Are You Enjoy Working Abroad?

@julyteen (13259)
Davao, Philippines
October 14, 2012 10:19am CST
I worked for 2 years in Saudi Arabia. In my case, not all the time you will enjoy but mostly you suffer different hard situations. From workmates to homesick, many time you don't know what to do to relieve your homesick and loneliness. The only thing you can do while you are outside the country and away from your family, you did it for the sake and welfare of your loveones. No matter what happened, all your hardwork intended for them and your bright future. Are you an OFW? If not, do you have relatives or friends working abroad? Do they share you their experiences while working abroad? Please share you ideas
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15 responses
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
14 Oct 12
My mom lives and work overseas for more than two decades now. It was hard of course- but later we got used to it, maybe because we are growing old now and we (me and my siblings) already had our own family. But still- we miss our mom so, everytime she comes home and visit us, we always tried our best to make the most of it.... I salute every Filipino who works hard for the sake of their family. But sad to say, some who went abroad to find a good job also find another family (I doubt if it's a better family-lols)
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
I asked some of them while I was in Saudi Arabia, why they tried to pamper their homesick to find another partner abroad. They are not clear with their answer. The only thing I understand, they need somebody to take care of them and to sustain the so called "call of flesh". Of course it's not a better family because it's add the hardship of every individual. Can you imagine if both needs your financial assistance? I have a room mate in the hotel, which has 2 families one in the Philippines and one in Kuwait, both woman he has kid. I learn to lie to one of them because of him.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
15 Oct 12
Oh well, I knew it and I can fully relate to that- I am a victim of cheater. I only had one question in mind- what does those girls/women feels cheating their husband or what satisfaction do they feel after breaking other people's family ?...?
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
Some of them have families already here in the Philippines. They have even kids but still they play like what man did. Well, they said "if man can do why woman cannot?" They are right..
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
9 Jan 13
I do not have such an experience of working abroad, but I work in another province faraway from mine. The feeling of my working in a different province is somewhat different from working in my own province. I choose to work faraway from my hometown is for making more income for a better life and now I am quite used to working here after more than ten years of work away from my own province. Enjoy your new work in the foreign country you intend to go to. Take care, julyteen.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
4 Apr 13
I work from different province here in the Philippines for more than 6 years and it's like I was working abroad. I don't have plan to work outside the country when I was still working here but when I tried working abroad, I told to myself why I didn't work before, why I was satisfied working in different province like I am working outside the country because I only saw my family once a year.
• Philippines
15 Oct 12
I haven't experienced working on abroad because I'm still finishing my studies. But in my opinion, I guess working in abroad are not fun at all. Because you will be getting apart from your family and love ones. And I'll be very lonely in that kind of set up. :)
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
Loneliness is part of being OFW. You don't have any choice except to admit. If your are already on your jobsite you will realize why you sacrifice yourself to work away from your family. Families left in the Philippines should appreciate all the effort what their loveone's OFW did to support them for their bright future. Sad to say, most to the families act like they don't know how their loveone's sacrifice while abroad and they spent the money without thinking it's from the sweat and tears.
• China
15 Oct 12
I am a student now, but I quite want to study or work abroad. But I know it will be difficult for me to adjust to a completely different environment. You mean that we will suffer hard sotuations, but I believe that only when we dare to challenge them, will we be stronger and more successful.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
Maybe at the beginning it's very hard but when you think the welfare of your loveone's maybe later on you forcely admin to yourself, you are there because of them not for myself so I need to sacrifice even very difficult.
@wongchoiyee (7421)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 12
Hi, I know how you feel being away from family and friends, I have never work abroad, but my friend does, he said its very long hours work in a day, and he came back after 6 years. He is lucky that he has a relative staying there, so he and his brother went abroad and stayed at the relative's house.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
It's not a joke to work abroad. People will think that we are lucky because of that opportunity. When we come home, many people will come to you and ask anything thinking we are rich. It's like we are picking up the money while we working abroad.
@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
15 Oct 12
I have not worked abroad simply because, I know that I will probably die of homesickness. I am the kind of person who wants to stay close with my family and being away from them for quite a time is obviously difficult. The longest time I was abroad was around 1 month. The rest were mostly just two weeks and all of them were for training when I was still working with rescue. So there is not much loneliness considering that I was busy with training and learning.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
I don't have any choice. It wasn't came into my mind before to work abroad but after many changes come to my life I lost track to my financial status so I am force to do it for the sake of my family and also to my incoming kids. I promise to myself I will only spend up to 7 years abroad. After that I will stay home and spend more time to my family and manage my own business. I start putting up my own business now but need more Capital to become sustainable.
