Coming home can be challenging. You may feel disconnected from your family and friends or have the sense they have moved on or that you have changed as a result of your time abroad. In the first few weeks home, you can feel lacking in purpose, feel guilty about those you left behind at your placement or experience difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite or stress.
Here are our tips for settling in back home:
- Look after yourself – see your doctor if you’re not feeling well after returning home and if you are feeling overwhelmed about returning and would like to talk to someone, we encourage you to contact Campus Wellbeing.
- Share your experiences with your family and friends, connect with fellow GLPers at Colloquia and Think Tanks and if you’re a budding writer, write about your time abroad for the GLP blog.
- Be patient with yourself and your family and friends – give yourself time to reflect on your experiences, do the things you love doing at home and remember while you’ve been volunteering your family and friends have carried on with their lives, so while they might be interested, they might not always be able to relate.
- Add your volunteering experience to your CV – look at Macquarie Careers and Employment Service iLearn module, CareerWise, for tips.
- Get active! Has your time away inspired you to continue to contribute to your local and global community? Look for local volunteering options or ways to continue to stay connected with the volunteer work you were doing overseas. Check out the GLP Facebook Group for ideas.