Living and working in abroad.

@jricky1 (6809)
China
February 27, 2013 7:00am CST
Have you tried this before? I know it's not esay to live in another country which is not your language and culture.But how do you handle normal life and how to spend it meaningfully? Cuz many people go through loneliness.Thanks so much to share and have a good day.
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18 responses
• Philippines
28 Feb 13
i have never experienced living abroad but my Mom does that's why I understand the feeling when everything that surrounds you is foreign and strange. i know she's feeling lonely because she's missing us but she has to face the consequences of her decision. She's planning to get me and I want to work abroad too. I want to learn other cultures and languages, to meet different people and of course to help my family.
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@jricky1 (6809)
• China
28 Feb 13
It was a dream since i was young and that's why i started to learn languages.That may works in some way for me chasing my dreams to travel.Anyway,i still hope to earn good money to support my fmaily as well.,thank you for share.
• China
3 Mar 13
Wow,you two both are such good girls for take the support to your family as the first consideration,dear valorie,I remember that you want to work in Hongkong Disneyland,so how is it going?Wish your dream can come true,and welcome to Hongkong and China.
@Mavic123456 (7910)
• Thailand
27 Feb 13
this is so true. but I don't blame anyone for this is what I chose. No one forced me to leave my stable job just to take a risk to another country. I feel like I am an alien here, although in thoughts I think that's the right term for people who are different from the rest. but I managed. I am okay... still okay
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
28 Feb 13
To experience a whole new environment is good for us,but we need to have good attitude towards that in order to enjoy life there for we can't change after all.Learning to adapt envrionment around me,that's what my dad always told me.
• Thailand
28 Feb 13
oh yes, I have no regrets here, we are talking about living and working outside the home... so I am just stating that I felt like I am an alien because no one here can speak English.. very rare. so no way to communicate really.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
27 Feb 13
I lived and work abroad for 4 years before and went back to our country. It was really tough at first especially if you have no real friends at all. Living alone especially on Christmas Season would make you feel more sad and alone. I went back to Phils and stayed for 2 years. But now I am back to working and living abroad. It'll be one year next month. And now, I do not find it difficult, maybe because I am a bit familiar with the place now as compared when I was new here. As to language, there won;t be much of a problem as long as you can speak and understand English. As for the culture, you have to respect it as we are living in their country and not ours.
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
28 Feb 13
I'm so touched to see many of you guys been living abroad for some time,kind of acceptance.The common thing is that we have to respect their local culture so as to better living.Thus we can feel happiness no matter what.Have good life and enjoy your days.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
28 Feb 13
True, if we want to be respected. We need to respect them as well. There is life abroad too, especially if you are with good and real friends.
@blackrusty (3532)
• Mexico
28 Feb 13
I am doing it right now I am an american who is now living in Mexico I can thank the us for that as they cany pay a living or liveable wage to the people on social security
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
28 Feb 13
I have an american friend and her major is spanish.So she learned spanish and went to Mexico for two month to study there.It's been cool experience and that's she told me,and i wanna also go cuz i think Mexico is ancient and mysterious.
@Porcospino (16435)
• Denmark
27 Feb 13
I have lived and worked abroad 4 times. In Estonia and in Poland I worked in homes for people with special needs. Estonia was a big challenge. I had never worked with people with special needs before, I had never been to Estonia and I didn't speak Estonian. I was very nervous before I arrived, but my time in Estonia went really went and I am happy that I took a chance and chose to jump into the unknown. In the beginning I didn't speak Estonian, but my co-workers spoke English and they helped me learn the local language. In Scotland I worked in a nursing home. It was easier in many ways because I didn't have to learn a new language. In Italy I worked as kind of personal assistent for a woman. I had learned Italian at language school but I wasn't that good at it when I arrived. During my stay in Italy I became better at Italian and also found some great friends.
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
28 Feb 13
Some persons live at abroad because of working issues while some are just for life.It is helpful to make new friends since we learn new languages.lol,can be found new experiences as well.Would you go next time if grab another chance?
@youless (84602)
• Guangzhou, China
27 Feb 13
I haven't tried to lived and worked abroad. Since I am the only one child for my parents. So it is too difficult for me to leave them and live in another foreign country. Since I am responsible to take good care of them when they grow old. And they will be sad if I live far away from them because it is not easy for us to see each other.
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
28 Feb 13
For i had a chance before but i quit,the reason is that it's not the place that i wanted to go.But i'll grab the opportunities next time and i want to see the whole world.I love my parents and hope to live with them.It's been a far away place and hard for me to decide.
@elenaliu (150)
• China
27 Feb 13
Maybe it's hard for me to live and work in abroad,cuz the language problem,the diffrent culture,diffrent religious belief and other things,above all,I don't want to leave my family so far.
