Does Multicultural Living Promote Split Personalities?

When finding our new selves in adapting to a new culture, we may adapt new and unexpected behaviors. As we switch between these behaviors, it may sometimes feel as if we have split personalities.   In interacting with many who have moved to a different culture, including myself, there is this push and pull factor […]

Indian Culture Awareness for Study Abroad Students

While planning a short-term study abroad program for eleven MSW graduate students from Nazareth College in January 2011, we had the pleasure of consulting with Jennifer Kumar regarding cultural milieu of Kerala, India.   It was important for all participating in the study abroad program to be advised on cultural awareness. Jennifer came highly recommended […]

Solutions to Difficult Situations in the USA

How Did E-mail Coaching Help You? I am an Indian student in the US. I came to know about Jennifer via a youtube video I saw. I wrote to her asking general questions about: 1) How to politely refuse an invitation from an American for a party or other gathering. Since we come from a […]

Authentic Journeys Expert Panel

We often tap in to the expertise of other to build, enhance and conduct our programs. Meet some of our experts below! If you’d like to be in touch with anyone, contact us here.   Our Authentic Journeys’ Expert Panel   Anandi Merchant Anandi was born and raised in Mumbai, India and has been living in the […]

Help With Living In India

Jennifer wrote on her blog INDIA! “I think hands down, this has been one of the hardest things I’ve done, both in terms of work and country. Before coming to India, I met a new friend, Jennifer, who is a cross cultural coach here in India and lives about 2 hours south of me. I […]

Questions to Consider When Thinking To Marry Across Cultures

Read about our adventures here. Would you ever marry across cultures?   Jennifer Kumar, the owner of this blog has some experience in this arena as she is a US citizen with no family ties to India who has married a man from India.  Jennifer has also coached a few cross-cultural, interracial couples in merging families. […]

“India Was One” – Book Review

“India Was One” – Book Review Can love really conquer all? Can love bring together diverse cultures that seem at times to mingle only out of necessity but at other times be forcefully territorial about their differences and claims of originality?   India is a diverse country and one of its mottos is ‘Unity in […]

My Teacher Gave Me The Wrong Grade, What Can I Do?

Have you ever thought, “My teacher gave me the wrong grade, what can I do?”  For international students in the US, there may be something you can do. I will share some ideas below, but it is always ideal to check with the policies and procedures of your college, university or academic department before proceeding. […]

Tips for Expats Relocating to Dubai

‘Tis that time of season when freshly relocated expatriates have more or less settled into the surroundings and situation of their newly chosen home countries. Let’s be honest – even in some of the biggest expat hubs such as Shanghai, or Moscow, and even after some time spent acclimatizing, foreigners are still quite easy to […]

Retain Identity While Adjusting to a New Culture

Is it possible to adjust to a new culture; adapt to new behaviors, expectations and mindset while retaining your cultural identity? Changes will happen as we mature and take up new life roles regardless of living at home or moving abroad. Moving abroad heightens this experience because everyone around us is foreign and behave in […]

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