After your field work

It can be challenging to return to your “normal” life after helping people in a tough situation. Your beliefs might have changed, and you may need some time to adjust to returning to your ordinary routines back home. We recommend that if you are employed, to take a few days off, to reflect on your experiences, as it is common to have some reaction after returning from fieldwork.

Common reactions 

On the last day in the field, you are offered a final conversation with your coordinator. This conversation will be about your time as a volunteer, how you have been doing during your stay, and you will receive information on normal reactions people have when they return from the field. These reactions will vary from person to person, so we highly recommend that you read more about these here:

As a voluntary fieldworker, you become friends with the people living in the camps, as well as other international fieldworkers whom you work with. Friends share life experiences, and care for one another. As a volunteer and friend, you may be trusted by other people who share difficult life situations with you. These stories will affect you. Some people will be greatly affected by the stories told by refugees. This is in regard to both what stories they tell and to observe the conditions in which they live. To be in a refugee camp or at a location can trigger personal experiences, stress, and turmoil.

If you are in need of immediate psychosocial support or help, we do recommend contacting your doctor or community health services.

Do you want to contribute with your experience?

You can contribute by:

  • Joining one of A Drop in the Oceans teams of local coordinators in Norway or Ambassador groups in different countries. Contact Cicilie Bråten-Lindblad: Cicilie@drapenihavet.no for more information.
  • Arranging fundraisers to support the work for refugees
  • Write an article and have it published on our website. Please contact our Information Officer, Vibeke Hoem: vibeke@drapenihavet.no, for more information
  • Telling people about your experiences in the field, such as your family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and the local newspaper.
  • You can also present your experiences at schools, nurseries, for colleagues or others.