A Question of Identity
At ETTC, we have staff and student teachers from more than 10 different countries all over the world. What we all have in common of course is the fact that we love to travel, to communicate and to meet people who may come from a cultural background that’s different from ours.
What do we mean when we refer to somebody’s cultural background? Cultural background denotes the “totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought that a person has grown up in and belongs to. It is associated with countries and regions”.
If you are Austrian, this means you grew up with a rich tradition of a Central European country. This includes its specific religious holidays and all its rituals (you may have survived many a Krampus night during your childhood!), the gorgeous landscape and cuisine (your granny’s Guglhupf was probably amazing, and we are so jealous of your coffee houses!). Even if you take these things for granted, most of our English native speakers at ETTC who come to Austria for the first time are excited and eager to explore the Austrian way of life.
At ETTC we have team-building activities that are specifically Austrian, such as this year’s Oktoberfest (see picture).
It’s important to us. Austria matters to us. Why? Because we are all cultural ambassadors: we come here to inspire young people and bring them the best parts from our own cultures. It’s give and take – so we want to experience yours too!