repatriate interview # 1

   Cordula, her husband and their three children (7, 9 and 11 years old) moved from the US back to Germany in summer 2015. They've lived in San Jose, California for almost 6 years.Why did you move back?I always wanted to move back. I wanted to work in my old job as a nurse. In the US I'd have had to go back to school in order to get a nurse license. We wanted our kids to be socialized in Germany as well....more

Expat Life and Culture Shock

I remember the first time I heard the term culture shock.  I was eight and had just moved to the Philippines.  It sounded like something terrible that could knock a person out, maybe for good.  Like electric shock, or toxic shock, or something equally awful.  The adults (all American missionaries in the Philippines) were talking about it.  About how someone who had recently moved there could hardly cope with life, the culture shock was so bad.  As a kid making the transition to a new country, I don't think I really experienced too much culture...more