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Puerto Rico Events 2013: Mark your calendars!

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already here! As we bring in the new year, I’d like to call your attention to some of the upcoming events taking place in Puerto Rico this year. Make plans to attend one or all! These events are sure to please!

 

Festival de  la Calle de San Sebastian

This street festival takes place in Old San Juan and marks the official end of the Christmas holiday season. During the day attendees visit the booths of artisans selling their crafts while vejigantes wander the streets in their brightly colored costumes and masks. At night the area comes alive with bands of all kinds. Dancing

and partying until the morning hours can be expected. This is a very popular festival, which means that getting into the area can be difficult. Taking public transportation from one of the designated park and ride areas is advised.

Carnaval

Every year the city of Ponce shines with the celebration of Carnaval. This week-long celebration begins February 6th and lasts until the 12th, welcoming the season of Lent. Although other towns also have celebrations, Ponce’s festival is said to be the most authentic display of Puerto Rican culture. Vejigantes walk through the town on stilts to the tunes of bomba and plena music. Their costumes include papier mache horned-masks and cow bladders that they use as noisemakers. Kids and adults will enjoy the enthusiasm of this cultural experience!

 

World Baseball Classic

It’s back for the first time in five years! The World Baseball Classic Tournament will kick off with a series of games here in San Juan. Games are slated for March 7th-10th at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium near Plaza Las Americas. Competitors include: the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Spain, and hometown favorite, Puerto Rico. Many major leaguers come out to play for their respective home countries so this is a great chance to see top players in a local venue. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketpop centers or on their website.

International Salsa Congress

If your new year’s resolutions include getting in shape, this would be a great time to start taking salsa lessons. By the time the International Salsa Congress comes at the end of July, you’ll be a professional! This event brings together salsa dancers of all ages from around the world to participate in competitions and generally enjoy dancing salsa. The San Juan Hotel and Casino will play host again this year from July 23rd-27th. Even if you would prefer watching to dancing, come on out! You’ll meet people from around the world and witness amazing acts while hearing some of the top salsa bands.

Many more events also take place throughout the island during the year. These include the Puerto Rico Open Golf Tournament, the Heineken Jazz Fest, and the many local patron saints festivals. Check back to see dates for these and other events as details are confirmed.

 

This information is brought to you by Global Perceptions, your relocation specialist in Puerto Rico. Read more of our articles at www.relocationspecialistpuertorico.com. For more information about our services, visit www.globalperceptions.net or call 787.455.7764.

System Evolution or Increased Personal Experience?

Transitioning from one culture to another typically requires multiple visits to government agencies for anything from driver’s licenses to health insurance cards to tax filing procedures. Being an expat in Puerto Rico is no different. Upon arriving in 2006, I was perplexed by the incredible number of steps I had to go through to begin work. The standard driver’s license and social security card were not enough. Instead, I had to have a health exam, prove that I didn’t owe any back taxes on my salary or property (even though I didn’t own property), get recommendation letters, and complete five other official documents requesting personal information.

Being new to the island, I had no idea what these various certifications were, where to find them, or what acronyms like CRIM stood for. I was completely lost. I remember walking into Hacienda in Old San Juan mid-morning and being told that I would have to come back another day because all of the appointments for the day had already filled up. I was aghast. How could all the appointments be filled at 9:30am?!

I also had to visit CRIM (Centro de Recaudación de Ingresos Municipales) which is hidden down an alley-like road in Santurce. I was so lost. Finally I ended up parking my car somewhere I felt safe and walking at least a mile. I still didn’t know where I was going so asked several people along the way until I finally found the office. My broken Spanish helped me get there and then aided me in finding which office I needed. When I got there, the line was incredibly long. It took much longer than I would have expected to get to the counter only to be told that I was in the wrong line. I wanted to cry. I had had enough of this so-called system. Eventually I left with the paper that I needed, but my spirit was completely depleted. I never wanted to experience something like that again.

