Cultural Research Ideas

Cultural Research Ideas

Part of our mission at CultureLink is to enhance your cross-cultural effectiveness while serving on the field. Cultural research is an important training exercise for your team. You can have the best ministry activities planned but without any cultural understanding or sensitivity, your activities lose their impact. In our curriculum training, we spend time explaining what it means to be cross-cultural and how to incorporate cultural research into your team training. If the idea of cultural research for your mission trip meetings seems intimidating, keep it simple and fun. Here are three ideas to gather information to present to your team or to experience together. You can also check out our Helpful Links page on our website for other resources!

  1. Get books from your library about the country you will be traveling to and have students read about the religious, social, and historical backgrounds. Student groups can then make a creative presentation to the team to act out the information in a fun way.
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  2. Search online for local festivals or events that are focused on the people of your host country. Have students takes notes about the differences they observed and if any stereotypes they had changed after attending the event.
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  3. Go to a restaurant that serves your country’s food or have it catered to your meeting. Nothing like exposing your team members to what they will be eating on the field before they even get there! This could reveal potential struggles for team members and how they team can prepare to accept this cultural difference in a Christ-like way.
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Being prepared to understand and respect your host culture, is invaluable to your team and your host organization. As servants of Christ, we want to be bridge builders. We want to preserve and assist the ministry that is already ongoing in your host country. When the entire team has this mindset, it will help to encourage each other as the encounter cultural differences and have compassion as they serve.

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