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Is Your Au Pair Experiencing Culture Shock or Depression?

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Is Your Au Pair Experiencing Culture Shock or Depression?

depressed au pairCulture Shock is a phenomenon that occurs when a foreigner enters a new culture and experiences unpleasant adjustment symptoms that can range from problems sleeping, mental fatigue, a delay or refusal to speak the new culture’s language, a desire to return home and feelings of hopelessness.

Au pairs experience culture shock in varying degrees when they arrive.  Most au pairs adjust quickly and are excited to meet the challenges of her new culture and all that is has to offer.

A significant number of au pairs never adjust and they usually return home soon after their arrival due to a number of reasons.   Know the warning signs of Culture Shock, which is normal and the signs of a clinical depression, which can look very much like the former. 

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