Re-entry. Reverse culture shock. How do we truly honor our experiences? We have some new ideas that encourage reflection and dialogue.
Beyond Abroad: Innovative Re-entry Exercises is a practical tool created by a group of educators who are also seasoned travelers. Some of the group have been back for more than a decade, others as recently as a few months. All of us understood that re-entry can be intense, draining, confusing, difficult, and an opportunity to reflect and grow. It is an important process that should lead to action.
Many organizations struggle with how to approach re-entry with their returned students and faculty, often due to a lack of time for planning. We addressed this by creating 14 innovative re-entry exercises that will facilitate re-entry dialogue and action on your campus and in your community – and YOU select which ones to administer based on your group and needs. Each exercise (listed below) includes a description of the exercise, preparation steps, set up/materials required, facilitation questions and BeeU ideas for modifying each exercise to enhance creativity. They range from 1 -3 bees (effort required) to coordinate. We do offer recommendations on how to pair them. Beyond Abroad: Innovative Re-entry Exercises also includes access to an online Re-entry Forum, so that those interested in re-entry have a space to share their feedback and ideas.
Our approach was not to research what is currently done around re-entry, but rather to use our creativity to develop truly unique exercises that could be appropriate for a one time gathering or a re-entry course. We also attempted to not be “US centric” in our approach. Educators abroad will find value in this tool!
Speedy Re-entry * Shifting Vision * Superhero * Maptastic * My Manifesto * Re + Action * Acting on Inspiration * The Way the Cookie Crumbles: Food Traditions and Culture *Stuff Returned Study Abroad Students Say * Abstract Art *A Day in the Life *Silent Reflection *International DJ * Being Home Is…
What People Are Saying:
“I have used quite a few of the exercises and have found them all to be really well thought out and engaging for the students. I have used Speed Reentry, Acting on Inspiration, Abstract Art, Stuff Study Abroad Students Say, Being home is …, Silent Reflection, and a version of Re+Action. Student favorites so far based on their feedback have been “Being home is … “ and “Acting on Inspiration”. They also get a kick out of developing the skits for “Stuff Study Abroad Students Say”. Thanks for all the work you do for re-entry in our field!” – J. Jackson, Stonehill College, USA
“As a seasoned workshop facilitator I feel I could successfully implement any of the 14 activities right away, yet this tool isn’t just for experienced facilitators. Quite the opposite. Due to the helpful facilitation tips at the beginning of the tool and the detailed instructions for each exercise, even novice facilitators could successfully implement any of these activities.” – Cate Brubaker, PhD, Founder of Small Planet Studio, USA
“Rather than something that students must get over or get through, deliberate re-entry encourages students to confront, struggle with, and integrate international experiences with their worldviews and their day-to-day lives at home. This guide contains several tools to help students do just that. It includes exercises appropriate for both informal and academic learning environments – and the diversity of exercises are appropriate for many different kinds of learners.” – Dr. Eric Hartman, Faculty, Kansas State University, USA
“Melibee Global is a leading provider of international and intercultural training opportunities for the field. This re-entry training publication is a great resource for anyone wanting to assist sojourners as they return home and I plan to incorporate many of the exercises into my work with returning study abroad students. ” – David Comp, University of Chicago and Founder of International Higher Education Consulting, USA
“It’s great to have a re-entry tool that is quick and easy to implement. The fact that this guide offers so many fun options, and that these options are adaptable, makes it that much more valuable.” – Liz McCartney, US Rep for the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia)
This is a review of the tool by Small Planet Studio.
You will receive one PDF download of the 59 page Beyond Abroad: Innovative Re-entry Exercises PLUS access to the online Re-entry Forum.
The cost is only $28.95 per download. (You may order more than one download. Please note, this is an individual price, not an institutional price.) As educators, we know that the cost of not facilitating re-entry is MUCH higher!
If you prefer a hard copy, Melibee Global can print/ship this tool in either b/w or color for a customized price. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs. (Printed orders will require the additional direct cost of shipping/insurance.)
Beyond Abroad: Innovative Re-entry Exercises is available for sale!