A British Expatriate’s Guide to Preserving Their Culture
British citizens leave the UK each year to pursue employment opportunities, to marry a foreign national and for other personal reasons. Moving abroad is never easy, even when you are keen for a change and want to experience what life is like living in another country, by absorbing a foreign culture, rather than just reading about it.
British citizens leave the UK each year to pursue employment opportunities, higher education, to marry a foreign national and for other personal reasons. Moving abroad is never easy, even when you are keen for a change and want to experience what life is like living in another country, by absorbing a foreign culture, rather than just reading about it. As a British expatriate living abroad, what can you do to preserve your culture?
An easy way to preserve a link to your culture back home as a British expatriate is to continue to eat your favourite foods from home. Remember, though, that it might not be as easy to purchase some of the British brands of foods you were used to at home once you move to the new host country. This will mean hunting a little further a field and cooking from scratch more often to achieve good home cooked British food such as shepherd's pie, and roast beef with all the trimmings.
Language defines who we are, where we come from and is therefore an intrinsic part of our make-up. British expatriates who move abroad can easily preserve their culture by continuing to speak English whenever they can. Of course, British expatriates should also make the effort to learn the language of their host country, if another language is spoken. This can be hard when you live in a country where English is not the most commonly spoken language.
One way to preserve your culture is to stay tuned into British news. What are the latest developments in British education? How much has the cost of living changed? It is easy to lose touch with the British culture when you no longer live in the UK. However, if you make an effort to stay in tune with the news from back home, and that does not have to include sad stories of neglect, abuse and murder, but informative, positive news that can help keep you in touch with what is going on. This will also help you to re-adjust when you return home.
British expatriates who move abroad should not feel that they have to leave their culture behind as they board the plane. Their culture defines who they are and what values they have been raised with. There are ways to keep an even balance by preserving your culture, as well as taking on board the foreign culture you will be immersed in.About the Author: Sophie is a British expatriate residing in California. She has a passion for travel, expatriate life and immigration issues. Sophie has been a freelance writer for the past 3 years. Contact Sophie at: http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/78646/sophie_s.html
Originally published on Associated Content and republished here with permission from the Author.