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Question : How can I prepare for repatriation to London?

Answer from Helen Watts, expert in Re-entry

First take some time to think about your time away. Here are a few questions to guide you:
Which things did you like or not like about life overseas? Which do you want to take home and retain, which can you not take? What have been your significant friendships overseas and why? What friendships have you maintained well in your passport country, which do you expect to pick up again, which will have changed / who has moved away? What are your expectations of your extended family when you move back, and their expectations of you? How have I changed physically, socially, mentally, emotionally, politically, financially, spiritually, ambition-wise? How much has “home” changed while I’ve been away?

Put some things/people in place that you can draw on when you return:
- If you’re not sure what comes next job / career-wise, find yourself a coach/careers adviser that can assist you move on to the next phase.
- If you have found the assignment stressful at all, it’s worth having a debrief from a trained debriefer, who can listen to your experiences in a non-judgemental way and help you assimilate the challenges and the good things.
- Take advice on schools if you’re going back to an unfamiliar town/city.
- Find people who are willing and able to advise you on who to use for electricity/gas/phone/broadband suppliers so that you don’t have to do all of that research yourself. There are quite enough decisions to make without getting overwhelmed by relatively small ones as well!
- Use social media to find others who have moved back to locations near where you will be – other repatriates are often the best source of understanding and advice
- Come up with a 20 second summary of your time overseas so that those who are interested can ask more and those who aren’t can move swiftly on!
- Join Re-entry stories group on Facebook – a place to dialog with other repatriates ( )
- Read a book on re-entry (amongst others):
- Homeward Bound: A Spouse's Guide to Repatriation (Robin Pascoe)
- The Art of Coming Home (Craig Storti)
- Burn up or Splash Down by Marion Knell (focussed on missionaries returning home).

Helen Watts - Expert in Re-entry

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