Live in Chile and experience the best of both worlds! Look no further than this eBook
for an in depth look at the fascinating duality of this Latin American nation. A country with a long history, Chile has managed to adopt an American culture without losing its own essential identity, its traditions and customs.
This report is a fascinating look at the cultural dimensions of Chile. One of the most stable and economically viable nations of South America, Chile has, on the surface, adopted a very 'western' way of life; but underneath this veneer, a Latin American culture subsists.
‘Cultural Dimensions of Expatriate Living and Working in Chile’ peels back the outer layers of skin to reveal the essence of Chilean culture; how to meet and greet, how not to offend, how to get to grips with the essential dominance of the male (machismo) in society. "Greetings tend to be personalized, attentive, complete and long. Personal recognition matters." All this information will help you to assimilate more easily within Chilean society. Don't expect a step-by-step guide to the mechanics of relocating to Chile, but instead, immerse yourself in a well constructed account of the nuances of the culture.
This is a guide for North Americans who are planning for a long-term experience in Chile and who are serious about developing the kinds of personal relationships that will make them an integral part of the Chilean community. If you are planning a sojourn in Chile you have no doubt already read up on many of the practical matters – how to rent or buy an apartment or a house, find a job, buy a car, pay your utility bills, start a business, get around Santiago, open a bank account, etc. This guide is a natural complement to all that nuts & bolts planning. In “Cultural Dimensions – Chile” you will, perhaps for the first time, begin to understand what you need to know to manage human relationships in every conceivable situation you will encounter, from ordering a meal in a restaurant to supervising an employee, from obtaining a permit from a government official to forming friendships with people you want to get close to
If you are working for a corporation or setting up a business, you will find the section on Supervisor-Employee relationships useful. Bill Drake expounds the theories of Fons Trompenaars, a Dutch cross cultural researcher, who presents extensive data to support his theories on cultural differences in the workplace; univeralism v particularism, individualism v collectivism and so on.
With a well explained historical outline, the author shows how Chile has emerged as a political and financial force to be reckoned with in the 21st century.
Geographically, Chile is in a major earthquake zone and there is a comprehensive appendix on earthquake safety. Likewise in the appendix an in depth report on how to deal with culture shock. From the ‘Honeymoon Period’ through the downturns to ‘Things Get Getter’ Bill Drake shows you how to recognize the physical manifestations of the stress you may feel when making a big move. Would-be expatriates will find this an invaluable resource; relocating isn’t all about moving, much of it is about ‘fitting in’ and this report will give you the confidence to really give your new life a chance.
Although written essentially from a North American perspective, most of the content of the report will be pertinent to other nationalities considering Chile as a new home.