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Advice for Coming Home

A few weeks ago, as I was writing my guest post about re-entry for Meet, Plan, Go!, I asked some friends on Facebook and Twitter for their words of wisdom about re-entry and culture shock.

Here’s what they said:

“Don’t expect everyone to understand.”
Chris Guillebeau

“Be a tourist at home. It’s not just the place you left behind that has nice things!”
@Nina_Camilla

“The whole object of travel isn’t to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on ones own country as a foreign land.”
(quote from G.K.Chesterton) – @DanielleSleeper

“If you’re returning to a “home” based job, it is critical that that the org plan carefully how to use your new skills and experiences back at home. This is where so many orgs drop the ball. It is a huge issue in the relo industry.”
– Missy Gluckmann

“Don’t plan to start back to college classes 48 hours after returning from a year of not speaking English.”
– MC Nachtigal

“Things will not be the same. YOU are not the same.”
–Robin Blanc

 

What words of wisdom would YOU add?

 

P.S. Be sure to check out my 20-minute interview with David Comp on tips for getting into the international education field!

About Author

Hello, I'm Dr. Cate Brubaker! Are you a returnee who has been surprised to find your return "home" harder than going abroad? I created the Re-entry Roadmap workbook just for you. If you work with returnees, I'm here to help you with innovative resources and training that will make it easier to provide meaningful support for your returnees.