Cross-cultural Services

We provide cross-cultural workshops to enhance your understanding of the world around you.

The Langua-Cultural World

At Shababeek, we believe life is enriched as we seek to understand new frames of thinking and put on new lenses to see a fresh perspective of the world around us.  That’s why we strive to create an environment that honors and respects all cultures in an attempt to combat negative stereotypes and break down walls of silence and misunderstanding.  We seek to bring out the value of every culture.

Participants at Shababeek are passionate about speaking Arabic, but are always weary of becoming ‘fluent fools’ – people that speak a language but do not know how to use it.  Our goal is not perfection, but rather participation.  To participate deeply, we strive to understand cultural values and behaviors of our own home cultures and Jordanian culture as well.

“Every country has its way of saying things.  The important thing is that which lies behind people’s words.” – Freya Stark

“Basic training in Cross Cultural Communication offered by Shababeek center was exactly what we needed. The training makes participants aware of other ways of communicating, helps participants know how to treat differences, and let’s them know the strengths of their cultures as well. The whole program is well designed to attract interests and facilitates learning while having fun.  I recommend this training to anyone whose job involves communication with people from different cultural backgrounds.”


Chief Advisor of projects in Jordan

This workshop serves as an introduction to intercultural effectiveness.  The goal of this and all of Shababeek’s workshops is not to learn specifically about Arab culture, but rather to be equipped to view all cultural differences in a non-judgmental way.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Discuss implications of the cultural lenses we wear
  • Discover tools to describe rather than interpret behaviors from different cultures
  • Learn ways we can move forward in intercultural effectiveness

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assesses intercultural competence.  It is not a test to pass or fail, but rather a tool to shed light on our strengths and weaknesses in adapting to new languacultural worlds.  It will help you push through roadblocks and form a plan to push to the next level of intercultural effectiveness.

Included in IDI package:

  • Online assessment
  • individual coaching session with a Qualified Administrator to go over results
  • long-term development plan to discover next steps
  • Additional fee applies

Contact [email protected] to set up an IDI today!

Building blocks of Culture

Learn a new framework that will help make sense of the new world around you. By learning this new vocabulary, you will be able to more accurately describe the situations that you previously experienced as “weird” or “different”.  In this workshop we will:

  • Examine the aspects of culture
  • Learn new vocabulary to describe culture in non-judgmental ways
  • Define aspects of our own cultures that may attribute to cultural misunderstandings

Communication styles

Many of the participants at Shababeek come from cultures that prefer to communicate in a direct way.  Once they acquire enough language to communicate, the next biggest challenge is usually switching communication styles to interact with an indirect culture.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn to recognize and understand indirect styles of communication
  • Recognize negative interpretations of direct communication
  • Practice applying indirect communication styles
  • Discover problem solving skills relevant to indirect communicators

The Cerny Smith Assessment measures stress in 5 major areas: Organizational, Cross-Cultural, Relational, Personal, and Behavioral as it relates to the adjustment and well being of people living and working cross-culturally.

Extra fee applies – includes one on one coaching session to identify specific needs and challenges.  Contact [email protected] for details.

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