All kinds of organizations, especially in developing countries, will welcome travelers with excess time, enthusiasm and skills to give. For travelers, it can be a unique opportunity to work in a different country for a short period of time (no visas required) and to get to know a community outside major cities and tourist havens.
If your waiter asks if you would like some chips with your order, say “aye” if you want some fries. But if you actually want chips, then go to the grocers and you shouldn’t have a problem finding crisps.
Deciding to leave the place you call your home and saying goodbye to the people close to your heart isn’t actually something you thought you’d be doing so soon, but here you are now, a few sleeps away from waking up in a different land.
A lot of people have this idea that living in a foreign country is exotic and exciting. And it is. But not every day is Instagram-worthy.
Whether your relationship is still full of butterflies and giggles, or you’ve been together so long you can communicate through a simple raise of the eyebrow, overseas travel will change you.
Instead of studying abroad in France (too cliche), Spain (too safe), or Brazil (too few morals), you decided to live in a yurt in Central Asia’s Kyrgyzstan. You learned how to saddle a horse before you ate your first meal, and now you could catch a gopher with your bare-hands while blindfolded.
You have unconscious cultural biases. You might think you’re less prone to cultural bias as a result of being well travelled and/or growing up in a multicultural city, but it’s not until you live abroad that your cultural biases are challenged.
6. Keep money in more than one location in case some is robbed. Separate debit cards and credit cards.
English is spoken and to some degree understood by a significant amount of the population, but that’s never enough excuse not to try and communicate in the language spoken by the citizens on a daily basis.
Naturally, as these types of things go, I had three days to make up my mind; enter the familiar lump in the throat and tug on my heart.