How to Cope with Homesickness While Volunteering Abroad

Admin Date : September 18, 2019

Traveling is always a fun thing! Visiting a new location, meeting new people and learning new things can be quite enjoyable. The traveling process and teach so many new real-life lessons that no books can teach. Especially, when someone travels abroad, it is a totally different experience.

Experience in a new country can be quite interesting. One can observe the beauty of the destination and the value of their traditions too. But it can be hard sometime to stay abroad where language, choices, foods, culture, and tradition are totally different. The tradition and culture can be unique and adjustable for short stay but can turn into a difficult situation if you can’t keep up with the pace. In these cases, you may start missing your home and compare your current situation with times when you didn’t need to move out of your comfort zone.

Experience in a new country can be quite interesting. One can observe the beauty of the destination and the value of their traditions too. But it can be hard sometime to stay abroad where language, choices, foods, culture, and tradition are totally different. The tradition and culture can be unique and adjustable for short stay but can turn into a difficult situation if you can’t keep up with the pace. In these cases, you may start missing your home and compare your current situation with times when you didn’t need to move out of your comfort zone.

Thus, it can make you homesick and you might even think of quitting the idea of traveling or staying alone.

How to make yourself feel better?

If these situations arise, then, first of all, you need to remind yourself why you are here.

You need to take your mind towards positivity. Hence, we suggest you stay calm and let the fact sink in that you are there for a good reason.

You are volunteering for a cause and you are there to enjoy your moment and your personal time. So, don’t let momentary thoughts ruin your holiday.

If that doesn’t help and the homesickness is getting worse then you need to try the following tips to cope with your homesickness.

Tips to Deal with your homesickness

Decorate your room in a manner that resembles your home’s room

Firstly, you might feel a little comfort if you set your room in a way that will remind you of your own room. This can be quite effective because you will definitely feel at home if you do this. Secondly, your anxiety will decrease too.

Explore the new location and enjoy the new things

As said earlier, you will surely find everything different but if you view it as an opportunity to learn a new thing then this will surely turn out better. For example, try new foods, search a new place to travel that will get you more attracted to.

Try to make new friends

Once you are alone, your mind process many thoughts and you will start to miss your family and friends of your locality.

Therefore, make some new friends.

Yeah, it can be hard to find someone with the same taste in a different nation. But people of Nepal are hospitable so you will get along with them eventually.

Be happy because you are contributing to something great

Once you step out to volunteer, you will help improve so many lives.

The smile on the face of people whose lives you have touched will surely bring a smile on your face too.

It will be a proud moment if you think clearly that without even your proper knowledge you are contributing to something great!

Don’t change your habits

Another reason you will miss your home is because of the change in your routine.

For example, you might not be able to work-out because of the awkwardness or your sleep routine might get disturbed.

The thing is you don’t have to change your routine!

Do what you used to do and you will get more comfortable with the environment. Also, make sure that you don’t adapt to a new habit that can be harmful to you.

Reduce your time on social media

Social Media shows so many things that are not actually real. The influencers or your hometown friends might upload something that will make you feel left out. Just remember that you are traveling to another country and you are definitely having a good time. Don’t make their posts make you feel bad for not being there.

How Can Alliance Nepal help?

Alliance Nepal, a non-profit organization doesn’t only work to help people but also work to create a friendly environment. We provide homely stay and foods that will not only fill your belly but your heart too. Our hospitable people will take proper care of you. They will also make sure to keep you happy and satisfied and also provide every possible thing that you might need for your better stay. Not only that we will organize different programs which will keep you engaged and energized all the time.

The various programs that have been designed to help people while keeping you on your comfort zone as much as possible is the reason why we are the best place for you to volunteer.