Re-entry Videos for the Busy Study Abroad Office

Let’s acknowledge that many study abroad offices struggle with keeping up with the volume of work.  As a result, re-entry gets put on the “back burner” and for many, is an afterthought.  Some schools will scramble to put together a simple gathering to recognize the study abroad experience that students had this semester – but don’t have time or resources to invest in a full re-entry initiative. Melibee Global understands – this can be a tremendous challenge because you don’t want to offer up a “half baked” re-entry plan. So, you do nothing.  Then you feel guilty about it.

Here is a “temporary solution” (and for those of you who have a more fully developed re-entry program – these three videos are simply some new resources for you.)  If you have time to do NOTHING else for your returning students, consider sharing these with them.   Even if you just show them prior to serving the standard pizza at your re-entry gathering (or even email them with a welcome back note), it will serve a springboard for conversation and reflection. (And it may inspire you to spend some time this year developing a more fleshed out re-entry program too!)

These videos can also be shared PRIOR to the student departing their host country.  Re-entry should be discussed in country!  Don’t forget to acknowledge it before they return home.

Video #1: Some students who had studied in Korea took the time to share their reflections on re-entry with a group of semester students who were returning to the US.  I appreciate their honesty – and the humor in the final vignette. 

This can be used with ANY culture as it is more about re-entry than Korea.

Video #2:  A student talks about what helped her when she returned from study abroad in Australia.

Video #3: A short animation using 2 characters chatting over tea

  • ds8607a

    Hahaha! That last animation is precious!

    This is a very timely post, Missy. Thank you for sharing. I agree that this is something education abroad offices can easily implement and at very low cost.

    Another related tool to help students with the return process is digital storytelling. There was a really fantastic session on this topic at the most recent Forum conference, which explained the structure in creating digital stories and showed examples by students and other conference attendees. While they take a bit more planning and organization than the videos posted above, they provide an invaluable opportunity for recollection and deep reflection on the study abroad experience, as well as an end product that can be shared publicly with friends, family, and even potential employers. To learn more about digital storytelling, check out the Center for Digital Storytelling website (http://www.storycenter.org/). This is a link to a story that was shared during the session created by a student who went to the Netherlands: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVbeTD8NU_Q).

    • Missy Gluckmann

      Great idea D! (And yes, that animation is hysterical!) Students have strong computer skills when compared to most "adults" – digital storytelling is a was to creatively approach reflection. I also put together a wonderful workshop for re-entry with artist Todd Drake – a new approach to re-entry: http://www.melibeeglobal.com/international-speakers/t

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