US Culture Awareness Training in India
Posted On: October 27, 2015
Successful Cross Cultural & Expat Preparation Training Program in India
Between October 27, 2014 and December 2018, we prepared over 2,000 UST to-be expat team members to travel and relocate to the US for work through the US Cultural Awareness Training Program (USCAT). This program created by Authentic Journeys in partnership with UST and its training affiliates readied the associates for their short and long-term business trips onsite to over a dozen locations the US.
UST Global has four locations in India – Kochi (Infopark), Trivandrum (Technopark), Bangalore (Prestige Shantiniketan), and Chennai (ASV Suntech Park). During the launch of the USCAT at each location (Kochi launch groups, photographed, below), center heads and site managers took time from their busy schedules to introduce the program and express it’s importance to the business process. This communicates a commitment to cross-cultural understanding company wide. (Note the collage below. The image with the mustard background was taken in Chennai. In this image, I stand with the participants and the center head, standing next to me, below)
What does UST do?
According to the UST Website
With the right talent and tools, we craft disruptive solutions, and provide the resources and expertise clients need to bring them to life.
More about UST here.
Who attends this training?
Typically associates attending this training have at five to 25 years experience in the IT sector. A majority of participants have been working on virtual, software teams with U.S. counterpart and clients for at least a few years. This trip prepares a majority of the participants for their first expat assignment to the U.S.
What do participants learn in this training?
This instructor-led section of the USCAT prepares associates for practical realities of interactions in the American office and society. The current syllabus is listed below.
Expat Preparation & Cross-Cultural Training Syllabus Outline
(Can be tailored to your team’s needs.)
Meet, Greet & Get to Know
- Handshakes & Body Language Tips
- Small Talk Workshop- Avoidable, Acceptable & Cautionary Topics
- Small Talk Demos- How to handle unknown delicate or taboo topics
- Small Talk Role Plays- Handling diversity, inclusion, group discussions
Getting There & Getting Around
- Packing bags & traveling there
- Visa and Immigration Safety
- Getting around in the US- Public & private transport
- Personal Safety
- Finding a Place to Live- Leases & housing tips
- How to identify a good neighborhood, school district, daycare
- Weather, time & season
- Weather and average temperatures – Clothing needed
- Time zones & daylight saving time
Basic Expectations – In the Office & Society
- Time management
- Dress codes
- Body language & personal space
- Different kinds of meetings
- Meal-time and restaurant etiquette
- Public Hygiene & Restroom Etiquette
- Going to an American’s House
American Holidays Activity
Participants create conversations between onsite and offshore colleagues about common American Holidays
More photos of USCAT Training & Participants
More photos – Trainees and Training Facilities 2014
2015 Photos of participants and office parks – Technopark, Bangalore (Prestige Shantiniketan)
Thank you to the staff of UST Global, GAMA and Mentor Global for the continued success of this project. Of course, none of this is possible without the enthusiastic participants. Thank you to everyone!
This training program, facilitated by Jennifer Kumar (photo, right) is also available for your offshore teams preparing for their onsite assignments and business ventures. Contact us to discuss and plan your team’s session today!