Beyond Reverse Culture Shock Part 3: The Journey of Post-Traumatic Growth

by Shonna Ingram Welcome to Part 3 of our series, where we’ll explore each re-entry season in depth, uncovering how to apply the principles of post-traumatic growth and offering specific resources for each season of the journey. (If you missed them, you can read Part 1 and Part 2 at these links.) The concept of … Continue reading Beyond Reverse Culture Shock Part 3: The Journey of Post-Traumatic Growth

Beyond Reverse Culture Shock Part 2: A Case Study of the Three Seasons of Re-entry

by Shonna Ingram In this second installment of our three-part series on Beyond Reverse Culture Shock (read Part 1 here), I will share a case study to explore the complexities of the three seasons of re-entry. To review: Season 1 (Return) encompasses the nine months prior to departure from the field and the initial six … Continue reading Beyond Reverse Culture Shock Part 2: A Case Study of the Three Seasons of Re-entry

Beyond Reverse Culture Shock Part 1: Trauma-Informed Care for the Re-entry Journey

by Shonna Ingram As I stepped off the plane at Houston International Airport with my husband and four children between the ages of 9 and 14, my thoughts were all over the place. We thought we were ready for the next season. A little broken, sure. A little uncertain sure, but isn’t that what God … Continue reading Beyond Reverse Culture Shock Part 1: Trauma-Informed Care for the Re-entry Journey

Culture shock is hard no matter what. Dear newbie, be gentle with yourself.

by Katherine Seat Dear Friend, I’m so excited to hear you are getting ready to leave your passport country and move to my host country. It’s great to hear about all the preparation you’ve been doing over the past few years to get to this point. Now you’re at the point where you actually have … Continue reading Culture shock is hard no matter what. Dear newbie, be gentle with yourself.

When Culture Shock Makes You Cuss

It was summer 2008, and I was the only female in my language class. It was my turn to say a simple past-tense sentence, and I had once again managed to maintain my streak of zero percent accuracy. I was on my sixth try that day, and I was failing on all fronts. But that … Continue reading When Culture Shock Makes You Cuss

Beyond Culture Shock: Culture Pain and culture Stripping

Expatriates are told to prepare for Culture Shock and expect to experience it within their first year. But what about after that year? What about after seven years? Nine? Fifteen? What about the frustrations and tears, hurt and stress, internal (or external) cries for ‘home’? What about those days when you will do anything to get.out.of.here? After the … Continue reading Beyond Culture Shock: Culture Pain and culture Stripping

Covid and culture shock feel the same to your brain — and here’s why

by Peter Olson We suspect you’ve been feeling it too. A frustrating sense of ‘molasses’ clogging your thoughts. A fatigue you just can’t seem to shake. Feeling ‘tired’ or ‘worn-out’ as you search to journey through normal days that simply don’t feel as normal as they should. As we have both watched and experienced the … Continue reading Covid and culture shock feel the same to your brain — and here’s why

4 Things You Should Know About Reverse Culture Shock

by Natalie Arauco You can’t prepare for the culture shock that hits you when visiting your passport country. You go, excited to reconnect with friends and supports, but something feels off. Things are not the same as they used to be. Has the world changed so much while you’ve been away? Or is it you … Continue reading 4 Things You Should Know About Reverse Culture Shock

Third Culture Kids, College, and Culture Shock

This year two of my three Third Culture Kids are graduating. Last year, we went on college tours in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We observed some, um, interesting cultural things. Our observations were specific to the Midwest and our perspective comes from 16 years in the Horn of Africa. But, they just might help you with … Continue reading Third Culture Kids, College, and Culture Shock

CULTURE SHOCK! (yes, it still happens at 6 months)

By Beth Barthelemy It’s been almost six months since we stepped off the plane and onto South African soil. Six months of glorious new experiences, of meeting new people and trying new foods, of seeing new sights and relishing (mostly) sunny weather… and six months of that dreaded companion known to all cross-cultural workers: culture … Continue reading CULTURE SHOCK! (yes, it still happens at 6 months)

Culture Shock: On the Up Curve

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Coming up to three years in country and most days are finally ok. It’s been almost a year since I broke out in sobs because I burnt granola, or couldn’t find oats in town, or judged a friend better at everything than I am. Through the free fall from honeymoon into disillusionment and then the … Continue reading Culture Shock: On the Up Curve

Beyond Culture Shock: Culture Pain, Culture Stripping

Expatriates are told to prepare for Culture Shock and expect to experience it within their first year. But what about after that year? What about after seven years? Nine? Fifteen? What about the frustrations and tears, hurt and stress, internal (or external) cries for ‘home’? What about those days when you will do anything to … Continue reading Beyond Culture Shock: Culture Pain, Culture Stripping