You wouldn’t think that going home, that returning to the familiar, would be so difficult, right?
But it is. For most people – whether you’re an expat, a Fulbright scholar, study abroad student, Peace Corps volunteer, perpetual nomad, intern, volunteer, etc – re-entry (repatriation) is THE hardest part of the entire living abroad experience!
And, unfortunately, most returnees let re-entry work against them, simply because they don’t know how to make re-entry work FOR them.
The result? Unhappiness, frustration, anxiety, depression, strained or lost relationships, identity crises, career loss, and so much more.
That’s why I created the Re-entry Roadmap (and the Study Abroad Re-entry Toolkit), which have helped thousands of returnees all over the world navigate re-entry with greater insight, meaning, and ease.
After muddling through my own multiple re-entries, adding more and more “re-entry rocks” to my “re-entry backpack” that continually weighed me down and caused me so much pain, I decided to find a better way for us all.
Building on personal experience, my PhD research, and 20+ years working in international education and intercultural training, I’ve spent the past several years digging into the re-entry experience and research, writing books and articles, hosting webinars and online summits, leading Re-entry Roadmap groups and workshops, coaching clients, creating custom re-entry programs for organizations, and presenting my ideas at conferences – all in order to figure out what actually works in re-entry.
If you’re struggling in re-entry, whether a little or a lot, rest assured that you’re not alone and you’re not doing anything wrong. It’s not your fault that re-entry often feels surprisingly bewildering and isolating. I remember feeling so alone in my own re-entries (read my re-entry story here) and just muddling through the best I could until I could go abroad again.
Fortunately, you no longer have to muddle through on your own!
I started SPS because it’s time to change our relationship with re-entry. It’s time to stop downplaying the negative – and sometimes devastating – effects of ignoring re-entry. It’s time to stop skipping over the parts of re-entry that actually yield the greatest insight, meaning, and fuel for the rest of your life.
It’s time to invest in making re-entry the most powerful part of your entire living abroad journey.
With the right tools, mindset, and community, you can turn re-entry into a positive, rewarding, transformational force in your life (even if your heart’s desire is to move abroad again). We’re here to help you make that happen.
Ready? Let’s Go!
Welcome to Small Plant Studio (SPS), the go-to community for returnees and those who support returnees.
We use our Re-entry Roadmap 5-step process to guide returnees in making re-entry a positive, powerful, and transformative force in your life. We help you process the complex emotions that surface in re-entry, build a solid re-entry support system, identify who you are now and what you want your life to be like going forward, and then apply all of that insight to what matters most to you – your career, family, studies, friendships, biggest dreams for your life – so you can keep moving forwards with confidence.
Are you a returnee? Start here!
Do you support returnees? Start here!
And be sure to join our Facebook group here!