The life of a returned exchange student can be broken down into two chronic, paradoxical situations. There's the one where you realize that
While there is no cure for this unfortunate condition, there is an outlet: fellow alumni. An alum of a YFU program can be described as the individual in the room that's consciously trying to monitor how many anecdotes she shares from her time abroad in the course of a single conversation. He's the one that lights up when he hears you've been to "his" country. She's the one that can stand up in front of a group of people at the drop of a hat and sound like a life coach testifying of the benefits of international exchange. If one or more of these descriptions sound like yourself or someone you know, please seek help immediately with your nearest YFU Alumni Chapter. Who better to understand your restlessness and reverse culture shock than a bunch of people equally affected by the harrowing effects of travel-withdrawal?
YFU has heard your pleas for relief from the chronic condition of "ex-exchange student." Announcing: three new Alumni Chapters being led by fellow talented and committed volunteer alumni in the following locations:
Whether it's been weeks, months, years, or decades since you returned from your time abroad, the lessons you learned as an exchange student and the memories you made are likely still dear to your heart. There's a reason why YFU alumni never stop talking when they're together; despite the wildly different experiences everyone has, there is an instant camaraderie in seeking to remember the special feeling you had as an exchange student. With the opportunity to meet and connect with fellow alumni, you have the ability to remember what made
Welcome to the next chapter of your exchange experience, we hope to see you soon!