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-Communicating and sharing your feelings with friends and family -Reflecting on your experiences abroad by creating a photo or scrapbook, or writing in a journal-Participating in future study abroad events-Helping other students who want to study abroad-Consider post-graduate international options-Working or voluntering abroad
REVERSE CULTURE SHOCK!!
Similar to culture shock, adjustments need to be made to reacquaint yourself with your home surroundings.
Suggestions to Counteract Reverse Culture Shock
Understanding that reverse culture shock involves an adjustment process similar to when you first arrived at your host country will help in readjusting at home.
Reverse culture shock is usually described in 4 stages:
As you prepare to leave your host country, you being to realize that it's time to say good-bye and you are moving away from your overseas experience and friends. The last few days can past by too quickly for you to have time to reflect on your emotions and experiences.
Feelings of frustration, anger, alienation, loneliness, disorientation, and helplessness may arise, and you may not understand why. You many even feel like an outsider - a foreigner in your own country.
Shortly after having arrived back in your own country, you and your friends and family are equally exited to seeing each other again. Returning students may suddenly and/or painfully realize that most people are not as interested in your experiences abroad and are ready to move on onto other topics of discussion.
As you gradually adjust to life at home, things will start to become more normal again. You may still have some difficulty filtering out the foreign vocabulary, but the shock of the different cultures will eventually subside.
IRRITABILITY AND HOSTILITY
READJUSTMENT AND ADAPTION
Returning students have adapted to an entirely new culture, but may also have to face the challenges of coming back home. You may not have been aware of the changes you have made after your study abroad term and you may also find that your friends and family may have changed as well.It may be difficult to express your feelings or find it difficult for other to relate to what you have experienced.