Culturosity® Learning Center: The Complete Resource List

The World's at Your Fingertips. This page contains a complete list of the sites we recommend to build your intercultural awareness. Each of these sites also has related links and resources. Use the power of the internet to grow your mind.

Learn about other Cultures: Websites

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Country Insights (www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai). An intercultural goldmine. Learn about the cultures of almost any country. Provides free information on history, culture, economy, media and links to more information. Also features intercultural issues in a Q&A section presented from two perspectives, a local cultural interpreter and a Canadian one. It's highly valuable for Canadians and non-Canadians alike to gain some insight about other cultures.

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Cultural Profiles Project (www.settlement.org/cp). Cultural profiles on the life and customs of more than 50 countries. An initiative of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In French and English.

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CIA World Factbook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/) These country profiles focus more on facts than cultural trends. Learn about the economics, government, and people of individual countries.

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About Guides (www.about.com) Find an About Guide on the countries, languages, cultures, and different groups that interest you.

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Crosspoint Anti-racism (www.magenta.nl/crosspoint) Extensive links to resources on intercultural issues, divided by country. A complete reference and a great starting point for diversity resources.

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globalEDGE (http://globaledge.msu.edu/) A knowledge web portal organized by the International Business Center at Michigan State University. It contains more than 5,000 online resources and a vast amount of information, tools, and links.

 

Learn about other Cultures: Magazines

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Colors Magazine (www.colorsmagazine.com). Colors magazine presents in-depth looks at cultures, communities, and issues that rarely are in the media spotlight and need to be told. Each edition focuses on one issue or topic, from drugs to shopping to wealth and war and provides an in-depth analysis of the topic and how it surfaces in cultures around the world. All magazines are bilingual and are available in English, French, Spanish, and Italian. Pick up a copy at your local bookstore or supermarket or read the articles online.

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National Geographic (www.nationalgeographic.com). National Geographic has a great website full of maps, travel information, and photography. A classic site and publication that has been broadening world perspectives for decades.

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Intercultures Magazine (www.intercultures.ca/magazine) A quarterly electronic magazine that gives an intercultural perspective on international work issues and topics. Published by the Centre for Intercultural Learning and available in English and French.

Organized Travel

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Culture Xplorers (www.culturexplorers.com). If you're going to travel to Central or South America, travel with Culture Xplorers. Founders Jim Kane and Michael Murphy make travel what it should be--about  connecting with people, experiencing local traditions and festivals, and building understanding. Their motto says it all, "Get real. Get close."

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ShawGuides (culture.shawguides.com). Arguably the largest collection of cultural travel tours. Search by country, date, season or one of the ShawGuide Cultural Travel focuses which includes culture, performing arts, sports, world affairs, and architecture and design.

 

Independent Travel

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Virtual Tourist (www.virtualtourist.com). Planning your own travels? Use the power of the Internet to gather real data and solid tips about your upcoming travels from experienced travelers. The best way to get off the beaten path is to get on the travel tips bandwagon.

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What's on When? (www.whatsonwhen.com). Use this constantly updated site to find out about local events while you're traveling. They feature all kinds of entertainment, from food events to religious festivals, to the adventurous and the bizarre. A great way to get immersed in local culture.

 

Study Abroad

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WorldSmart Leadership Program (www.upwithpeople.org). It's the "Semester at Sea" type program that you can be proud to feature on your resume. Travel for one semester to over 18 cities and 7 countries while developing essential skills for the 21st century workplace, including global competencies, communication skills, and social responsibility. Up with People redefines what studying abroad is about.

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The Center for Global Education (www.lmu.edu/globaled/now). Hear from students, parents, business professionals, and political leaders about all the reasons studying abroad is an essential part of a solid education and a bright future.

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What's Up with Culture? (www.pacific.edu/sis/culture/). So you've decided to study abroad and want to make the most of your experience. Do you know about culture shock? Do you know how to make your transition easier and your experience richer? This site is a self-guided guide to prepare you for a dynamic experience abroad.

