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Written by Corina Mihaela Paraschiv   
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 01:55

Your trip does not have to end when you come back home. Here are a few ideas of how to make the pleasure last through reading.



Re-read your Journals
While abroad, one thing I did was write in my journal all the things I wanted to learn more about or achieve or try when I'd have more time, but didn't get a chance to right on the spot.  By rereading my journal, then, I find out all these insightful lessons for my life and those ideas of things to try.  I also try to do related activities.  For instance, when I reread about a trip in China, I deicded to make it a chinese week.  Since it coincided with the Chinese New Year, it was perfect.  I set out to make chinese lanterns, I made blog entries on conducting business in china and the chinese culture, and I found a funny documentary on the chinese new year in my city and did some chinese calligraphy out of a book, too.



Collect things to read for later
While on my trips, I often ran into books or magazines I could not find back home nor had the time to read while on the trip, but knew I would love them -- so I paid the extra fees for my luggage weight and got them home -- a valuable move as it kept my sense of discovery alive even after the trip was over.


Read other travelers' blogs
Whether it's about an exchange trip to the same country you went to or a brand new one, it can be fun to read about experiences you can relate to -- as you see someone discovering an entire new culture thorugh his own eyes. 


List of Recommended Readings by Dr. Labreque

Hess, J. D. The Whole World Guide to Culture Learning. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1994.

Holm, B. Coming Home Crazy. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 1990.

Kepets, D. (1995), Back in the USA: Reflecting on your study abroad experience and putting it to work. Washington, DC: NAFSA Association of International Educators

Kauffman, N. L., J. N. Martin and H. D. Weaver with J. Weaver. Students Abroad—Strangers at Home: Education for a Global Society. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1992.

Smith, C. D. (Ed.). Strangers at Home: Essays on the Effects of Living Overseas and Coming "Home" to a Strange Land. Bayside, NY: Aletheia Publications, 1996.

Storti, C. The Art of Coming Home. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1997.

Ward, C., S. Bochner, & A. Furnham. The Psychology of Culture Shock, 2nd. ed.  East Sussex, Great Britain: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2001. Note: Chapter 7 ("Sojourners: International Students") deals with study abroad and international educational exchange groups in terms of adjustment both abroad and upon return home.



Recommended Websites to Visit

Innovation Platform (Internationalism Section)

Coming Home: Relationships, Roots, and Unpacking

Home Again! (cross-cultural re-entry)

What's Up with Culture (Module 2)


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