The experience of differences in culture for some Latin Americans –subject to marked regional variations and applicable to lots of cultures as well..:

* Enjoying time rather than managing it; emphasis on “being” rather than “doing.” There is always time, human needs are more important, deadlines can be changed.
* Primacy given to having time for personal relations.
* Polychronic use of time. Polychronic cultures like to do multiple things at the same time. Monochronic cultures like to do just one thing at a time. They value a certain orderliness and sense of there being an appropriate time and place for everything. They do not value interruptions.

*High context culture. A low context culture is one in which things are fully (though concisely) spelled out. Things are made explicit, and there is considerable dependence on what is actually said or written. A high context culture is one in which the communicators assume a great deal of commonality of knowledge and views, so that less is spelled out explicitly and much more is implicit or communicated in indirect ways. In a low context culture, more responsibility is placed on the listener to keep up their knowledge base and remain plugged into informal networks.
Interactions between high and low context peoples can be problematic. One can be seen as blunt, devious, bafflingly unforthcoming with information, or explaining the obvious. Low context cultures are not known for their ability to tolerate or understand diversity, and tend to be more insular.

* Closer physical contact and interpersonal space use. Greeting with a welcoming smile, a soft handshake, hug or kiss.
* Primacy of tight, intimate emotional relationships with family and close friends
* Importance of personal, face-to-face relations and establishing and maintaining warm human relations.
* Stress on relational rather than independent, autonomous personal identity.
* Different uses of public space in urban settings; i.e., Latin American cities set up to have people and stores close by, encouraging social contact; enjoyment of the “crowd” rather than trying to get away from it.
* Different uses of space in homes; i.e., tendency to congregate in the living/dining area rather than in the kitchen. TV is more important in the main bedroom than in the living area.
* Communication with people outside of one’s circle of intimates tends to be more formal.
* Beyond intimate circles, stress on distrust and streetwiseness.
* Sense of life’s unpredictability and having to be ready for things taking a turn for worse.
* Primacy given to the word as a creative symbol; stress upon artistic rather than instrumental uses of words and ideas.
* In working the focus is on the process, not on the outcome. It is essential to invest in establishing a relationship before focusing on the task. A warm-up period is typically required to create a good interpersonal environment in which the task can be accomplished most effectively.

* Planning Ahead Versus Spontaneity: plans can be considered more as general guides than anticipated outcomes. This is due in part to the need for more flexibility and adjustability due to unexpected events or circumstances that commonly occur in daily life in the region.