Personal Development

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YForum (www.yforum.com) The motto of this Web site is “Dare to Ask. Dare to Answer.” It is a discussion board where you can ask people from different backgrounds questions you have been too uncomfortable to ask directly. It can serve as a good source for feedback on the origin of miscommunication before a diversity issue takes root or if you are unable to determine why something went wrong at work.

Global Skills Development

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Intercultural Communication Institute (www.intercultural.org) The premier professional development organization for individuals building international careers. Check out their Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and their Masters in Intercultural Relations.    

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Executive Planet (www.executiveplanet.com) Get business-related tips to doing business across cultures.

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Kwintessential (www.kwintessential.com) The UK-based company, Kwintessential, offers language services, translation and interpretation, and cultural orientation programs.

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The Alliance for Conflict Transformation (www.conflicttransformation.org) An innovative non-profit organization that is dedicated to expanding the knowledge and practice of conflict transformation within the U.S. and international communities. ACT runs the ACT Forums--one of the premier sites for jobs in conflict resolution and related fields.

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Leader-values (www.leader-values.com) A great way to brush up on leadership skills relevant to managerial positions, including diversity issues.

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DiversityCentral (www.diversitycentral.com) Information and helpful articles about managing cultural diversity in the workplace.

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The Protocol School of Palm Beach (www.etiquetteexpert.com) Jacqueline Whitmore, of the Protocol School of Palm Beach, offers international protocol and etiquette seminars for business leaders.

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PlainTrain (www.web.net/~plain/PlainTrain) The Plain Language Online Training Program available in both English and French. Helpful tips and techniques for improving your communication skills with the use of plain language.

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Intercultural and Cross Cultural Communication (http://www.intercultural-crosscultural-communication.com) International directory of intercultural communication, cultural awareness training and other cross cultural solutions. 

Race and Ethnicity

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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (www.naacp.org) The NAACP has a Labor Division dedicated to eradicating workplace discrimination. The site provides updates on recent labor efforts and information about the NAACP career fair, a resource for employers seeking a more diverse workforce.

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National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium (www.napalc.org).Programs and resources related to Asian Pacific Americans.

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Center for the Study of White American Culture (www.euroamerican.org) A multiracial organization focused on white American culture. It is not a white supremacist organization or an organization focused on denouncing white Americans. It is focused on self-discovery and education for people of all backgrounds.

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American Indian Heritage Foundation (www.indians.org). Information about American Indian policy, action, and other general information. Its resource section contains a vast number of valuable links.

Disability Resources

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Institute on Disability Culture  (www.dimenet.com/disculture) Its mission is to “promote pride in the history, activities, and cultural identity of individuals with disabilities throughout the world.”

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The Invisible Disabilities Advocate  (www.invisibledisabilities.com) A site for people with disabilities that are not visible and a good source for others to learn about the concerns and experiences of people with disabilities.

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Sexual Orientation

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Homosexuality: Common Questions and Statements Addressed (hcqsa.virtualave.net) More than just common questions about the gay and lesbian population, but a discussion of related issues, references, and resources on homosexuality and assumptions about gay and lesbian culture.

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The Advocate (www.advocate.com)This national gay and lesbian newsmagazine site is a great starting point to learn more about gay and lesbian issues. It contains a resource center with links to Web sites focused on subset topics of this population, including law, immigration, women’s chat groups, and so on.

Religion

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BeliefNet (www.beliefnet.com) BeliefNet is the largest spiritual web site and is not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement. It contains a great deal of information on various faiths as well as more general topics on family, inspiration, and health.

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Ontario Consultants for Religious Tolerance (www.religioustolerance.org) A multi-faith group whose goal is to write accurate, balanced, clear, objective and inclusive articles about religion, morality and ethics. A good resource to learn about and understand different religions.

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National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) (www.nccj.org) Founded by prominent leaders in the Christian and Jewish communities, this organization is dedicated to addressing intergroup problems in the United States. Follow its newsletter and programs to learn more about its activities and mission.

Women’s Issues

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WOW Online (www.wowonline.org) Web site for the Wider Opportunities for Women organization, with links to sponsored Web sites and information on current women’s advocacy efforts.

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National Council of Women's Organizations (www.womensorganizations.org) A network of more than 100 women’s organizations.

Did we miss something? Recommend additional resources and sites by contacting us.

 


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