Nikolina started the session by asking participants to work in pairs and draw/discuss what culture is. This kind of appraoch made everyone to interact and get to know the person sitting next to them.
Nikolna compared people with trees: if we relocate to a different country, we may lose our roots if not protected. I agree with her. She also suggested that when we live in a different country we become more aware of our own culture. This may be true, but in many cases I think this will depend on who we communicate with when living abroad. If we communicate mostly with people of our own nation, then we will be more aware of our own cultural identity. But if we communicate with people of different nations, we integrate into this multi-culturness.
The next task we had was to identify our culture with a colour. It was quite interesting to see that people identify the same features with different colours. Could this be a cultural notion?
Nikolina’s advice was: Be conservative in what you give and liberal in what you receive.
Full session can be viewed here: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2012/sessions/2012-03-20/global-business-etiquette-101