Moving to a new country is the adventure of a lifetime! But it can also come with some unexpected twists, like culture shock or homesickness. When this happens its important to remember that your feelins are completely normal, and that they won't last forever.
It’s important to recognize that culture shock and homesickness won’t last forever. There are many things you can do to get through this adjustment period. Here are 5 ways you can transition comfortably into your new life in America.
1. Make a Bucket List for Exploring the USA
Write down everything you want to experience during your au pair year, whether it be visiting California or trying a classic American burger. And then check these items off your list as you do them. This will help keep you focused on all the experiences and adventures you're destined to have here in the United States!
2. Keep in Touch With Family and Friends
It’s very easy to communicate with your loved ones back home and it’s important that you have their support. However, try not to spend hours every day on Skype – this could cause you to miss out on what’s happening around you.
3. Do Something You Love
Did you volunteer a lot in your home country? Maybe you belonged to a gym? Whatever hobby you love, be sure to continue it in America. This will make you feel comfortable and it’s a great way to meet people!
4. Stay Healthy
Find a balance between trying new exciting foods and getting the fruits and vegetables that you need! This, as well as exercising, can boost your mood. Try to be active on a regular basis, even if it’s a walk with your host kids or fellow au pairs.
5. Document Your Journey
Journaling your experiences is a great way to work through your emotions. It will also help you remember your au pair year! If you don’t like to journal, you can also keep a video or picture diary.
Finally, remember that you are not alone. Your fellow au pairs, host family and Area Director are here to help you have a wonderful experience. Welcome to the USA!