Culture shock is a pretty straightforward concept, when someone moves to a different culture and has to adjust to the new culture. What I am more interested in seeing how it effects me is reverse culture shock, starting when I return to the US tomorrow. At first it seems strange that I would feel out of place in my own culture, especially considering I will be staying with my parents again in the same situation as when I left.
Still, many former WorldTeach volunteers say that the reverse culture shock is harder to deal with than the initial culture shock. That you have worked to become accustomed and build a home in a new country, and now you have to go back to a culture which seems familiar but in fact at least I will have not experienced for almost a year.
I will be home tomorrow night assuming my travel goes according to plan. Crazy.