Ways to reduce reverse culture shock:
Share your experiences with others – Although you may feel like you are bragging or that no one wants to listen, there will be those around you who will support you with an honest interest in your experience. You could even start a blog and write about your time teaching abroad.
Maintain your international style – Just because you are at home doesn’t mean you have to give up the things you enjoyed whilst in China. Eat your favourite foreign dishes, continue to practice your new found Chinese language skills, and keep in touch with your international friends through Facebook and Wechat.
Reverse culture shock is a transition - The good news is that although it may take some time, you will gradually adjust back to the culture of your home country and be comfortable with where and whom you are.
Overall in the vast majority of cases teaching abroad is a tremendously positive experience and the upsides of teaching in China are endless. You have the chance to be part of a new culture, learn a foreign language, meet people from all over the world…and from a career orientated perspective you become a significantly more attractive candidate for future jobs. It is true, home is never really the same again, but for the better. You will have broadened your horizons and experienced things most people may only dream about. So don’t hesitate to start your own story about teaching in China……
By Oliver Gorman, Personal Placement Consultant
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