Category Archives: in-field


Tube Culture

Averyl Dietering; England, Sp/Su 2011

What do you think of when you hear the word “culture”? Before going to England, I thought culture meant wearing traditional dress, living in a hut, and eating strange foods. “Culture” was some nebulous idea you only found in developing … Continue reading

Is This My Life Right Now?

Kristen Cardon; India: Tibetan community, Sp/Su 2011

13 July It is some godforsaken hour of the morning when we arrive at our hotel in Delhi. The taxi, annoyed that we’d pre-paid inside the airport, goes off the instant we evacuate his vehicle, leaving us to wonder if … Continue reading

Recognizing and Coping with Culture Shock

Rachel Rueckert; Ghana, Sp/Su 2010; India: Tibetan Community, Sp/Su 2011

Natives balancing refrigerators on their heads, speeding taxis adhering to no discernible traffic rules, compulsive teeth brushing, snapping at ransom travel buddies, crying because you got a tomato in your sandwich—what do all these have in common? Culture shock. One of my … Continue reading