Six years later, I found myself in a position where I had to obtain a number of similar documents once again. I was told that I needed all of the documents by noon the following day. I thought “You’ve got to be kidding! There’s no way I can do that!” Thinking this mission was literally impossible; I awoke early the next day and ventured out to Hacienda once again. This time I knew to be early. I arrived at 7:15am, found parking immediately, and was the first person in line. The office didn’t open until 8am, but when it did, I entered, asked for the documents, and was out in less than five minutes. You could have knocked me over I was so surprised!

While in the line at Hacienda, I mentioned something about needing to go to CRIM to the woman behind me. She reminded that there is now an office in Cupey where she said I could get through quickly. Thanks to her suggestion, I went to that office and, much to my amazement, was out in about 15 minutes. I was the only person in the first line and the second to pay for the transaction. By 10am I had all my documents, including the health certificate. This experience was the total opposite of my previous experience.

So now I ask you, was my experience proof that Puerto Rican government agencies are becoming more efficient or because I have lived through similar experiences and now know how to work the system? Have you had similar expat experiences? What could Global Perceptions do to help you through that part of your global transition? Write to us and let us know!

These tips are another service provided by your Puerto Rico Relocation Specialist, Global Perceptions. Contact us for additional services by calling 787.455.7764 or by visiting our website www.globalperceptions.net.

The Expat’s Guide to Politics in Puerto Rico: Part I

“Let the wild rumpus start!” This line from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are describes the scene that I witnessed during a Spanish tutoring session over the weekend. The sirens, followed by the muffled sounds of someone supporting their candidate through the microphone were all I needed to assure myself that it’s that time of year. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the political season in Puerto Rico is under way so buckle up and get ready for a bumpy, mud-slinging ride!

If you are an expatriate experiencing your first election season in Puerto Rico, you are in for a real treat. Weekend rallies and caravanas will soon block major thoroughfares creating traffic jams and generally irritating drivers trying to accomplish their daily tasks. These caravanas are made up of as few as five vehicles, but usually are at least twenty cars long with some seeming endless. No matter the size, one thing is for surecaravanas are noisy! Giant speakers mounted on the backs of pick-up trucks or embedded in minivans blast merengue and salsa music or reggaeton, nearly overpowering the message being spread from the lead car to support X or Y candidate. Whistles blow and people scream from their vehicles and along the street as people leave their homes to show their support.

Before even seeing who the supported candidate is, one can tell which party s/he represents just by viewing the oncoming colors. Streamers, posters, and brightly painted vans sport red, blue, green, orange, or purple depending on the party represented. Red represents the Popular Democratic Party (PPD); blue is the color of the New Progressive Party (PNP); green represents the Independent Party (PIP); orange was chosen as the color of the Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Party (PPP), purple indicates a group of supporters of the Worker’s Party (PPT), and the Sovereign Union Movement (MUS) is associated with the color turquoise.

As is the case in many other countries, elections turn dirty quickly across the island. Whether running for mayor, senator, or governor, candidates are quick to swing mud at their opponents, pointing out all of their flaws rather than focusing on the issues of the island. It is during moments like this that politics really does turn into a sport in Puerto Rico. Discussions become heated, sometimes even dividing long-time friends and family members. For this reason, there is a law that no alcohol can be sold from 12am until 9pm on the day of an election even it’s for a referendum and not an actual candidate.

The fact that Puerto Ricans cannot vote for the U.S. President doesn’t keep them from getting involved in their local politics. In fact, they are very passionate about politics. If you are an expatriate or someone else who has recently relocated to Puerto Rico, we suggest that you avoid engaging in political discussions. Foreign opinions are not always welcome. Until you have lived here for several years and really understand the issues, steer clear of this topic. However, you should try to learn about politics on the island because it will explain a lot of why things happen the way they do here. Until you have that knowledge, sit back and wait out the passing caravanas with interest and awe. It will all be over in a few months.

This information is provided to you by Global Perceptions, your Relocation Specialist in Puerto Rico. To take advantage of our special FREE SPANISH TUTORING CONSULTATIONS , contact us TODAY! This offer is only good until September 15, 2012! Visit www.globalperceptions.net or call 787.455.7764 before it’s too late!

