Whether you traveled overseas to work, study or volunteer, whether you traveled alone or as part of an existing group, the chances are by the time you come to leave you’ll have made connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. You and your fellow colleagues, classmates or travelers will have a unique bond and a host of wonderful memories of all your adventures.
When it’s time to go your separate ways, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sense of loss but by taking steps to properly commemorate your journey and maintain the connections between the members of the group, you can continue to enjoy their support and companionship for many years to come.
Celebrate the win
Take time to look back at everything you have achieved during your time together and give yourselves a collective pat on the back. Voluntary workers in particular should be thanked for their contributions. It's widely accepted that, even in big business, money isn't the main motivator for many people and recognition of a job well done is far more important. Even the most confident individuals need positive reinforcement otherwise they may doubt their contributions.
For those in charge of projects, showing that you understand the sacrifices and efforts members of your team have put in will help them to persevere and inspire them to continue working hard in the future. Even if your goal during your time away has involved nothing more than getting the know the local culture, doing so is still a triumph and should be cause for celebration.
Done that, got the t-shirt
Personalized t-shirts are a great way of commemorating any kind of group event, but work especially well for those living or working abroad. You can list the places you have been or the places you plan to go. They can also be extremely useful in helping you to keep a group together and to be able to identify individuals in the middle of a crowd during your final celebrations.
If you want to be sure your design stands out, make sure you have a good group or team logo. You don’t have to worry about the cost of hiring an illustrator to do this for you. Even if your own artistic skills are somewhat lacking, you can still create something amazing by using an online logo maker to come up with the perfect design. Get it right and it also means you’ll never be stuck for something to wear at reunions.
Continue the journey online
Creating a group on a social media platform like Facebook or LinkedIn is a great way to enable all those involved in your trip or project to stay in touch, no matter where in the world they end up. Having an online group makes it easy to find out what your friends and colleagues have been getting up to and allows you to continue to share the new experiences that continue to shape your lives.
Groups can be public, private or completely secret, giving you the option of how much information you want to share with the rest of the world.