CultureBound has over 50 years of history. We exist to train you for life and work in an unfamiliar culture. We teach you how to learn culture and language, how to become a part of a new community, and how to view your neighbors in a different and positive way.
The core of our mission is to increase the effectiveness of Gospel ministry by facilitating intercultural understanding.
Donald and Faye Smith, missionaries in Zimbabwe, observed and researched communication in various cultures.
The IICC began to include a living and learning environment. They purchased a building and became known as WorldView.
CultureBound offers online training and more in-depth courses for missions, churches, business, schools, and more.
Their findings became widely known and they established the Institute of International Christian Communication.
As training developed and property sold, WorldView transitioned to CultureBound, encompassing culture training in many forms.
Meet Our Team
Mark Hedinger, DIS
Mark leads our team through training and organization. Mark and his family spent 12 years living and teaching in Mexico. He has taught in a variety of international locations and serves in a multicultural church.
Dr. Terry Steele
Director of Academic Programs
Terry brings knowledge and experience in teaching through his thorough education. He teaches at a university and regularly writes academic articles and research pieces.
Director of Language Acquisition Program
Karen's expertise in 4 languages allows her to effectively lead and teach our language acquisition program. She has led alongside her husband Mark for many years.
Lauren's experience overseas has made her a great asset to the CultureBound training program. She is focused on teaching parents and families how to best raise third culture kids.
Director of Communications
Rachel manages and creates all things marketing, social media, and other pieces of communication. Her plans and strategies allow CultureBound to continue growth online.
Business Office Manager
Jon keeps CultureBound running through an abundance of office tasks. His experience has equipped CultureBound to be successful. Jon also serves as a co-host for the podcast.
Kylie is a vital asset to the marketing and production teams. She brings organization and coordination for events and other tasks. Kylie serves as a co-host for the podcast.
Jacob brings technical experience to the CultureBound team. He records, edits, and produces the podcast. Jacob also manages our databases and backend tasks.
Natalie is a major asset to our team with her expertise and training ability. She leads many of our CultureCourse cohort classes and some of our additional courses.
The presentation was very clear and helpful. In comparison to other trainings, CultureBound explains things more deeply with a very concrete structure.
CultureCourse is a great way to learn about new cultures with a humble and well-trained group of individuals. I cannot recommend this training enough!