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  • Reverse Culture Shock and YOU.

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Re-entry ????!
  • What is it?
  • Culture shock is the expected confrontation with
    the unfamiliar re-entry shock is the unexpected
    confrontation with the familiar.
  • R. Michael Paige, Maximizing Study Abroad
  • Will it get me?
  • 2010 JET Survey says 65.7 of JETs experienced
    reverse culture shock/re-entry shock

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Reverse Culture Shock Time-line
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Top 10 Challenges(in no particular order)
  • Boredom After all the newness and stimulation of
    your time abroad, a return to family, friends and
    old routines can seem dull. Try to find ways to
    overcome it by trying new things, travelling
    domestically or continuing cultural studies.
  • No one wants to hear One thing you can count on
    up your return no one will be as interested in
    hearing about your adventures and triumphs as you
    will be in sharing those experiences. Be
    realistic in your expectations of how fascinating
    your journey will be for others to listen to. Be
    brief.
  • You can't explain Even when given a chance to
    explain all the sights you saw and feeling you
    had while studying abroad, it's likely to be a
    bit frustrating to relay them adequately. It can
    be hard for others to understand who haven't had
    such an experience. It's ok to fail to make them
    understand.
  • Reverse "homesickness" Just as you probably
    missed home for a time after arriving overseas,
    it's as natural to experience the same for the
    people, places, and things that you grew
    accustomed to while abroad. While writing,
    calling and keeping contact can help, but this is
    a natural part of study abroad.
  • Relationships have changed It is inevitable that
    when you return you will notice that some
    relationships with friends and family will have
    changed. Just like you have changed while abroad,
    so have things at home. Openness, flexibility,
    and minimal preconceptions can help prepare you.
  • People see the "wrong" changes Sometimes people
    may concentrate on small alterations in your
    behavior or ideas and seem threatened or upset by
    them. These reactions can be caused by any number
    of things, but be aware of people's reactions and
    monitor yourself, and it will likely pass.
  • People misunderstand A few people will
    misinterpret your words or actions in such a way
    that communication becomes difficult. Things that
    may have been normal or acceptable abroad, are
    seen as offensive or odd at home. Keep conscious
    of how you look and behave to others and it is
    interpreted.
  • Feeling alienated/seeing with "critical eyes"
    Sometimes the reality of being back home is not
    as enjoyable as how you imagined it. Some develop
    a tendency to see faults at home that you didn't
    notice before. Mental comparisons are alright
    just keep them to yourself until you regain a
    balanced perspective.
  • Inability to apply new knowledge and skills Many
    returnees are frustrated by the lack of
    opportunity to apply newly gained social,
    linguistic, and practical coping skills that
    appear to be unnecessary or irrelevant at home.
    However, you can use all the cross cultural
    adjustment skills to assist your own re-entry.
  • Loss/compartmentalization of experience Being
    home, combined with the pressures of job, school,
    family, and friends often conspires to make
    returnees worried that they might somehow "lose"
    their experience. By maintaining contacts abroad,
    practicing cross-cultural skills, sharing with
    others you can remember and honor your time
    abroad.

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  • 1 Boredom
  • After all the newness and stimulation of your
    time abroad, a return to family, friends and old
    routines can seem dull. Try to find ways to
    overcome it by trying new things, travelling
    domestically or continuing cultural studies.

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  • 2 No one wants to hear
  • One thing you may experience about your return
    no one will be as interested in hearing about
    your adventures and triumphs as you will be in
    sharing those experiences. Be realistic in your
    expectations of how fascinating your journey will
    be for others to listen to. Be brief.

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  • 3 You can't explain
  • Even when given a chance to explain all the
    sights you saw and feeling you had while living
    abroad, it's likely to be a bit frustrating to
    relay them adequately. It can be hard for others
    to understand who haven't had such an experience.
    It's ok to fail to make them understand.

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  • 4 Reverse "homesickness"
  • Just as you probably missed home for a time after
    arriving overseas, its as natural to experience
    the same for the people, places, and things that
    you grew accustomed to while abroad. While
    writing, calling and keeping contact can help,
    but this is a natural part of living abroad.

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  • 5 Relationships have changed
  • It is inevitable that when you return you will
    notice that some relationships with friends and
    family will have changed. Just like you have
    changed while abroad, so have things at home.
    Openness, flexibility, and minimal preconceptions
    can help prepare you.

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  • 6 People see the "wrong" changes Sometimes
    people may concentrate on small alterations in
    your behavior or ideas and seem threatened or
    upset by them. These reactions can be caused by
    any number of things, but be aware of people's
    reactions and monitor yourself, and it will
    likely pass.

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  • 7 People misunderstand
  • A few people will misinterpret your words or
    actions in such a way that communication becomes
    difficult. Things that may have been normal or
    acceptable abroad, are seen as offensive or odd
    at home. Keep conscious of how you look and
    behave to others and it is interpreted.

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  • 8 Feeling alienated/seeing with "critical eyes"
  • Sometimes the reality of being back home is not
    as enjoyable as how you imagined it. Some develop
    a tendency to see faults at home that you didn't
    notice before. Mental comparisons are alright
    just keep them to yourself until you regain a
    balanced perspective.

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  • 9 Inability to apply new knowledge and skills
  • Many returnees are frustrated by the lack of
    opportunity to apply newly gained social,
    linguistic, and practical coping skills that
    appear to be unnecessary or irrelevant at home.
    However, you can use all the cross cultural
    adjustment skills to assist your own re-entry.

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  • 10 Loss/compartmentalization of experience
  • Being home, combined with the pressures of job,
    school, family, and friends often conspires to
    make returnees worried that they might somehow
    "lose" their experience. By maintaining contacts
    abroad, practicing cross-cultural skills, sharing
    with others you can remember and honor your time
    abroad.

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Life after JET is NOT game over!
  • Understand that it is common
  • Cut yourself some slack
  • Continue learning
  • JET ALUMNI
  • Use your experience points
  • Level up!
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