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Project Title: Antecedents of Spousal Adjustment in Expatriate Foreign Placement Programs.

Hello, My name is Angela Price and I am an Australian expatriate spouse of France and the United States. I am doing research on Spousal Adjustment in Expatriate Foreign Placement Programs, towards a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, and am hoping that you might be willing to make the attached introductory letter and questionnaire available to the expatriate spouses on your group’s mailing list.

 

Expats, You´re welcome
Dominio Feminino is the first women´s Brazilian Internet site dedicated to expatriates.

 

If you are far from your home, your family and friends, we will make sure that you never feel alone or helpless.

We want you to feel loved, with all the affection we Brazilians can give you. We will be your new friends.

Call on us for any help or information you might want on our people, customs, and culture. when you need help, we will be available to you.

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Memories of An Expat

It can be very difficult to live in a foreign country and share you’re your thoughts in a language that is new to you with someone whocomes from a different culture. But we all move around the World and has story or two to tell.. When you are sad or angry you don´t want to share your feelings with someone in your own language.

Brazilians often resent what they perceive as the "coldness" of Americans, who are not accustomed to touching each other all the time or to getting physically close to other people. Just observe two Americans trying to hug each other: they're standing so far apart that the only way they can do it is by leaning forwards from the waist up.

Advice: get used to that, it's not going to change. Make sure you surround yourself with other Brazilian expats...

On the other hand, the friendliness and warmth Americans encounter when they first arrive in Brazil may trick them into thinking that it's going to be easy to make friends there. Some may be disappointed, if they can't distinguish between genuine interest and casual socializing, which is several degrees warmer than in the US. Both men and women will stand closer to you and may touch you lightly during a conversation; when greeting you or saying good-bye, they will shake your hand or hug you, and both men and women will kiss you on both cheeks.

These behaviors do not constitute sexual advances and are one of the main reasons, actually, why some Americans decide to stay in Brazil. I confess that if I couldn't go to Brazil often, I would shrivel and die from human warmth deprivation. The downside of all this seems to be that I always get sick more often in Brazil...more colds, sore throats, etc...You can't win, can you?

Brazilians should not be too sensitive to the fact that Americans call themselves, well, Americans. Remember that the country's name is The United States of America (not North-America). Try finding a good word to describe the citizen of such a country! They tried early on and could not come up with anything better. So give them a break, will you?

If you have questions, suggestions or stories you'd like to share with us, send mail to: dominiofeminino@dominiofeminino.com.br

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