Tips for helping us return.

The following thoughts were taken from a blog of another RPCV and changed to reflect our experiences in Georgia. You can read their exceptional blog at: http://jeddandmichelle.com/

Practical Ways You Can Help a Returnee

 

  • Don’t expect everything to be exactly the same Returning home “should” feel comfortable for RPCVs (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers). But in reality, it might not. Because we may not even realize how much we’ve changed on the inside, Returned Volunteers may feel conflicted or confused even when things are familiar. We will be seeing our former life from a different vantage point, good and/or bad.

 

  • Support us by showing interest Whether you see it or not, we’ll be processing the experiences we’ve had in Peace Corps for a long time coming. It’s a huge part of our lives that we don’t want to forget or minimize. If you do want to hear about our experiences, it can help to carve out a time and space to really talk. But we don’t have to sit down and hash it all out at once. Ask genuine questions that you’re curious about, as you think of them. Or, just hang around and our stories will come out naturally in conversations. However it happens, we’ll definitely appreciate your interest.

 

  • Please try to ask specific questions  It’s basically impossible to answer the question, “How was it?” As our friends put it so well, this is as good as you’re going to get: “There were some really awesome parts, but honestly, there were some really awful parts. Most days were something in between.” Could you sum up the last two years of your life on the spot? Again, if there’s something in particular that you’re truly curious about, ask. (What kind of resources do the teachers have access to in Georgia? What are the most common meals people eat? What was your house/host family like?) If you don’t know where to start, ask to see a few of our videos/pictures they’re a short and sweet way to share an overview of our experiences with you.

 

  • Include us  We’ve lived apart for 26 months. And we have greatly missed our family and friends. You will definitely make home feel like home again! But be aware that we don’t know what our future holds except that our first priority is too connect with family all over the U.S. We have been each other’s main support for this journey and now we are delighted to reach out to all of you and support one another in new ways.

 

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5 thoughts on “Tips for helping us return.

  1. Julie MacGregor

    Sue and Tom,
    Thanks for sharing this. It will be a big help to us as we reconnect with you and learn about your life in Georgia.

    Safe travels!
    Love,
    Julie

  2. Marcella M.Missar

    ML and I will be with you in spirit as always.Will wait for a time you can choose to visit each of your families….We want to hear your stories…any that you want to share.
    Love and Hugs,
    ML and Aunt Marcie

  3. Mary Cheeks

    Re-entry to American culture was such a challenge for us in the 60’s. So glad to learn that you are being prepared for this. Look forward to sharing our stories and experiences. Safari salaama, Mary

  4. Judy Sassetti

    Thanks so much for including us in your journey these past two years. We haven’t commented much, but we have enjoyed every one of your posts. We pray for your safe return, and look forward to seeing you again.
    Judy and Bpb

  5. Betty Souza

    A useful set of suggestions. I hadn’t thought about the difficulty in return. Please lead us to help you in the best way possible. We so want to help the reassimilation go well. Blessings.

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