Perhaps the most difficult thing to come to terms with is that you have changed. By living in another culture you see things differently than before. You've broadened your horizons and see your country, job, family, and friends in a new light. You may get frustrated with family and friends when they ask you about the country you lived in or that they don't know much about the world. You may miss things from abroad such as transport, local foods, or the people.
How to Overcome Reverse Culture Shock
- Keep in touch with friends and family at home while you are abroad.
- Keep up-to-date with the news from your home country.
- Keep in touch with your friends abroad.
- Visit neighbourhoods with people from that country. If you lived in China, head to Chinatown.
- Understand that it takes time to re-adjust.
- Interact with people from that country. Your community college or university might have exchange students. You could try setting up a language exchange.
- You can find more tips in this post at Dave's ESL Cafe.
Just because you're home doesn't mean that you can't leave again.
Updated 20 February 2012