Exchanging our culture, learning yours

There are many benefits to integrating cultural exchange into a workplace. It not only provides an international presence on the scene but also provides an opportunity to create an environment where employees can learn a new culture and share their personal heritage, customs and culture. It's creating your space in a new place.


To participate in an exchange program is to travel, to discover, to extend on new horizons and especially to learn. An opportunity also to be able to know more about other countries that even you did not know before, but still more and more about your country.


A cultural exchange is when you are a foreigner and you introduce yourself, you have to speak joyously of your country, to make this little presentation of your dear country whenever finally it resembles a small recitation in your head.  Not only present your country, but also be curious about what others know about your country and what they think.
But what amuses us most is this little comparison of our country to the film "Madagascar" every time we introduce ourselves, these faces so surprised when we talk about "Famadihana" (the excavation of a corpse) or say aloud our full names followed by "what? What? Can you repeat?".

Look at this video, we see Magnus Hovd, Ida Westerhus and Roger McKellar who are our office colleagues. They were asked to read our full names and wish a merry Christmas in Malagasy:

 

They meant Maeva Nancy Razafindrakoto, Ny Aina Jonathan Andriasolonirina from Madagascar wish you a merry Christmas !! :)

Maeva and Aina from Madagascar wish you a merry christmas :)

Maeva and Aina from Madagascar wish you a merry christmas :)

 

And as it is an exchange, we also try to read some names that they have asked us to read. Aina read it while trying to have the right pronunciation (I'm not sure that it sounds the real norvegian) :

 

Aina tried to read this:

 

God jul :)

God jul :)

The exchange of culture does not require much, we do it through what we usually do. Just talking about Madagascar to the people around us already has one. When we are at a party, or in a group, we try to make listen to malagasy nusic to the people around us, we ask them to follow us by dancing "Kilalaky" or "Afindrafindrao".

We try to learn a little about all the cultures around us wich is our daily life, from Norway, Africa, Middle East, Nepal to Colombia.

Sebastian is teaching me how to cook a typical Colombian dish which took some time to prepare...

Sebastian is teaching me how to cook a typical Colombian dish which took some time to prepare...

And finally, this is the typical dish colombiana: plantain banana, salsa sauce, guacamole and chicken. Thank you it was super delicious :)

And finally, this is the typical dish colombiana: plantain banana, salsa sauce, guacamole and chicken. Thank you it was super delicious :)

Shabnam taught me how they use henna at home, and I also tried to draw on her fingers :)

Shabnam taught me how they use henna at home, and I also tried to draw on her fingers :)

Here is a video where Sebastian in Malagasy, Johan Sebastian in French, Shabnam in Spanish and Aina in Norwegian wish you all a merry Christmas and already a very beautiful year:

Not to say that one is indifferentiated of this culture but to discover and to live this difference, it is cultural exchange.

Not to say that one is indifferentiated of this culture but to discover and to live this difference, it is cultural exchange.

Know the customs of a foreign country and experience another culture on the fly! By immersing yourself in the daily life of another country, not only does the door open to a new culture, but you also discover new perspectives for yourself.

 

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