. Retrieved April, 2017, from

Zambrotta, L. (2017, April 28). Sailing to Philadephia. Retrieved April 28, 2017, from

Transition, Trauma, Culture Shock, and Crisis

Some people believe that when they make life changes or interact with other cultures that they are unaffected. Others think that they are self- aware and can get through any change or challenge unscathed.  The research begs to differ with this idea.  Do a simple search on any major academic search engine, and you will find thousands of articles dedicated to trauma, culture shock, and crisis.   When changing environments, whether they simply be cities, workplaces, or more complex challenges like families and countries,  it’s vital to remember that you and those who are close to you will go through changes during these periods of transition and culture shock. These changes may even alter your worldview.

Richey (2015) had a very helpful article on culture shock in 2015, which we have included in the reference section below.  It also includes a wonderful visual on culture-shock/transition that we are reproducing here. Most people would only think of this map when it comes to the death of a loved one or other major crisis, but it does apply to culture-shock and transition.


When diverse cultures interact closely with one another, there are bound to be miscommunications and confusions, which can lead to losing confidence and crises.  It’s important for workplaces to be aware of those culture shocks, transitions, and problems, and work towards ethical solutions that are culturally sensitive.  This week, we will probably do our research post on this topic so you can read more.

It’s important for all employers to learn about cultural transitions and work with their employees to ensure their well-being.

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017


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Tokelau (New Zealand)

Tokelau is an island territory of New Zealand in Southeast Asia that is sometimes referred to as the Union Islands. The United Nations declared it a non-self-governing territory in 2007. Tokelau is officially known as a  nation by both its government and New Zealand’s government. The land area is approximately 10 km2 (4 sq mi) and the population is approximately 1,400. Its capital rotates yearly between the three atolls.The most spoken language in the country is Tokelauan.

Many in this country are immigrants, and the population continues to decrease in population. The average life expectancy is 69 years old. Villages are entitled to enact their own laws regulating their daily lives and New Zealand law only applies where it has been extended by specific enactment. Serious crime is rare and there are no prisons — offenders are publicly rebuked, fined or made to work. The head of state is Elizabeth II, the Queen in right of New Zealand, who also reigns over Australia, the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. The Queen is represented in the territory by an acting Administrator. A chairperson presides over the Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau, which functions as a cabinet. The Council consists of the faipule (leader) and pulenuku (village mayor) of each of the three atolls.  The Administrator is appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand, and the office of Head of Government rotates between the three faipule for a one-year term.

Tokelau is a leader in renewable energy. Also, it’s original vegetation has been replaced by coconut plantations, some of which have become abandoned and turned into forests. The atolls are very diverse in wildlife and it is a shark sanctuary.  Fishing, shipping and farming are still very important. Tokelau also exports handicrafts, stamps, woodworking, and coins.  It is almost completely dependent on the New Zealand government because its economy is so small. Many Tokelauans live in New Zealand and support their families in Tokelau through remittances. There is no airport there either.

Here are some tips for those planning to live or do business on the islands:

        1. Historically, the culture was very communal and governed by clans. Family ties, saving face, and sticking up for the clan are still very important.
        2.  Tokelauans are now one of the most socio-economically deprived Pacific groups. This is very significant in its impact on the culture’s perception of itself.
        3.  Western and traditional cultural ideals are embraced. The society was based on animistic traditions, but now it has become more of a mix.
        4. Community and respect and care for the elderly are very important.  Children are raised by the community. Families often live with their extended families.
        5. Chivalry in the best sense is practiced in many families, and respect for self and others is encouraged.
        6. Money is seen as being important but not the most important thing in life.
        7. An egalitarian ethic overrides differentials in wealth. Rich people contribute generously to village and family enterprises and avoid ostentatious displays of affluence.
        8. Virtually all residents enter into sanctified, lifelong monogamous marital unions. Individual choice is constrained by kin group exogamy.
        9. Anamism and Fundamentalist Christianity (Catholic and Protestant) are the most popular religions. Sometimes syncretism between the two are practiced.

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©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017