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CultureShock! Chile

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CultureShock! Chile is your one-stop guide to settling in the country and adapting to life in a new land. Learn from the authors' experience as they share insights into the Chilean work etiquette, navigating the class system, setting up home and using the estufa and califont as well as what generally makes the people tick in this South American nation. Discover the country's myriad attractions from the Atacama Desert to beautiful La Serena. Sample Chilean fare such as prietas and cazuelas and wash it all down with a glass of red wine from one of the many excellent vineyards. Having overcome its turbulent political history, Chile now struggles to balance its traditional values with the demands of a modern economy. CultureShock! Chile is essential reading for anyone who plans to be in Chile for an extended period.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Chile
  9. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. What Will You Find?
    2. Santiago
    3. Vina del Mar and Valparaiso
    4. The North
    5. The South
  10. Chapter 2: Overview of Land and History
    1. The Land
    2. History
  11. Chapter 3: The Chilean People
    1. A Homogeneous Society
    2. Ethnicity
    3. Class Structure
    4. Values
    5. Religious Beliefs and Values
    6. The Role of Women in Chilean Society
    7. Raising Children
    8. Family Gatherings
    9. Myths and Facts
  12. Chapter 4: Socialising
    1. Making a Connection
    2. Visiting a Chilean Home
    3. Inviting Chileans to Your Home
    4. Invitations to Dine Out
    5. Nightlife
    6. Pololos
    7. Alternative Lifestyles
    8. Rituals
  13. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. Welcome to Santiago
    2. Climate
    3. Time Zone
    4. Pollution
    5. Litter
    6. Earthquakes
    7. Household Issues
    8. Medical Services
    9. Documentation
    10. Banking
    11. Emergencies
    12. Driving
    13. Transportation
    14. Education
    15. Shopping
    16. Staying Informed and Entertained
  14. Chapter 6: Food
    1. Schedule
    2. Main Courses
    3. Beverages
    4. Restaurants
    5. Grocery Stores
  15. Chapter 7: Enjoying the Culture
    1. Chilean Culture
    2. Native Peoples of the North
    3. Fiestas Patrias
    4. Huaso Culture
    5. Navy Day
    6. Catholic Festivals
    7. Music Festivals
    8. Contemporary Music
    9. Fine Art
    10. Literature
    11. Travel
    12. Sports
    13. Children’s Games
  16. Chapter 8: Language
    1. Pronunciation
    2. Vocabulary
    3. Other Language Considerations
  17. Chapter 9: Doing Business
    1. The Economy
    2. A Brief History
    3. Regional Trade Arrangements
    4. Exports
    5. Foreign Investment
    6. General Business Climate
    7. Other Work Matters
  18. Chapter 10: Fact Facts
    1. Notable Names
    2. Places of Interest
    3. Acronyms
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Authors
  25. Index