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation: Part II

The latest installment in our Relocation, Relocation, Relocation series is here! Count on Global Perceptions to provide you with the tips and advice you need to facilitate your international relocation process in Puerto Rico. Read on to find out what to expect in terms of weather, food, clothing styles, and holiday celebrations.

Weather: Puerto Rico is an island located in the Caribbean Sea where the temperature fluctuates between 80 and 95 degrees during most of the year. The sun shines for a good part of the year while rain takes over at other times. There is little that can be done to prepare yourself for drastic temperature changes other than to purchase lightweight clothing. Air conditioning will be your best friend for awhile, but watch out as electric bills can be very high if the AC runs often. Because of its location, Puerto Rico is also prone to hurricanes. Hurricanes can be scary, but with our tips, you’ll be ready!

Dress: People in Puerto Rico are very conscious of their appearance. Whereas some cultures are laid back in their approach to clothing or hair styles, Puerto Ricans prefer to make positive statements through the use of designer clothing and accessories, paired with fresh haircuts and manicures. Women often dress up and apply make-up to run errands. Men also pay attention to their image. They buff their shoes, starch their shirts, and do a considerable amount of “man-scaping.” If you are ever confused about what to wear to an event, it is recommended to be over-dressed rather than under-dressed.

Food: One of the best things about living in a new culture is trying the different foods. Use this opportunity to try local seafood, plantain side dishes, rum drinks, and custard desserts. Stop at a roadside stand for alcapurrias, bacalaitos, empanadas, or piononos. If you’d rather fill up on fruits than fried foods, there are plenty to choose from as well. Mangos, papayas, pineapple, and guava are widely available depending on the time of year and make great fruit smoothies. Desserts range from flan (vanilla, cheese, guava, among others) to tres leches (3-milk cake) to arroz con dulce (sweet rice). Be adventurous! Try them all!

Holidays: Celebrations are rampant. Anything, small or large, can cause people to gather and toss back a few. If, however, you’re celebrating a major event, months worth of planning may take place prior to the big day. Such celebrations include: your baby’s first birthday and christening, your daughter’s 15th birthday (quinceañera), or a wedding. Such grandiose celebrations can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. Some may see this as a waste of money, but in Puerto Rico such lavish parties are commonplace. Of course not everyone has the money for events like this but for those who do, giving their child the best party ever is paramount on their minds.

 

For more tips and advice on relocation in Puerto Rico, keep reading our blog! More relocation tips are soon to follow! We share what we know to help you through each step of the relocation process.  Feel free to comment and to share your experiences as well! We look forward to hearing from you!

Don’t forget that we are offering FREE CONSULTATIONS for Spanish lessons for both adults and children until September 15, 2012. Contact Global Perceptions TODAY for an appointment! Visit www.globalperceptions.net or call 787.455.7764. 

 

Are You Hurricane Ready? Five Tips to Help You Prepare

If you have never experienced a hurricane before, the first announcement that one is headed toward you can be unnerving. If you were in that situation, would you know what to do? Those new to the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico in particular, should prepare themselves and their family members for such cases. Here are some tips and advice to help your family be ready.

1.      Prepare your outer home

In the event of a hurricane, you want to begin preparations to your home as soon as possible. Bring in all objects that could become flying hazards such as patio furniture,
garbage cans, potted plants, and grills
. If you have no place to put them indoors, make sure they are tied down.

Check the gas supply for your generator. If you are fortunate enough to have a generator, contact your gas supplier early in the season and keep the tank full. Suppliers may run out or not be able to visit for several days due to the high call volume if you wait until the last
minute.

Check your windows. Invest in storm shutters if possible. If not, have wood and nails on hand to board them up.

Contact the authorities if you have trees near power lines. Ask for them to be cut down or removed to prevent lines from falling on your property. If you have issues like this, call the electric company early and often to get someone there before the hurricane season really kicks up.

