While we don't often realize it, returning to home countries requires more than calling up old friends, seeing family at the airport, and trying to refit everything into a suitcase. It also requires emotionally and spiritually preparing for the changes that will come, expected and unexpected. Spending time in another country gives new perspectives on the world, even when they aren't always obvious. Those who make decisions to follow Jesus as Lord or recommit to faith often have extra levels of tension upon returning to the faith cultures and old patterns of life at home.
Staff should use these materials to begin preparing their students for reentry approximately 4 months before students leave the US, and then plan to keep regular contact to debrief the reentry experience for at least 18 months after returning. Look at the Returnee 18 Month Plan for help and ideas.
Connect to IFES and Link staff in other countries
Stay In Touch
Plans and ideas for helping your students adjust to their time back home after they've returned
Keep yourself and your students safe
Books and Materials
Prepare for reentry and take them home with you