Critical Incidents


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When you are going on a school exchange, chances are that you will be staying in your counterpart’s place. An adventurous person would think, “Wow, this is a great opportunity to see the  “real” culture.” Indeed, being able to see first-hand  how families abroad live on a day-to-day basis is an excellent way to get to know their rituals, traditions, home rules and much more. Also, it is a great way to get to know your own cultural beliefs and values. However, we all know that living with an unfamiliar family, even for five days, can be pretty uncomfortable. Having the appropriate attitude, knowledge and skills is what will make such experiences memorable and life-changing. 

Below are   incidents, experienced by the participants in the project from Bulgaria, Spain, Italy and Sweden  when they were either  hosting  or visiting.  These experiences   may have been  personal but there is a strong cultural aspect as well.

Read all the incidents here.

“My way may not be your way but there is a way to find a shared way” 

“Question the obvious” #bigideas

Be My Guest: Breakfast

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Values and Behaviours

“When you travel, you meet yourself.”

“Oh, the places you’ll go!” #bigideas

How Do You Address a Teacher?

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Chill Out

Drinking Habits

Meal Times

Food Preferences



Education for Free

Subtitles or Dubbing

Communication: Verbal and Non-Verbal

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“Communication is culture, and culture is communication”

“Don’t be a fluent fool” #bigideas


Say “Cheese”

Lack of Communication

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Time and Space

“Punctuality is the politeness of kings”.

“Punctuality is the thief of time” #bigideas 

Being On Time

Bathroom Privacy

Standing in a Line