it really reminds me of my experience of "being culturally shocked"
the language, the food, the way of life, etc i found them all alright because i was easy to get adapted. but i missed my family and friends!!! homesickness almost killed me. but i managed it by making new friends and getting more involved in the family activities of my host family. i knew if something was missing there had to be something to take its place otherwise i would keep feeling bad...
for the difference in culture, by means of daily behaviour and habits, i would only suggest an open mind. always keep it in mind that "it's not wrong, it's not right, it's just different."
Certain aspects of culture shock can be best understood in the context of sense and sensibility. Teachers new to a country need to ask themselves if something is challenging or offending their common sense or the cultural sensibilities. I found that asking myself this question when confronted with issues or decisions regarding food, behaviour or systems provided me with a very workable mechanism through which to interpret each experiences. I also found myself more open to trying new things once I appropriately designated them as issues of cultural sensibility, not common sense.