6 Things Every Traveler Must Know Before Going to Brazil This Summer

Published on March 21st, 2016 by Dean Foster

You can travel visa-free, but is visiting a Zika-infected country worth the risk? While the Zika virus has been described as an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization, it’s important to keep in mind that only in rare or extreme cases the virus has been linked to life-threatening symptoms. In fact, it’s

Cultural Training: Conference Addresses ‘Intercultural Competence’

Published on March 21st, 2016 by Dean Foster

Being aware of cultural differences is not the same thing as knowing how to deal with them, Dean Foster, president of DFA International, told Bloomberg BNA, a theme that was repeated numerous times by numerous speakers at the 17th annual conference of the Intercultural Management Institute at American University in Washington March 10, and the

CUBA LIBRE? Perhaps soon, and you’d better be ready!

Published on January 19th, 2016 by Dean Foster

The Great Cuban Experiment Unique among the nations of Latin America, Cuba, through its communist socialist revolution of the 1950s (although in Cuba even today, the revolution is always ongoing), in one swift move, was determined to sweep away  the legacies of the Spanish Conquest with which the rest of the region still profoundly struggles.  The

Top Ten Crossing-Cultures New Year’s Resolutions!

Published on January 9th, 2016 by Dean Foster

Resolution #10: Resolve to BE HUMBLE: No one culture has an absolute lock on “right” or “wrong”, your culture or theirs. Resist judging what you see, hear, taste, experience, until you have ALL the facts.  Now go renew that passport! Resolution #9: Resolve to be CURIOUS: Work to get outside the “tourist bubble”, stay open

The Continuing Mediterranean Revolution

Published on May 9th, 2015 by Dean Foster

I’m writing from Porto, Portugal. The weather is beautiful, the food delicious, yet I’m finding my mind wander continuously to tensions in the nearby region and the vast cultural divides between northern and southern Europe. Nearly two years ago I wrote a blog post called “The Mediterranean Revolution,” a short piece which touched on the

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