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Cultural Orientation Programmes

Current Countries available: Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand.

Other Asian countries: Upon Request.

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Expatriates working in Asia encounter many situations that may be confusing and unexpected. Many of these reflect the differences between cultures. At least 20% of expatriates return home before completing their overseas assignments. Many more return home unhappy and not contributing effective in the host country. These failures are not due to technical incompetence but the maladjustment to a new and different culture. More challenges await the expatriate as Singapore is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-religious country. He needs to understand and adjust even more!


Our cross-cultural training aims to give participants the skills to establish a positive business relationship with people from other countries, based on an understanding and respect for their culture and customs. You will gain an understanding of Singaporean values, attitudes and their impact on your expatriate assignment. You will be able to interact and understand your Singaporean colleagues, customers and friends upon completion of the programme.

Who is this Programme for?

This programme is for expatriates who will be living in Asia for at least 6 months.


2 days (Recommended)


This is an experiential programme, encouraging hands-on learning through the use of videos, discussions, self-assessments and problem-solving exercises.

Programme Outline

Understanding Culture

Origins of Culture

Cultural differences

Useful Facts

History & Politics


Religions & Festivals

Interpersonal Skills


Business Protocol & Etiquette

Metafora Business Associates
200 Jalan Sultan #03-46
Singapore 199018