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
28 Feb 13
Some people are just so used to living in their hometown and i understand your feeling.So people choose different way of living.I love my family and i want them to live really good life.Thanks for share.
@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
27 Feb 13
Hello ricky. I have visited other countries, and I believe that to be the first required step if one is to decide whether he wants to work or not abroad. I am actually moving to Great Britain with my wife in September, and we have already completed our applications for the universities we will be following. We will be also working there as soon as possible. Our advantage is probably that we will have each other and that will help us avoid some of the loneliness - also her sister, and my cousin and some other friends live in that country already which makes us have someone to visit. I have also found the living experience opportunity where you get to go for a day or weekend to live with a typical English family to experience the culture in it's direct, natural form - that should be fun. I also am really excited to meet all the new cultures and customs of fellow international students that will be attending our university. Great discussion, Have a good day, Alex.
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
28 Feb 13
Thanks for share,friend.I have a British friend and she told me it's really expensive living there.And it's good news to hear you and your wife got the offer for the university.,anyway,having an open attutide and optimistic character towards different culture indeed works.
@chiyosan (29389)
• Philippines
27 Feb 13
I have never thought of working abroad and it never came to my mind as well to live abroad, away from my family. I understood and know that people (some) would really wanted to try their luck abroad. It sounds really promising and great as there are a lot of success stories. As for me though,I know there are opportunities out there but there are bigger risks and greater danger. When you are in a foreign land, it does not always mean that you would only experience the good things in there. Most of all, you would have to be really strong to withstand all that you have to face on your own. Working abroad is not for everyone. It takes more than one's dream to be able to pull that off. People are always just blinded about what they see on others who became successful out there. In reality though, I feel and know that one's destiny is not the same as mine or yours. Not every one is given the same chance.
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
28 Feb 13
This need big courage and lots of preparations,recently i just saw some of friends can't bear the loneliness out there so hopefully i can relate to them and they feel better.We have dreams and we are working hard to make it come true no matter where we are.Have a wonderful day.
@leateagee (3667)
• China
27 Feb 13
Thank you for this discussion. I can relate to your topic since I had been living and working abroad for more than seven years now. It is true that at first it is hard to adapt to the culture and the people. Just being open to the changes and respect to their culture and the new living condition helped me a lot to cope up with the fact that I miss my family back home and the comfort of being with your loved ones.
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
28 Feb 13
It's really been a long time as seven years,so you must be a tough girl as well.You've been through difficutlies and loneliness therefore to make you be more mature.lol,hope you get much better as time goes by,friend.
@markIT (134)
• Philippines
28 Feb 13
Hi jricky1 again. Yes, it's not really easy to live and work in different country. But most of people survived because they want a good future for the family left in their country. Me, I've been 14 months away from my family, really miss my family but have to finish my work contract first. To fight loneliness, watching movies, listening music, and chatting with them some time will somehow lessen my homesickness. I'm looking forward to be with them and to be home again..soon.
• India
28 Feb 13
Some people are so flexible in their feelings and can match themselves while of being in another country and culture... if we could belive that we are all humanbin and respecct and love each other then I do not think if we could feel lonely while of being abroad... but we feel lonely becuase those who are around us, do not accept you as their members and misbehave with. if they could behave goodo and respect another people who are from another culture , then nobody could feel lonely in this world.
@meumeu25 (917)
• United Arab Emirates
28 Feb 13
At first living abroad is really lonely and the homesickness is the worst. But if you start to make friends and feel comfortable, you will start to feel better. I think it's not that bad. But I guess it depends on the situation and location the person is in.
@danix1982 (593)
• Philippines
28 Feb 13
have not tried yet, but i tried to apply before in agency to work overseas but did not pursue my application, number 1 reason is my kids i dont want to leave them they are still young, number 2 reason is i don't want to leave my family.
• Philippines
28 Feb 13
I worked on a cruise ship and was able to have a normal life. Able to learn languages to be able to communicate with different nationality. Explore the world for free.
@ARIES1973 (9436)
• Legaspi, Philippines
28 Feb 13
Working in another country will be my last resort. I experienced how hard it is to work away from the family and I can say this is my weakest point. That is why I never dream of working in other country again. Although I have plans of going out but just for a vacation with my family. Have a great day!
@natliegleb (5186)
• India
28 Feb 13
it is kind of fun and you surely need to manage on your own and learn a lot within short frame of time
@stanley777 (7173)
• Philippines
28 Feb 13
Yes, living and working in a foreign land is not easy. I have been to some too but only stayed there for one or two days. Living there is another thing and if one had decided to work and live there, many things should be given a careful thought. Their cultures and traditions is one, and the other is loneliness away from your family. Many did this, to look for a greener pasture but if one is determined nothing is impossible.