Clean out drains near your home to allow for proper drainage. Heavy rains can cause rapid flooding, but if the drains are clear, this will help.

Consider harvesting fruits from the trees on your property as they too can become dangerous projectiles.

2.      Prepare your inner home

Most people run to the supermarket within seconds of hearing that a hurricane is coming. Bottled water and canned goods will run out quickly. Your best option, assuming you have the space to do so, is to keep such products on hand year-round. Stock bottled water, canned fruits and vegetables, nuts, juices, powdered milk, snacks, and granola bars.

Take a good look at what’s in your refrigerator and freezer. If the power goes out, how much will you lose? If you can cook things ahead of time, you’ll be able to store them longer on ice, causing you to lose less.

Keep battery operated flashlights and radios on hand as well as candles, matches, and extra batteries. Fill your propane tanks too so that you can cook.

Make a hurricane first aid kit with: bandages, antiseptic sprays, peroxide, anti-itch cream, anti-inflammatory products, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, ice packs, stomach relief medicines, bug spray, and any prescription medications.

Wash clothes before the storm hits to ensure that you have clean clothes in case the water goes out. Encourage your family members to bathe before the storm really hits for the same reason. Invest in wet wipes and facial cleansing cloths to use if you have no water.

Purchase cleaning products ahead of time. Bleach cloths, antiseptic soaps, and sanitizers can keep bacteria from growing in the humid climates.

Be sure that cellular phones and computers are charged. Limit the amount of time you use them in the event that you need them for an emergency.

Unplug major appliances to prevent severe shocks and damage.

3.      Prepare your children

Children will likely be out of school for several days in the case of a strong hurricane. Without electricity, water, or cable, they become bored quickly. Make sure you have games, puzzles, books, and activities on hand to keep them occupied.

Keep children’s medicines handy. Be certain that asthma inhalers and other medications are in full supply. Don’t wait until the last minute to fill prescriptions.

If your children are afraid of the storm, be strong and positive in front of them. Look for the benefits and opportunities to help them stay positive too. Create flashlight games, cook s’mores, or tell stories to keep their minds off the negative.

4.      Prepare your pets

Pets need food and water too. Make sure that you have plenty of both on hand for them. Any medications that they take should also be filled regularly.

Many pets become anxious during storms. If this is your case, opt for a calming collar sold at many pet stores. Scents like lavender help soothe their anxieties.

Dogs and cats who are accustomed to doing their business outside, may not be able to go out if the storm is really bad. For this reason, you may want to purchase pet diapers or pads so that they have a place to go indoors.

5.      Prepare your car

Throughout hurricane season, it is wise to keep your tank at half full or better. When hurricanes approach, gas stations run out of gas quickly, leaving you with few options of
where to go and what price to pay. Some stations will also take advantage of customers’ needs by increasing prices. Don’t leave yourself in that situation.

If at all possible, find a place to store your vehicle during a storm. Falling debris can wreak havoc, costing you a lot of money and time in insurance claims.

This week residents of Puerto Rico were spared for the most part from the wrath of Hurricane Isaac, but the season is not yet over. If you have not done the above-listed things to prepare your family and property, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the next hurricane arrives to start!

If you have other tips for newcomers to Puerto Rico, please consider sharing them by commenting on this article here at our blog or at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Relocation.Specialist.PuertoRico.

These tips are another service provided by your Puerto Rico Relocation Specialist, Global Perceptions. Contact us for additional services by calling 787.455.7764 or by visiting our website www.globalperceptions.net.

 

 

Top Five Tips for Learning Spanish in Puerto Rico

To make the most of your stay in Puerto Rico it is important that you make an effort to speak basic Spanish. To accomplish this, you can invest in any of the audio programs available or take classes designed to teach Spanish in a short time period. Many people learn basic terms and phrases this way, aiding their initial transition.

