If you’re really far away from home, making friends with some locals can help you get to know your new environment.
Stay engaged – Maintaining a busy schedule helps keep homesickness at bay. If your days are packed with exciting new activities, studies and time spent with new people, then it’ll be hard to spend all of your time thinking of home. Here are some ways to stay engaged:
Join a club or an activity. Try joining a group activity that you are interested in;
Immerse yourself in your studies. Try to really enjoy what you’re studying or doing and take pleasure in all of the new things you’re learning. It’s even better if you join a study group or get to know the people you’re working with;
Keep a calendar where you can write all of your engagements. This will give you something to look forward to.
Get out of the house/ accommodation – Make a goal of spending a lot of your time out of the house..
Stay active. Exercising outdoors will help you feel more healthy and positive;
Study outside of your room. Go the library in the college or town.
Explore. Taking long walks through new parts of the town can be a great way to get to know your environment and to find things that interest you.
Talk to someone – If you are experiencing periods of homesickness about being away from home, make sure you have someone to talk to, whether it’s a new friend, someone in your mosque, teacher, the IMCP/IPCP Castel Education Programme Manager or host parent.