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We’re so glad you’re here! We want to make you feel right at home.
But, is CultureWeave the right place for you?
Who are You?
For starters, watch our intro video if you haven’t yet. It’s just over a minute, and will give you an idea of what we’re about.
If you resonate with the ideas in that video – even if you’re not exactly a Rob, Evie or Matt – then CultureWeave may be a good fit for you.
Here are a few questions to check that:
- Do people, places and things international trigger a sense of adventure in you?
- Have you lived abroad? (Or wish you still did? Or soon will?)
- Do you get crazy excited about an upcoming international trip?
- Are you a mix of cultures, ethnicities and/or races yourself?
- Are you living – or want to live – a life designed to impact our world for good?
If you answered YES to all or most of the questions here, you’re in good company!
You’re an interculturalist. And so are we.
Intercultural = “What happens when two or more culturally different groups come together, interact and communicate.” (1)
We’re designing CultureWeave for people like you. We resonate with how connecting with people from different cultures and backgrounds – while not always easy – can make you come ALIVE!
But you may have noticed that our world isn’t doing too well right now when it comes to connecting well across cultures, ethnicities & races.
Too many of us humans choose to stay in our own cultural/ethnic/racial bubbles (“birds of a feather flock together”). Let’s be frank: We can be fearful about the ‘Other.’ The recent rise in isolationism around the world is testimony to this problem.
But you. If you’ve read this far, you most likely have an interest, heart and quite possibly the experience to be among the change makers for difference in this arena. The world needs what you have to offer!
Still, let’s be honest. We can never get too good in this area. Much like learning a second (or third, or fourth) language, there is always room to grow our understanding, skills and expertise as an interculturalist. There’s also reason to learn how to empower others to do so too.
Our goal is to provide you the inspiration, tools, training and community to make you the best darn interculturalist you can be. Because our world matters. And needs you.
There are a growing number of websites, blogs, nonprofits and businesses out there focusing on the field of cross-cultural and intercultural communications.
Truth is, most of them focus on the business world. Which is good. We need that. But oh, we need so much more.
We are bringing CultureWeave to life because we need growing cross and intercultural understanding across all sectors of society. Only a handful of (very respectable) organizations are doing that right now. But our world demands more.
Who are We, and Why Should You Listen to Us?
We’re Dale & Caroline DePalatis (dee-pa-la-tis).
We have spent the last 25+ years of our lives connecting across cultures, investing our lives in the lives of thousands of international students.
We’ve also invested our lives in raising three terrific kids – two in college right now, one in high school. Both individually and together we have traveled, studied, volunteered and worked abroad several times. In 2009–10, we took our children out of mainstream American life and replanted ourselves in China for a year. Life-changing.
We currently make Monterey, California our home, where Dale is a high school English teacher and Caroline works with International Students, Inc., leading a team of women who care for and connect with the international wives in our very multicultural city.
Meanwhile, we’re also working to get CultureWeave off the ground.
Yes, we both have formal educations from respectable schools to inform us in the work we do. But we are first and foremost practitioners. We believe in learning while doing.
And finally, we are also committed followers of Jesus. We want you to know that because it influences what we write, make and promote. And all we do.
You do not have to believe as we do. You can still get so much out of this site. We’ve been intentional to create this site for a wide range of people.
What Does CultureWeave Have to Offer You?
We believe you can design your life for international adventure – whether at home or abroad – while living for the global good. This site aims to help you do that better.
Check out our Features page for the simplest answer to this question. Poke around our site. Purchase some resources through our Intercultural Resource Library. Download free and almost-free ebooks for self-study or for your small group or classroom.
And please subscribe to our site! It is simple, easy and free. Just look below.
By joining our site, you will become part of a dynamic, growing community of people who desire to become world change makers – whether at home or abroad, in their workplace, in their church, community, region or country, or on a global scale.
Enrich your Life. Be the Bridge. Do Global Good.
We look forward to getting to know you!
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(1) Mari D. Gonzalez, www.ixmaticommunications.com
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