Sukavana Programs

Programs - Intercultural Training

  • selecting employees for an international assignment?
  • being part of or leading a cultural diverse team?
  • moving to a new city or country?
  • raising your children in a multicultural community?

SUKAVANA helps individuals and companies to flourish within different cultures. Our trainings focus on skills and strategies that employees and their families need for a successful assignment abroad; to manage the challenges, concerns and opportunities.


Programs are designed to

  • prepare and support expatriates
  • re-integrate and support inpatriates / repatriates
  • raise awareness of cultural aspects - in business and socially
  • help to identify ways in which cultural differences can help or hinder
  • develop intercultural skills that can be used in practice

Programs are designed for

  • expatriates, inpatriates, repatriates & families
  • HR & management
  • international teams and projects
  • corporates, organisations, public and private, schools and universities, NGOs

Programs include

  • individual assessments and analysis
  • cultural exposure, practical experiences, field trips (only in SA at present)
  • continuous support e.g. evaluation of business practices
  • vetting communication e.g. answering specific questions

Intercultural training is an interactive experience

you gain knowledge and develop skills and strategies to enhance your relationships with colleagues, partners and customers of other cultural backgrounds.

There is no set formula

each program is designed according to the client’s needs assessment.  our training style is encouraging, self-reflective and interactive. 

A. Suitability Analysis

are you or is the candidate suitable for the assignment?

  • adaptability (readiness for working abroad)
  • intercultural competence (attitude, knowledge, skills)
  • situational factors (target specific knowledge, language, family)

B. Assessments

  • establishing assignees motivation, needs, goals and expectations
  • establishing challenges, concerns, opportunities

C. General Culture Training

  • cultural awareness - the concept of culture (and sub-cultures)
  • intercultural sensitivity - how the knowledge of culture relates to an effective performance
    • discover your own cultural values and attitudes
    • focus on intercultural communication
    • learn intercultural negotiation skills
    • understand intercultural etiquette
    • gain and switch between different perspectives
    • build a strong foundation to be able to adapt and perform effectively
  • the culture shock, causes and symptoms
  • providing skills, strategies and guidelines for cultural adjustments
  • be able to face different legal, political, social environments

D. Specific culture training

Culture Specific Training

  • difference between home and host culture
  • tools to anticipate and recognise specific cultural behaviors
  • country specific knowledge

International Business (General and industry specific)

  • doing business across cultures
  • company structure and culture
  • decision making processes
  • communication across cultures
  • meetings and negotiations
  • motivating employees
  • comparison of business practices
  • business etiquette and protocols
  • business entertaining

Family / Spouse (home and away)

  • transitional issues
  • strategies for harmonious family life
  • unaccompanied assignees
  • TCK’s - advantages of "third culture kids"
  • managing separation
  • issues facing the stay-at-home partner