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How Virtual Reality can Help with Culture Shock

Culture shock can strike expats unexpectedly when they move overseas for an assignment, particularly when they are expecting their new home country to be very similar to the one they left behind because of distance or language similarities. Culture shock can lead to homesickness, a lack of self-confidence, insomnia, anger, or even depression and there is no quick fix to adjust to life abroad but preparation can help.

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Virtual reality tools can help pre-arrival to encourage you to consider and learn how different life will be in your host country. By touring a virtual world, the visual immersion allows you to experience firsthand, in a safe environment, how a city looks; the architecture, shop fronts, a new language on billboards, the public transport network and the type of amenities available.

Training packages using virtual reality software are widespread, encompassing a range of scenarios such as military simulations, therapy for disorders and phobias and workplace situations. Cultural training material is also available in the form of computer simulation and virtual games. Simulation tools help expats to understand the differences they will face in communication, lifestyle, daily routines and mindset, to help ease the transition to a new country.

Virtual reality tools also provide an environment for interactive and engaging language training, with virtual worlds promoting listening comprehension in a foreign language and providing the opportunity to practice what you have learnt in real scenarios such as pharmacies, train stations and shops, as well as meet others learning the same language. This technique of language training is particularly effective because it is wholly immersive, accessible for the whole family and can begin before you move overseas. When you touch down in a new country, you already possess the basic language skills to understand signs and get by in basic social situations, making you feel more comfortable in your new environment from day one.

A visit to a virtual city opens up a social network to you in your host country too. It allows expat organisations, social clubs and networks to promote their activities to you so that you can be aware of groups and events before you arrive. You can also interact with other expats prior to relocating; ask advice and information about life in the destination city and make friends that you can meet up with when you arrive abroad. Social interaction in the anonymity of virtual worlds helps break down barriers that can exist in a real life situation and a network waiting for you in your new home supports the adjustment to life overseas.

The Chamber of Commerce and companies relevant to your expat needs are also able to have a presence in a virtual world, putting you in touch with contacts and services that may be useful to you during your relocation, or after.

Widening your network and contacts before you arrive overseas contributes to you feeling more comfortable on arrival, and helps you to know where to turn when you need a helping hand.

Source: http://www.ExpatFinder.com

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ExpatFinder.com Launches Rich Features for CASH strapped EXPATS

ExpatFinder.com launches product comparison and quotation request features to help expatriates find cost effective solutions in recessionary times.

More expats are now facing greater challenges abroad as a result of cut backs caused by the economic recession. ExpatFinder.com are addressing these needs in five key products channels which are Housing & Real Estate, Finance, Insurance, Relocation services and Education. The services are introduced in a new product comparison and quotation request offering as part a major design overhaul of ExpatFinder.com.

Singapore July 6, 2009. Interexpat Pte. Ltd., the Singapore headquartered Internet services company today launched a revamped website to help expatriates save time and money by comparing a wide range of products and services: http://www.expatfinder.com

The one stop website for people on the move or already living abroad is free and articulates around five main products channel: Housing and real estate, Finance, Insurance, Relocation services and Education covering over 30 lines of products and services.

Featuring a simple product and service search interface, ExpatFinder provides its users access to a comprehensive selection of products and detailed information needed to make the moving process easier, life abroad less challenging and more cost effective.

ExpatFinder.com leveraged on the successful launch of its vertical information search engine end of August 2008 that cumulated over 1.5 million visits since then. Following an extensive research and testing period looking at user behavior and needs, the new website offers now content rich information and direct application features.


“The expats are commonly utilizing comparison websites in their home country. For example, sites like Moneysupermarket.com, Uswitch.com and others have proven to be a great solution when searching for products and services. With ExpatFinder.com we have decided to offer the same approach so that our users could compare all the products and services they need wherever they relocate around the world and find the best possible deals” said co-founder Francois Deschamps.

The expatriates have been hit hard by the economic downturn and the comparison site is expected to help them save money in their relocation process as well as in their everyday life abroad locally.

Companies are reducing expat packages, cutting down allowances therefore changing the way the expatriates have to manage their relocation and overseas everyday life. A large number of expatriates have to shop around on the basic requirements like international insurances or banking services. With ExpatFinder.com the user is able to handle all the aspects of his life abroad in a cost effective way and ultimately make the assignment a success” adds Sébastien Deschamps, co-founder, Interexpat.

The new website comes with an extensive offering of detailed tips and advice articles as well as more than 40 free downloadable city guides to help the international employees and their families in every step of their move and life abroad.

About Interexpat & ExpatFinder.com

French and French-American co-founders Francois and Sébastien Deschamps are currently working on innovative solutions for the expatriate populations around the world. ExpatFinder.com was created to bring support to people and families in global transition or with international lifestyles. ExpatFinder.com is managed by their co-founded Singapore based company: Interexpat Pte Ltd.. For more information visit: http://www.expatfinder.com

Media contact: Andrew Peters The Pacific West Communications m:+65 94519012 e: andrew@thepacificwest.com

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Enjoy Events Business like working in China, HKG or Middle East – itsReal

Are you Looking for a new opportunity, interested in working in China, Hong Kong or the Middle East, maybe Info Salons has the opportunity you are seeking.


The Info Salons Group are looking for Senior Executives, preferably with Event Registration Services experience, to work in our international offices in China, Hong Kong or the Middle East.


Jo-Anne Kelleway


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