One of the biggest challenges when moving abroad to a new city is getting homesick. Whether you’re teaching or travelling, it can be difficult to adjust to your new life at times. It’s important not to let a small degree of homesickness prevent you from enjoying your experience and having the experience of a life time! Here are a few things that might help you if you’re missing home:
Make A Bucket List
When you first arrive in the UK, make a bucket list of everything you want to do and see whilst you’re over there. This is a once in a life time opportunity, and with Europe on your doorstep, the possibilities are endless! This list will give you a whole lot of ideas of fun things you can keep yourself busy with.
Create A Routine
You might start to feel homesick because your normal routine has changed and you’re experiencing new things every day. Try and get back into a normal routine and do things you would usually do at home to help you settle in to your new city. If you’re a gym lover, join your local gym, if you would usually grab a coffee before work, scout out your local coffee shop. These small parts of your day will help England feel much more like home!
Stay Connected With Your Family
Send gifts back home to your family, it’s a great way to share your experiences abroad with your family and friends back home.
Make An Effort To Make Friends
One big worry when moving abroad is ‘how will I make friends?’. People in England are so friendly and welcoming that this won’t be a problem at all. Join a club that you’re interested in, sign up to meetup.com or contact Supply Desk to ask which other teachers are in your area to organise a meet up. Once you’ve got a solid group of friends, you’ll feel a lot more settled and never want to leave!
Take A Break From Skype
Although it’s important to keep in touch with your family and friends at home, if you’re talking to them for hours everyday, you might be spending time skyping that you could be spending exploring new parts of the city or making new friends. Catch up with your family a couple of times a week and use the rest of your spare time for new adventures! These new adventures will help distract you from missing aspects of home.
Organise A Trip
Organising a trip where your friends and family can visit you will help you keep a positive mindset and have something to look forward to. It will also help you to see more of your new country if you plan a weekends trip to explore.