Chapter Four: Table of Contents
Culture in the Workplace: What can you learn about cultural interaction in the workplace?
From Jan's Journal: Learn about Jan's experience at the local AIDS clinic where she works.
Concept of Power: Consider the notion of "power distance".
Trust: Reflect on the lessons learned by a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala.
Dialogues: What misunderstandings might arise when a Peace Corps Volunteer does not recognize power distinctions?
Cross-Cultural Dialogue: Read about a Peace Corps Volunteer's experience on her first day of teaching.
Attitude Toward Uncertainty and the Unknown: How do people respond to the uncertainty of life?
Dialogues: Study evidence of high and low uncertainty avoidance.
No Legs: Read about the difficulty one Peace Corps Volunteer encounters while trying to get her project started.
The Source of Status: What is the difference between "achieved" or "ascribed" status?
Workplace Values: Compare host country and American views concerning power in the workplace.
Observing the Workplace: Follow and observe someone working in your host country.
You Americans: What are the feelings of Host Country Nationals who work with Americans?
Pacing: Respond to a situation where a Peace Corps Volunteer has trouble adjusting to the work ethic in the host country.
Turning the Tables: Put yourself in the place of Host Country Nationals working with American Peace Corps Volunteers.
Turning the Tables Part Two: Which factors work in favor of American Volunteers?
From Jan's Journal- An Analysis: Read Jan's journal entry again, keeping in mind the new things you just learned about culture.