We all know that we don’t pat the back of a colleague in Korea to thank them for a “job well done”. Or eat with your left hand in India, or sip vodka in Russia. In many countries, these actions are harmless. But in others, they can give a wrong impression or cause offense.

In fact, whatever culture you’re from, it’s likely that you routinely do something that could cause offense somewhere else in the world. So here is:

A primer on how to avoid mistakes in

Burundi culture photo

Photo by Rachel Strohm

Respect for the Burundian Elders is a requirement. The younger people of the villages with kinship systems show respect to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and to strangers. The Burundians also show respect to younger and of same age. The Burundians show respect and appreciate it in return.

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Burundi, and key facts on culture and customs. Another important part of the culture is the local food and the local drinks. Make sure you read our posts on Burundi food and drinks:

Local food you should try in Burundi and No miss drinks in Burundi.

Other tips that you’d like to share on mistakes to avoid in Burundi? Please comment below.