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1 What is a re-orientation? This is a way to join together and reflect on your experience so far, where you are and where you are going, and to remind you about your safety while living abroad.



4 Think of an encounter with the Italian culture (or an Italian person). How did it cause you to reflect on your personal and cultural identity? What were some of the differences with your home culture? Similarities? Personal Experiences

5 WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? To seek out a greater diversity of friends? To increase self-confidence? To learn Italian? To understand your own cultural values and biases? To acquire skills that influence a career path? Why did YOU come to Rome? How can your goals improve further?

6 Ive Identified my goal….now what??? If you dont set a goal, you wont know when youve reached it. Studies have proven that the most successful people have set their goals and made specific plans on reaching them, even to the point of imagining what it will feel like when they reach their goal. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. Vince Lombardi Vince Lombardi The GROW Model Goal – identify your goal Reality – identify your reality Options – identify your options Will – have the will to follow the best option that will lead you to your goal

7 GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR EXPERIENCE Experience different aspects of your host culture Volunteer – its not too late Practice language proficiency Conduct research Gain professional contacts in your host country… Network!

8 Think about marketing yourself and how you will verbalize the skills youve gained abroad for your resume

9 New skills What new skills have you learned? What do you hope to learn?

10 Possible Skills gained while Studying Abroad: Cross-cultural communication Analytical experience Flexibility Familiarity with local customs Ability to adapt to new surroundings Language proficiency Intercultural competence Research experience Self-reliance Perseverance Diversity tolerance Assertiveness Independence Knowledge of history and customs


12 Culture Shock For the first three days that Kelly York was abroad, she says she was in tears most of the time. Then, she started noticing some of the charming aspects of the small Italian town where she lived. It didn't take long before she was in love with Italy. Soon afterward she hit bottom again and was sick of anything Italian. Everything annoyed her and she couldn't wait to leave. Then, sure enough, when she only had a few months left, she felt guilty because she didn't miss home and wanted to stay in Italy. "You'll either love or hate where you are," York reflects. "You'll think you're in the clear, and then you're into the next phase.

13 Stages of Culture Shock Rhinesmiths Ten Stages of Adjustment 1. initial anxiety 2. initial elation 3. initial culture shock 4. superficial adjustment 5. depression-frustration 6. acceptance of host culture 7. return anxiety 8. return elation 9. re-entry shock 10. Reintegration Where are you? What have you already experienced? How do you know?

14 Coping strategies Keep in regular touch with family and friends. Not only can you let others know what's happening as events occur, but the interaction with folks back home prepares you for reentry. "I shared my experiences with my family and friends all the way through my time in Australia," says Page Felini, a civil engineering major at the University of Virginia. "There wasn't that six-month gap when I got back, because they knew what I had been through. Get out and experience the culture. Make friends immediately--and not just with Americans. "The key to learning cultural differences is to make local friends," Rosenthal says. While in Hong Kong, she got away from the beaten path and saw foreign films and went to museums and festivals in order to quickly become familiar with the city and its people. Keep a journal while you're abroad. "That helped me a lot," reflects Hoag. Though it was hard to verbalize to others what she experienced, her journal provided a concrete way to record her observations and, as a result, to contemplate her growth.


16 REMEMBER: Take off your shoes and wear slippers in the home (dont stomp when you walk) Dont slam the doors Dont talk too loudly / move furniture / wash clothes / bang pots and pans especially after 10pm No parties No bottle collections

17 PRECAUTIONS: Close all windows, shades and lock doors whenever you leave the apartment Dont walk home alone at night Dont invite strangers into the home Dont drink in excess -it makes you vulnerable!

18 VIOLATION OF SAI POLICIES You will receive one official warning for excessive noise, excessive drinking and other behavioral issues. If the behavior continues, you will be put on probation and your home University will be contacted. In more serious cases, there will be no more warnings; you will be immediately evicted and expelled.

19 NEXT HOUSING INSPECTION Tuesday, MARCH 27th Check your email for the times


21 SAFETY PROCEDURES If there is a crisis: SAI staff will contact you immediately You should contact your family immediately SAI staff will be in contact with the U.S. Embassy and Protezione Civile for updates and proper procedures to take Keep emergency card and ID card on you at all times If you cannot contact SAI, contact JCU or the U.S. Embassy Listen to local radio and television for updates Remain calm and stay with SAI students or representatives Follow instructions of the local government authorities

22 TIPS ON KEEPING A LOW PROFILE Avoid crowds and spending time in American hangouts. Avoid speaking loudly in English when walking with groups of other Americans. Avoid dressing in an overtly American style (e.g. baseball caps on backwards, American college sweatshirts). Exercise care when giving information about the SAI program and its location. Keep abreast of local news through TV, radio and newspapers. Act in a respectful manner towards the local population, its customs, and its culture.

23 Please make sure that you or one of your friends fills out the travel form to let us know where you will be. This is VERY important so that we can locate you if need be – just follow the link we sent you: itinerary. itinerary


25 We are here for you! Feeling sick? Well make you a doctors appointment. Remember to keep all receipts for reimbursement Feeling homesick, sad or confused? Talk to us or see the counselor. Roommate issues? Come to us and well look for a solution Travel advice? Weve got some tips. Anything else? Well do our best to help you out!

26 Share your favorite places with other SAI students INTERACTIVE MAPS Send a photo and a description / quote to

27 PHOTO CONTEST Get your photo published on the SAI website! Send your photo to 1st Place: $40 Visa Card 2nd Place: $25 Visa Card


29 SAI Events to Come… Remember to look for event sign ups. Bring a 10 Euro deposit to SAI office to reserve your spot! March 10 – Vineyard and Wine Tasting March 30 – Orvieto Day Trip April 2 – Cooking Lesson April 14 – Vineyard and Wine Tasting April 22 – Appia Antica Bike Ride April 24 – Opera Night – Barber of Seville May 4 – Farewell Dinner


31 DO YOU LOVE IT HERE? Stay in Rome for Summer with JCU or learn Italian at Italiaidea language school… OR try our Florence, Siena, Sorrento, Turin, London or Milan Programs! Speak with us about your options Check with your University Enroll through SAIs Admission officer


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