Tag Archives: Bhutan

The cover of Jaime Zeppa's book Beyond the Sky and the Earth.

Book Review: Beyond the Earth and the Sky by Jamie Zeppa

Beyond the Earth and the Sky: A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa is a personal account of a woman’s years in Bhutan volunteering as a teacher. The book is quite popular with the expats and volunteers in Thimphu. On the surface, the book’s popularity stems from the wealth of interesting and useful information about Bhutanese culture. On a deeper level, I believe that people appreciate the book’s authentic account… Read Article →

A bird flying in the sky.

Intercultural Sensitivity Part 2: Ethnorelativism

In my last post on Dr Milton’s Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, I wrote about ethnocentrism. Today let’s examine the final three: the ethnorelative stages. The first of these is acceptance and is characterized by learning. As with all learning processes, acceptance can be at times rewarding or uncomfortable. First, the reward of acceptance. During this stage, there is calm curiosity, and learning gains momentum. Each new piece of information is… Read Article →

Two hikers on a trail in the mountains.

A Journey Toward Cultural Competency

Cultural competency is of special interest to international social workers. It refers to the ability to effectively work with people from other cultures, either clients or colleagues, through acceptance, adaptation, and integration.   Cultural competency is both a set of skills and a way of being. Click To Tweet   I try to regularly reflect on my practice so that I can learn from my experiences. Lately I’ve been considering… Read Article →