Recently Returned

Welcome Home

Welcome home, and welcome to the area.

We want NCPCA to serve as a resource for you as you get settled back in to life in the USA.

Many of us have reflected that coming home felt much more difficult than all that went into joining Peace Corps: learning a new language and trying to understand a new culture, getting settled in at a site and turning strangers into friends.

In trying to integrate your experience, it is enormously helpful to interact with a group of people who understand, and want to listen.

Please come meet us! There is an event calendar here on our website, or feel free to get in touch with the email contact form.

Affected by the COVID-19 evacuations?

Re-entry Guide for RPCVs who come home early

 

You’ve planned your life around serving in Peace Corps for years, spending countless hours putting together your application, reading about the location and local culture, and preparing for an amazing experience. And now, due to an unexpected illness or geopolitical instability, you’ve left early and suddenly find yourself back home.

Now what?

First, know that all of your feelings are valid. Whether disappointment, regret from things you didn’t get to do or projects that weren’t completed or celebrated, sadness from missing friends you made and not being able to say goodbye, gratitude that you got to experience even just a little bit of what you had hoped, or maybe relief that you’re home and no longer battling illness, feeling multiple things at once as a reaction to an abrupt change is normal.

No matter how our service ended, we RPCVs here in North Carolina returned…some directly to jobs or graduate school, others through medical evacuation and eventual separation. Some things we’ll understand completely; other things are unique for you that we may never fully grasp. But we are here to be a sounding board, to mentor you, and to help you transition to what’s next.

 

Second, this may be an opportunity to reconsider your project in a different light:

·       Is there a way you can contribute to you community partner or host organization from back home?

·       Are there local entities doing similar work who could use an extra pair of hands (perhaps virtually)?

·       How were you planning to bring this experience home anyway?

Additional Resources

Book: The Art of Coming Home by Craig Storti (an oldie but goodie- a true classic in the field!):
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1931930147/104-8336893-6245566 

 

Career site for RPCVs from Peace Corps: https://www.peacecorps.gov/returned-volunteers/careers/

 

Blog post from Cate Brubaker’s Small Planet Studio on Re-Entry: https://globallygrounded.com/2018/05/17/returning-home-insight-from-an-expert/ 

 

Re-Entry booklet designed for Freeman Business School students, but the sections on re-entry, “reverse culture shock,” etc. may prove useful: https://freemanabroad.tulane.edu/_customtags/ct_FileRetrieve.cfm?File_ID=233059 

 

FIGT(Families in Global Transitions) blog post with suggestions for ex-pats who are coming home:
https://www.figt.org/blog/6985353 

Calendar of Events

Connect with the Peace Corps community at these upcoming events!