Adjusting to life in a new country while managing daily tasks in a foreign language can be tough. Allow yourself several weeks to acclimate to your new home and routines. Soon things will become easier and enjoyable.
Although you may be tempted to spend all your time with friends from your own country, try to meet Americans and practice your English. The more you practice the better you will get. You may start dreaming in English!
Americans are friendly and curious about foreign visitors. Most Americans like to make new friends and you may find yourself invited to barbecues and other favorite summer activities.
Most of the IENA staff have lived and worked abroad and we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to give us a call.
The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Exchange Programs also has some helpful information and tips for managing culture shock.