Learning and Development/Adjusting back to PH Life

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What is Reverse Culture Shock?

“The shock experienced upon return to one’s own culture after an international or other similar cross-cultural experience” (Young, 2014).

This occurs when a returning student has

a) an idealised view of home; and b) the expectation of total familiarity (that nothing at home has changed while you have been away)

Reverse culture shock is a cycle which can be described in four stages:

1 Begins before you leave your host country. You begin thinking about re-entry and making your preparations for your return home. You may also begin to realise that its time to say good-bye to your new friends and to the place you've come to calf home. The hustle and bustle of final exams, good-bye parties and packing can intensify your feelings of sadness and frustration. You already miss the friends you've made, and you are reluctant to leave. Or, you may make your last few days fly by so fast that you don't have time to reflect on your emotions and experiences.

Usually begins shortly before departure, and it is characterised by feelings of excitement and anticipation - even euphoria - about returning home. This is very similar to the initial feelings of fascination and excitement you may have had when you first entered your host country. You may be very happy to see your family and friends again, and they will also be happy to see you. The length of this stage varies, and often ends with the perception that most people are not as interested in your experiences overseas as you had hoped. It might help to remember that, while your friends and family will enjoy hearing about your exchange, they did not experience it personally and therefore cannot relate to each situation the way you can. This can feel frustrating - even disappointing - and you might feel for a time like no one understands you. They will politely listen to your stories for a while, but you may feel that soon they are ready to move on to the next topic of conversation.

3 You may experience feelings of frustration, anger, alienation, loneliness, disorientation, and helplessness and not understand exactly why. You might quickly become irritated or critical of others and of Australian culture. Depression, feeling like a stranger at home and the longing to go back overseas are also not uncommon reactions. You may also feel less independent than you were while abroad.
4 A gradual readjustment to life at home. Things will start to seem a little more normal again, and you will probably fall back into some old routines, but things won't be exactly the same as how you left them. You have most likely developed new attitudes, beliefs, habits, as well as personal and professional goals, and you will see things differently now. The important thing is to try to incorporate the positive aspects of your international experience while overseas with the positive aspects of your life at home in Australia.
  • Source~:* Edith Cowan University

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How do I leverage my skills and experiences from Australia back in the Philippines?

Looking for answers. I expect there will be many answers depending on the profession.

What are the things I miss back in Australia?

  1. Hearing the phrase "see you later!"
  2. Very accessible beaches
  3. Convenient transportation
  4. Kangaroos and koalas
  5. Tim Tam
  6. Tram and trains

Let us know what you think. We'd love to see them in the comment section below.