Maintaining Relationships After Returning Home

By Lo Martinez, API Salamanca Peer Mentor

It’s been a nine months since I packed up my suitcases, said a tearful goodbye to my host mother and gave a final wave to the beautiful city of Salamanca, Spain. As I sat silently on my bus to Madrid, my pocket began to buzz. The small blue cell phone I used in Spain had lit up with a stream of messages, each from an amazing friend I had made during the course of my quarter studying abroad.

“Adios lo, y ate echo de menos…”

“bye buddy! I’m so happy I met you. Keep in touch.”

I remember shedding a tear and thinking how fortunate I was to have made such great connections with people from such different home countries and cultures.  In that moment, I decided that I would work to maintain these relationships.

I won’t lie, it’s not easy staying in touch with people six to twelve time zones away…. We are lucky enough, however, to have technology to make it not only possible, but easy and free.

Here are some tools I’ve utilized (and you can too!) to stay in contact overseas and back at home:

 Social Media: Alight, this might seem like a no-brainer, but I have to say social media, from Facebook to Tumblr, is a great way to stay in touch with the friends you make while studying abroad. Creating a group or message thread on Facebook can even allow you to create a virtual community to stay in touch!

Video Chat Programs: Skype is great for a free one-on-one video chat, or multi person voice-only chat. I’ve also used Google+ hangouts to have a video conference with four friends! Only problem? Working out a time that works for everyone!

iPhone, Droid, Smart-phone Apps

What’s App: FREE texting software that lets you connect with other app users, around the world, for free.

HeyTell: An app that lets you send mini voice-messages to other app users (think walkie talkie).

Letters: Now I don’t mean to get all archaic on you, but letters are also a great way in touch. In this day and age, any mail that isn’t a bill or advertisement is extra-special. It’s also very personal when you get to send a message written in your own hand.

Enter your name and email to get new posts by email!

“Best of the Blogs” - Abroad101.com
“Top Study Abroad Blogs” - GoOverseas.com
“Blog of the Week” - GoAbroad.com
“Top 10 Study Abroad Blogs You Should Be Reading” - The Study Abroad Blog
"The Best Meaningful Travel Articles of 2016"-GoAbroad.com
  • We use cookies to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you have provided. Please check out our privacy policy.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Speak Your Mind

*

Pinterest

[fts_pinterest pinterest_name=apiabroad type=boards_list]

Twitter

Summer doesn't have to end! 🌞 Study abroad in Costa Rica this coming fall or spring and enjoy plenty of sunshine, lounge on beautiful beaches, and explore their vast rain forests. Our Costa Rica programs are now open for application, don't wait!
https://t.co/jr186q7zg5 https://t.co/mgJ2VefkzE
APIabroad photo
API is committed to providing inspiring programs that have the potential to transform the lives of our students. In this video, we hear stories from 13 students who studied abroad in Costa Rica.
Check out the full video! https://t.co/2pfkXcdun9

#ispyapi #apiabroad https://t.co/VRjT6EmQ2h
APIabroad photo
Happy #TravelTuesday! Today we are featuring UW-La Crosse and Spring 2019 API Student Blogger Savannah Stanley! She studied abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Savannah shares her first impressions.
Read the full blog post! https://t.co/Vtifpywa2n

#ispyapi #apiabroad https://t.co/HfxV33fBio
APIabroad photo
Need to get away, why not plan a semester or internship abroad! API offers programs in San Jose and San Joaquín de Flores, Costa Rica where you can spend a semester at Universidad Veritas or ISJF.
Learn more about our program!
https://t.co/jr186q7zg5

#ispyapi #apiabroad https://t.co/plaK1idF0h
APIabroad photo
API specializes in creating customized and faculty-led programs abroad in collaboration with university faculty and staff.

Visiting professor Julian Zabalbeascoa from the @UMassLowell, shared their experience in building a program with API in Madrid.
https://t.co/CC4CNGb0JH https://t.co/5qgKKFsRt9
APIabroad photo
The API Abroad Blog