Differences in the American and Ecuadorian Culture Essay

1875 Words Oct 25th, 2010 8 Pages
Tyler Copier
Autoethnography
Com. 3190

Differences in the American and Ecuadorian Culture

Culture makes up who we are, what we believe and how we behave. About four years ago, I had the opportunity to live in Ecuador. I found the relationships and communication perspective to be very interesting and after spending two years there, I was able to notice several distinct intercultural differences between the American and Ecuadorian cultures. Since my analysis of Ecuador is only based off of my personal experience, I’ve also invited my friend Luis Salas from Quito, Ecuador who is currently attending Brigham Young University to give his own insights. By gaining his perspective of what it’s like to live in America as an
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This idea doesn’t apply to most Ecuadorians. According to Steven Bjorn, writer of “In Our Nutshell”, there are always two kinds of relationships you will find in a work group. There are task oriented people, and there are social orientated people. Bjorn writes that in a high task oriented atmosphere, you will find that people are stricter and more concerned about the outcome of the job. I picture someone who is very task oriented to be very numbers oriented as well, someone who focuses a great deal on accomplishing goals. A person living in a social orientation would be more compassionate with his workers, someone who cares about the feelings of his or her clients. I found the Ecuadorian Culture to have a higher task orientation, while the American Culture has lower task oriented people. In Ecuador, They are more concerned about the getting the job done than they are about the feelings of their employees. Although Bjorn states that a task oriented environment is usually known for being the more successful, I disagree. I remember in one particular occasion on my mission I had two leaders. One of the leaders was from California, and the other was from a southern city in Ecuador. I noticed that the way these two handled problems were very different. I felt that I was able to relate to the leader from California far more than I was able to relate to the Ecuadorian missionary. I

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