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Cac tenerife

  1. 1. Setting Sail : A Closer Look at the Cultural & Social Mechanics of Tenerife, Spain
  2. 2. Why Spain? • International field experienceTenerife – Final component of MAIS degree • International field experience component • Spanish-speaking country
  3. 3. Why the Canary Islands? • Numerous work industriesTenerife – University – Government; municipalities – Local papers, magazines – Year-round diving • Climate • Versatile landscape
  4. 4. History of Tenerife • Originally three different islandsTenerife – Single island formed by volcanic activity • Guanche people – original inhabitants – Striking Scandinavian resemblance – Hypothesized they sailed from African tip
  5. 5. History of Tenerife • Spanish empire arrives in 1493Tenerife – Guanches conquered and enslaved in 1494 – Colonization and immigration • Failed British attack in 1797 • Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 – Installed dictator Francisco Franco – Ruled until 1975
  6. 6. Tenerife Today • King Juan Carlos – Head of StateTenerife • Mariano Rajoy Brey – President • Biggest of Canary Islands • 908, 555 registered inhabitants • Biggest industry - tourism
  7. 7. King Juan Carlos & Queen Reina Sofia President Mariano Rajoy Brey
  8. 8. Major Religions • Predominantly Roman Catholic • High numbers of tourists and immigrationTenerife brought other religions – Islam – Hinduiusm – Evangelism – Judaism – Afro-American religions
  9. 9. Culture & Traditions • Known for carnivals and festivalsTenerife – Carnival of Santa Cruz – Romerías ( religious pilgrimages) – Corpus Christi
  10. 10. Carnival de Santa CruzPilgrimages of Patron Saints Corpus Christi
  11. 11. Culture & Traditions • Highly respectful of Guanche peopleTenerife – History – Culture – Present-day descendants • Social classes dived by wealth • Culture and education highly revered
  12. 12. Culture & Traditions • Family as focal point of lifeTenerife – Nuclear and extended • Changing society – Gender equalities – Minority presence
  13. 13. Language & Communication • Predominantly Spanish speakingTenerife • Customary greetings – Men: hug or handshake – Women: kiss on both cheeks – Small tokens at private residences • Decreased personal space – Decreases as relationship grows
  14. 14. Language & Communication • PDA widely acceptedTenerife • Workplace confirmation
  15. 15. Lifestyles & Pace • Laid back, easy goingTenerife • Typical work day – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Siesta – 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  16. 16. Lifestyles & Pace • CollectivisticTenerife – Little need for motivation from superiors – Teamwork natural • Masculine vs. Feminine – Children taught harmony – Little appreciation for competition – Recent strides in gender equality
  17. 17. Lifestyles & Pace • Uncertainty avoidanceTenerife – “people like rules for everything” – Change causes stress – Concern for changing, ambiguous, undefined situations • Long-term orientation – “live in the moment” – Prefer quick results
  18. 18. Business Etiquette • Cornerstone of businessTenerife – relationships – Trust • Face-to-face contact preferred • Interruptions common • Saving Face • Sharing meals
  19. 19. Stereotypes of Spain towards Americans • Loud, noisyTenerife • Arrogant • Wealthy, materialistic • Job efficiency • Little time for family and living
  20. 20. Stereotypes towards Spain • LazyTenerife – Siestas – Party lovers • Spanish is the only language – 3 co-official languages • Euskera (also known as Baque) • Catalan • Galego
  21. 21. What to Expect Upon my Journey? • StereotypesTenerife • Language barriers • Culture shock

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