However, if you want to interact competently among Puerto Ricans, learning to speak Spanish like the locals is imperative. Those who already speak some Spanish upon arrival will likely discover that they are not understood and they don’t understand what others are saying either. Puerto Rican Spanish is not like other Spanish. That’s not a bad thing. It just means that you’ll have to work harder to communicate. But how do you learn to speak like the locals?

  1. Make the commitment: If you are going to learn anything in life, you have to make a commitment to learning it. Learning a language is no different. Consider how you learn best and go with that. If you are a visual learner, use flash cards. If you’re an auditory learner, get CDs that you can play in the car or download podcasts. If you’re a kinesthetic learner, try doing something active that allows you to immediately apply concepts.
  2. Get involved: Take classes, go to the gym, find a congregation, learn to salsa dance, or find another more suitable activity. Whatever your personal interest, feed it while getting involved in the local community. You can learn body parts during yoga class and watch what others do. Listening to the lead chef of a cooking class repeat words for stir, mix, or bake will amplify your vocabulary. Observe what’s going on around you. You’ll be amazed at how much you pick up after the first few weeks by getting involved.
  3. Make friends with the locals: Don’t be shy. Get to know your neighbors and others around you. They are a great source of information and you can practice your Spanish with them. Locals can keep you informed of upcoming events, tell you what’s new around town, and help you avoid unsafe places. It’s fine to make friends with non-locals as well, but try to balance between the two so that you get perspectives from both sides.
  4. Tour the island: Get out and see the island. Puerto Rico is a beautiful island with some priceless treasures. You can go surfing, play golf, ride a horse, and see ancient ruins all in the same day. The further away from San Juan you go, the less people speak English so this makes for a great way to practice and learn new words. Don’t stay holed up in your house. Go out and explore beyond the shore!
  5. Party: Yes, PARTY! Participating in the many festivities that take place year round is a terrific way to observe cultural customs and learn words for local foods and beverages. If you get invited, be sure to go. You may feel overwhelmed, but go anyway. Look for small opportunities to add to the conversation or simply listen to others and attempt to pick up a few words. It’s not easy, especially when music and seven simultaneous conversations drown out your immediate conversation, but keep at it. You’ll get the hang of it and have fun at the same time.

Overall, don’t give up! Learning Spanish will get easier. Take advantage of all possible opportunities to put yourself out there. You’ll be amazed at what you learn! Mistakes will be made, laughs will be had, but you’ll learn much more than vocabulary along the way. This is key to having the best possible experience you can on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

Don’t forget that we are offering FREE CONSULTATIONS for Spanish lessons for both adults and children until September 15, 2012. Contact Global Perceptions TODAY for an appointment! Visit www.globalperceptions.net or call 787.455.7764.

 

Is Spanish Necessary in Puerto Rico?

Depending on who you ask, posing this question can land you smack in the middle of a highly contested political debate. Is English enough? Should English be spoken at all? Should Spanish be the official language of Puerto Rico? Each of these questions can be answered in different ways. With that in mind, the ensuing post should not be construed as a political statement. Rather, this post is representative of the personal and professional experiences of Global Perceptions’ President since moving to the island in 2006.

The simple answer to whether or not Spanish is necessary is “Yes!” The complicated answer is that the extent of Spanish necessary depends on where you live, what you do on a daily basis, your sense of adventure and interest in local culture. Many foreigners decide to live near other non-natives, forming an English-speaking enclave in which they can function. These English bubbles offer support and advice for newcomers and provide a sense of home away from home. Being a part of one of these groups is critical for most newcomers.

As helpful as these enclaves can be for establishing connections, they should not be the only connections that you make. Living in these spaces may be ideal in the beginning; however, you should work to branch out into the local community as well. This is where Spanish becomes increasingly important. Many people you meet have some English skills, but they much prefer to speak Spanish. To put gas in your car, answer the guards when they call your home with a delivery, make a bank deposit or get a haircut, you need to speak basic Spanish. If you have the time before your arrival to learn Spanish, do so. If not, make it a priority once you arrive. Look for an instructor or program with a positive track record that focuses on local conversation skills. You live in Puerto Rico, not Spain or Mexico. Learning to speak like Spaniards will only help you on your vacation there. It won’t help you much here.

