Many people in New Zealand are born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas. Many have friends and connections overseas due to their OE (overseas experience) and travelling. Even though New Zealand was privileged and at the same time kind of isolated during the pandemic, the worries about family and friends overseas have shown how multicultural and connected to the word the country really is. International trade has never really stopped.This course builds intercultural competency for New Zealand as a whole, as an originally bicultural country, nowadays shaped by many cultural influences. And yet, it is a culture specific course focusing on New Zealand, and the bicultural aspects make the course so exciting and deep. This course links cross-cultural theory, research and findings to the New Zealand cultureand helps you see the country through a different lens. No matter what culture(s) you call your own, your own cultural lens will be incorporated into the course and make it spicy. The course is highly interactive, and cross-cultural interactions are part of the programme. This practical course allows participants to use real-time activities to test out and extend individual cultural competency.
- Giving and receiving feedback and communicate without losing face
- Relationship Management
- Teamwork and leadership – meetings, planning, timeliness, reliability, group effort, hierarchical structures
- DOs und DON’Ts
Learning objectives and benefits
- Discuss basic facts and societal background and history to better understand „the kiwi soul“.
- Understand the importance of intercultural communication and how values influence interactions with others.
- Recognise your own cultural lens and how you apply it in everyday life to your cross-cultural interactions in New Zealand.
- Receive essential practical information to improve your experience of living and working in New Zealand.
- Develop strategies to better communicate in a New Zealand context (and potentially around the world).
- Develop the knowledge, skills, and self-awareness to work effectively with people in New Zealand – in your private and business life
The 12 hours include discussion, peer learning, and practical activities. The programme uses action-learning principles and “training from the back of the room”. There will be prep work between most modules.
The course will be run out of New Zealand.
6 x 2 hours = 12 hours, 8-10am CEST, 6-8pm NZST.
You can find some cross-cultural information about New Zealand here and there, often from academic sources. Silke Noll has written the first cross-cultural book about the New Zealand culture as a whole: “New Zealand – My Adopted Home: A cross-cultural trainer’s personal portrayal of New Zealand and Germany – and what it’s like to live between two worlds.” Also available in German language.