Americans Abroad: Behavior for Crusaders

Dropped into Berlin one morning without guide or direction, the young man in search of education floundered in a mere mess of misunderstanding.

So wrote befuddled Bostonian Henry Adams about his first trip to Europe in 1858. Until recently, most Americans were hardly better prepared than Adams was to face the languages, customs and currencies of the countries they planned to visit. But more and more U.S. citizens today face the prospect of living abroad for extended periods during their lifetime, as students, diplomats, businessmen or Peace Corps volunteers. Training them to cope with alien habits has become a burgeoning new...

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