Once you have basic skills learned in a classroom setting, put them into use. Make an effort to use your Spanish even if it’s not very good. Local people will appreciate the effort and will be more apt to help you as well. If you really want to practice, make sure you keep speaking Spanish even if they switch to English. They want to help you, but you can’t learn if you don’t practice so stick with it. If you truly have the desire to learn, you will. If you don’t make learning Spanish a priority, you will never make the leap and will miss out on a lot of the experiences you could have had.

If the idea of learning Spanish seems intimidating, consider private classes with Global Perceptions. We focus on teaching students to interact in the local community and function on a day-to-day basis whether as executives, students, military personnel, athletes, or accompanying partners. Our custom-designed materials are innovative and interactive for all ages.

 

FREE consultations for adult and youth Spanish tutoring sessions are being held until September 15, 2012. Contact us TODAY for your FREE appointment! Call us at 787.455.7764 or visit our webpage at www.globalperceptions.net.

 

It’s all about Relocation, Relocation, Relocation!

 

Relocating internationally is never easy, but the thought of leaving the frozen north for the sandy beaches of the Caribbean may make the process more enjoyable. Imagine yourself resting peacefully in a hammock, sipping a refreshing beverage while the salty ocean breeze passes over you. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

 

 

Unfortunately, everyday life in the Caribbean is not quite that simple. Wherever you come from, relocating to Puerto Rico can cause major culture shock. If you have no real understanding of the culture or history and don’t speak Spanish, it can be even more challenging. But you’re in luck! Following is some advice from a professional relocation company to help you prepare for your relocation journey in Puerto Rico.

1. The relocation process will take much longer than you anticipate in Puerto Rico. Even the most organized person will find that everything moves a little slower here. This is largely due to antiquated policies left in place from Spanish rule and a generally laid-back approach to life. Add on extra time to whatever you plan to do no matter if it’s get the groceries, pick up the kids from school, catch a movie, or pay a bill. And don’t be surprised if you don’t accomplish everything in one day, even if the same activities would have taken you only a couple of hours back home.

2. Be prepared for the traffic and driving techniques. If you come from a place where a traffic jam consists of more than three cars at the one red light in town, it can be a major shock! Driving in Puerto Rico requires one to be creative as well as watchful. Stop signs and red lights are merely suggestions, any lane can be a turn lane, turn signals are rarely used, speed limits are posted but not followed, and the slow people
tend to drive in the left lane. It takes some adjustment, but you can do it!

 

3. School curriculum may also be different from what you or your children are accustomed to. Even at the English-language schools that cater to newly-arrived families, there seems to be much more focus on reading and writing than creative thinking or problem solving. Additionally, daily homework in most classes is a reality and many projects require parental supervision if not participation. This is not necessarily bad, but is something parents should be aware of as they go about selecting schools.

4. Legally Puerto Rico is part of the United States. Culturally, it is far from the same. Do not expect your experience at McDonald’s, Home Depot, or Sears to be like that of any other experience. First, you are likely to find more people shopping on any given day. Second, employees will attend customers in more of a triage fashion than an “I was in the line first,” fashion. Third, the checkout lines are bound to be longer and slower. It doesn’t seem to matter where you go. Plan for such an experience; look at is as part of your cultural initiation and learn from the situation.

For more tips and advice on relocation in Puerto Rico, keep reading our blog! More relocation tips are soon to follow! We share what we know to help you through each step of the relocation process.  Feel free to comment and to share your experiences as well! We look forward to hearing from you!



Don’t forget that we are offering FREE CONSULTATIONS for Spanish lessons for both adults and children until September 15, 2012. Contact Global Perceptions TODAY for an appointment! Visit www.globalperceptions.net or call 787.455.7764. 