@Shavkat (65268)
• Philippines
15 Oct 12
It depends on what country, the countries that I've been were a very peaceful place. A feeling of missing someone is a given situation.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
Well, the place I've been before was a peaceful country but it's very big different from your own homeland. Now, I am about to go another country again and I know still peaceful one. Living a place where you are new is quite more challenging.
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
15 Oct 12
I only worked 12 years in the usa, Im from Mexico. I loved it there, the money was good. But Im happy to be back home again. Have a great week there.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
I think 12 years working abroad is too much. My target is to work only about 5-7 years and stop. I need to spend time with my family and manage my own business. Although I have my offline business now but need to add another one.
@riyauro (6428)
• India
15 Oct 12
if it of course for the betterment of the family and the sacrifice is not gone waste it is very true. I have not done it but have seen people out of that poor life. It is very good. Thanks so sharing and have a wonderful day ahead
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
Yes you are right, we need to sacrifice for the welfare of our family for the better future. Although it's hard we need to do it. It's different if you work abroad compared to work in our home country. I work more than 6 years here but no changes at all. Atleast, in my 2 years working abroad, there is little big difference. Now, I am ready for another trip to another country. Hope I can increase more our way of living.
15 Oct 12
I know the feelings of working abroad as i worked abroad before. you are right it mixed emotion sadness and happiness. Happiness when you meet friends and earning better than you what you have before and earning for your family and help them back.. Loneliness because its hard to be away from family and no one care about you but yourself.. Happy mylotting!
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
Yeah it's very hard if no one care about you. If I am home my wife do all the chores together with my 2 siblings who live with us. I am like a baby when I am home but in abroad, no one except yourself. When you are sick you will force yourself to move because no one will help you.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
15 Oct 12
i worked in dubai for 2 years and yes, i did enjoy my stay there. probably because my partner was there too and i had no kids left behind in my country. i had lots of friends too so my week ends were mostly enjoyable. the only thing that is not to like there is the intense heat during summer
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
Maybe you enjoy staying in Dubai because your partner was with you. It's very lonely to those whose partner are left in the Philippines. That's one reason some OFW try to find another partner while they are away from home.
@natliegleb (5184)
• India
15 Oct 12
ya for sure if they are nice and calm surroundings with great atmosphere i certainly will love to get adapted to new environment
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
It's your first time in the place and almost everything are new to your surroundings. If you haven't try you cannot concluded our life but for those who have a family and friends abroad they can say how life in a country not from your home.
@youless (93717)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Oct 12
I think if you are young and single, it is nice to work overseas. As you can have a totally new life, culture and working experience and this is so interesting. But if you are married and have a family. This will be harder since you will have a homesick. And this feeling is quite suffering.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
I am already married and I am close to my family. It's very hard sleeping every night away from them. Aside from that, you will always encounter stress related to your work everyday. It's very difficult to live outside your country.
@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
14 Oct 12
I have never worked abroad, but I have worked away from home for periods of around 4 months at a time. I was quite happy with the arrangement and had no issues with homesickness or missing people. However, this was a long time ago and I have no idea how I would feel about it now. I appreciate how difficult this must be for someone with a family, especially those with young children.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
I was thinking that I won't feel any homesick at all when I arrived in another country because I am working away from home for more than 10 years, I only visit my family once a year. Working in different lands is a big challenge. One of them their laws, traditions and mingle with other people also from other country. You will cry specially when you remember the event happen in your home that all members of the family enjoy such as birthdays, baptismal, Christmas and also New Year. Try it and you will say, I don't want to come back again to any foreign land.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
14 Oct 12
I am not an OFW but I know how hard it is to be living in a strange land. I just observed my relatives and friends who are OFW's. . There are worse situations that some of them experienced. My brother-in-law traveled by foot from kuwait to jordan during the persian gulf war. He underwent psychiatric treatment for that. When he got over his bad experience, he again worked in Saipan and until now we haven't heard of him anymore.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Oct 12
He is missing in action now? Yes, it's really hard working away from your family and friends. I don't want to work abroad for a decade. I want to stay in our country and enjoy with my family. It will happen me soon.