Congratulations on your new international assignment. If you have not previously had the experience of living or working abroad, you will soon discover that there is much to be gained from being in a culture that differs from your own. You will discover new customs and have opportunities to develop new interests and friends. The new people and friends you will be meeting in your destination country may seem very different from you in some ways, or surprisingly similar in other ways. At the same time, you may find yourself sharing the whole international experience in this ‘new home’!
Some cultures will be considerably different from your own. Understanding them and appreciating what they have to offer may require more time and effort on your part. The reward is usually well worth the investment of time and effort. Few people, who have traveled to new countries or lived abroad for any length of time, have not been enriched by the experience. Most people return home with new perspectives on the countries they have visited, as well as a fresh perspective of their own home country.
However, as you prepare to move, the practical aspects of getting ready to leave, may overshadow some of the anticipation of living in another country. Hence, we suggest checking Relocation Essentials before you move and once you are settled into your new home:
Relocation Essentials is a great source of detailed information on specific topics such as schooling, insurance & tax matters, what to take with you, cultural adjustment, housing and etc. Please note that these are suggestions to help you with your relocation. If you need Houston specific information, please refer to the Outpost Inside Guide.
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