Continued Need for Cultural Training

The end has come to another thrilling two weeks of spirited athletic competition at the 2012 London Olympic Games. During the past two weeks, the world gathered virtually to cheer for their home teams and witness great triumphs from around the world. Oscar Pistorius of South Africa become the first double amputee to take the track. Sarah Attar became the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in the Olympics. American swimmer, Michael Phelps, became the most decorated Olympic athlete ever. These moments will forever be etched in history as moments when the world came together to celebrate no matter their cultural background. Sadly, thanks to Twitter, Greek triple jumper, Paraskevi Papachristou’s racist comments against the African immigration population of Greece will also live on in history.

As global citizens, we have come a long way from the days of boycotting Olympic Games due to political dissention and from the atrocities of the Munich games, but Papachristou’s comments demonstrate that we are still far from living in a culturally harmonious world. In the everyday world we have to interact with people from multiple cultures on a daily basis, making it crucial for us to understand basic intercultural communication principles.
However, most of us lack this knowledge. Cross-cultural communication training can go a long way toward resolving this issue.

Cross-cultural training can take many shapes and forms. Some companies offer information-rich, lecture style programs while others are more interactive. Some programs are theory driven and based on extensive research while others take a more practical, applied approach based on real world experience. Training professionals and company global mobility staff should carefully weigh the benefits of each style, always keeping in mind the style that best fits the culture of the organization. A group of educators, for instance, may prefer an interactive approach while a group of lab workers may consider lectures more appropriate.

If you are thinking that cross-cultural training is unnecessary in today’s corporate world, you may want to think again. The 2012 Brookfield Global Trends survey reports that 68% of respondents rated cross-cultural adjustment as “very critical” or of “high importance” in aiding their international transition. From helping expatriates and their families adjust to creating a more culturally sensitive workplace for all, cross-cultural training makes a difference.

Even on the small Caribbean island of Puerto Rico cross-cultural training has positive outcomes. Following their participation in cross-cultural training workshops, Global Perceptions’ clients have felt better prepared to interact and compete in the world market. Several participants have even gone on to work in other countries, applying their knowledge in new locations. In such cases, cross-cultural training is a win for the company and for the individual. That alone makes these programs worth the financial investment.

To schedule your FREE consultation regarding cultural training seminars in Puerto Rico and beyond, contact Global Perceptions TODAY by visiting www.globalperceptions.net or calling 787.455.7764. Hurry! This offer is good through October 31, 2012!

Cultural Training in Puerto Rico: Global Perceptions Offers the Whole Package

Are you new to Puerto Rico? Have you participated in a cultural training program yet? If so, your cultural training experience likely consisted of theoretical knowledge about one of the many cultural adaptation models, basic tourist information, and some highlights of the host country. When the adaptation program was over, did you feel any more comfortable or confident about living in Puerto Rico? Major corporations invest thousands of dollars in your adjustment process, yet most people walk away from those cultural training programs without the practical knowledge that they need to deal with the day-to-day life.                                      

What if there were a company that not only offered a more application-oriented cultural training program than that mentioned above, but also assisted you with establishing your phone, cable or electric service, getting your driver’s license or buying a car, finding service professionals like doctors, dentists, hair stylists or housekeepers, obtaining government documents, making appointments, and provided on-going coaching services? You’re in luck! Global Perceptions, your Puerto Rico Relocation Specialist, offers this and more. We don’t believe in leaving you high and dry post-cultural training. Instead, we are there to assist you through every step of the challenging adaptation process. Whether you need a little or a lot of help, our staff welcomes the opportunity to help you through this cultural transition.

Not a Spanish speaker? We can help with that too! Our innovative Spanish-language curriculum is custom-designed with the individual and his/her specific needs in mind. We help you get around town, make formal business presentations, and everything in between. You will learn at your pace from bilingual education professionals who are committed to your progress.

There you have it! Global Perceptions is your relocation solution in Puerto Rico because we offer the Whole Package. We will be there with you every step of the way!

If you have been through a cultural training program, but still feel lost in Puerto Rico, contact Global Perceptions today by calling 787.455.7764 or visiting www.globalperceptions.net

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