From Apprehensive to Quietly Confident

How to prepare for re-entry to your home country | taught by Helen Watts

Course description


Unsettled by the thought of going home? Learn how to leave your overseas posting well and arrive home confidently


Many people talk about re-entry being hard, and they're not wrong - research shows it is a difficult transition. Posts on social media are full of people who are finding it hard to adjust to living at home again, so it's no wonder there is so much angst about it.

The problem is, many people assume they're just "going home," so they don't need to do anything special to prepare - but then end up wondering what went wrong, and why it was so painful.

By learning about reverse culture shock, transition and how to leave well, you can make all the difference to going home. You can go home with confidence, knowing what to expect and how to support yourself through the process.

Please note: I use the expression "going home" throughout this course, knowing full well that it may no longer feel like home to you. Forgive me - it is less clunky than always saying "going back to your passport country" etc.!


What to expect from the course:

  • A mixture of videos and worksheets to help you walk through the process of finishing well in your overseas location, arriving and settling in your home country
  • Worksheets with self-reflective questions to help you prepare for what you will encounter when you get home
  • Confidence and calmness about facing re-entry, despite not knowing exactly what it will be like and what form your reverse culture shock will take


FAQ

How do I get the course to recognise how much I have completed? Each time you finish a video or worksheet, click on "Next" on the right hand side. Then it will show it as complete. If you just navigate through the menu on the left of the screen, it will not show as completed.

I'm not leaving for a year - is this course relevant for me? Yes - this course is aimed at you if you are in the process of getting ready to leave, so anywhere in the last 12 months of an assignment. Obviously some of it will make more sense the closer you get to leaving, but you can spread the materials out over the time you have left, and delve back into them at any time.

I'm leaving in a few weeks - have I got enough time to do the course? You may not have time to complete it before you leave. I would advise doing Module 2 on finishing well before you leave, and the rest can be done any time after that. You will still gain benefit from the course.

Can I buy several courses together for my staff? Courses currently need to be bought separately by an individual because of the sign-up process. If you are interested in buying a group of courses, please get in touch, and I can change that.

I am trying to decide whether to repatriate or not - can the course help me with this? There are many reasons why people decide to return "home," so I can't possibly go into them all in a short course. The course will not cover the practicalities of decisions and moving, as these are intensely personal things, and depend on who you are and where you are. The course covers more of the emotional impact of making your transition, which is common to everyone. Please do get in touch if I can help you with a more personal call to work through your decision-making!


Music used in course courtesy of https://bensound.com

Helen Watts
Helen Watts
Re-entry Expert

I spent a year in Germany as a student and two blocks of time in Kyrgyzstan, once with my husband, and again with children, so I've done re-entry several times in different ways. On returning from Kyrgyzstan in 2010 I retrained as a coach and debriefer because I'm passionate about helping expats thrive when they return to their home country.  

Expats by nature are pretty resilient, and able to handle many different situations. But re-entry or repatriation can be the hardest move you'll ever make. I'm here to make that easier and to help you know what to expect.

Let's journey together - and if there's anything else I can do to help ease your transition please do get in touch!

Reviews (4)

A valuable resource!

by Nicola Aylett
I’m very thankful for a course like this, which I can thoroughly recommend to those preparing to return to the UK. There is a lot of helpful advice gathered here, from well-respected authors in this field, as well as from Helen’s own personal experience. The worksheets provide a good framework for reflection and personal application of the topics covered. There are also some very practical ideas, along the way, as to how to prepare and to negotiate this major transition. I think that for some people it will be much easier to engage with this course than with reading a book, and if they are able to interact with the worksheets there will also be more benefit. I believe this course will be a valuable resource for our organisation, and definitely well worth the cost!

From freakin’ out to feelin’ fearless!

by Deb Bryan
I found the course really useful as I prepare to head back to my passport country after eight years away. I smiled at the title of the course, as I am living amongst many Americans for whom ‘From Apprehensive to Quietly Confident‘ may seem a little understated. So, even that observation makes me realise I may not be so British anymore. I really appreciated the opportunity to intentionally set aside time to think through my experiences and what I have learned. I am aware that I will need to use my cross cultural skills as I return to the U.K. as I and my friends, family and country have changed a lot in the last few years. I liked Helen’s gentle yet direct style and the questions and worksheets which enabled me to take things deeper. I am feeling a little less apprehensive and slightly more quietly confident than I might otherwise have been.

Thoughtful and thorough content!

by Amanda Batista
This course has helped me immensely in processing my re-entry in ways I had not addressed before. While I have returned from my post abroad years ago, it has still helped me in my re-entry, and can be useful for many others who have lived, worked, traveled, or volunteered abroad for an extended period of time. Thank you for creating this!
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A valuable resource!

by Nicola Aylett
I’m very thankful for a course like this, which I can thoroughly recommend to those preparing to return to the UK. There is a lot of helpful advice gathered here, from well-respected authors in this field, as well as from Helen’s own personal experience. The worksheets provide a good framework for reflection and personal application of the topics covered. There are also some very practical ideas, along the way, as to how to prepare and to negotiate this major transition. I think that for some people it will be much easier to engage with this course than with reading a book, and if they are able to interact with the worksheets there will also be more benefit. I believe this course will be a valuable resource for our organisation, and definitely well worth the cost!

From freakin’ out to feelin’ fearless!

by Deb Bryan
I found the course really useful as I prepare to head back to my passport country after eight years away. I smiled at the title of the course, as I am living amongst many Americans for whom ‘From Apprehensive to Quietly Confident‘ may seem a little understated. So, even that observation makes me realise I may not be so British anymore. I really appreciated the opportunity to intentionally set aside time to think through my experiences and what I have learned. I am aware that I will need to use my cross cultural skills as I return to the U.K. as I and my friends, family and country have changed a lot in the last few years. I liked Helen’s gentle yet direct style and the questions and worksheets which enabled me to take things deeper. I am feeling a little less apprehensive and slightly more quietly confident than I might otherwise have been.

Thoughtful and thorough content!

by Amanda Batista
This course has helped me immensely in processing my re-entry in ways I had not addressed before. While I have returned from my post abroad years ago, it has still helped me in my re-entry, and can be useful for many others who have lived, worked, traveled, or volunteered abroad for an extended period of time. Thank you for creating this!

Great course to do at your own pace

by Jo Anthony
This course was accessible and easy to follow as well as being very informative. I liked how you could do each section at your own pace and how the worksheets give time and space for personal reflections.