Let’s talk about working abroad
Many of us left their home towns and move to find their success in the big cities abroad. Especially capitals attract a lot of youg people. What were your expectations, how did you manage the first days and did your dreams come true?
Working abroad and finances
Some of us have left their families to earn some money abroad. For example, many people come to EU to find a better work and especially a better payments for them. Often the workers live very moodestly, so that they can send as much money home as possible.
We have a very good experience with MoneyPolo, which can send the money to any country within a few minutes. Your relatives can receive the payment and get cash in the local office. It’s easy, try that.
Are you satisfied with your current income? Of course it always can get better.
When is it the right time to leave home?
This is a great question. My answer would be, the sooner the better. If you leave your home for studies, it is one of the best opportunities to build new relationships, practice the language and gain experience.
School has one significant advantage for establishing new partnerships. Your classmates are new to the university and they share most of your issues and complications. You need to learn how to be independend from your parents, you might need to find a work to cover your expenses etc. At the university, everybody is friendly and open and you have a lot of topics to talk about. I think, it is much easier to make friends at school than later when you are employed. Young people are more open to new advantures.
In Europe, we have many programs for students – Erasmus for example. It is easy to spend one year in a foreign country. There are also programs for student allowing you to travel to exotic countries like Thailand, India, etc. I had a classmate who went to Thailand and when they heard his English during the first class, he was asked to teach them.
So, if you have opportunity to spend some time abroad, definitely take it! You will never regret. New friends, a lot of experience, interesting stories – everything is waiting for you, just dont be afraid to make the step.
A few tips when travelling to a new destination
Here are a few tips what to check before you leave to a foreign city.
- Buy a map of the city so you never get lost. Or even better – download it to your smartphone.
- Check the local currency and know the exchange rate. You can then pick the best offer. Exchange rates at airports or in the city centres tend to be very expensive. Avoid them if you can.
- Check the distance between airport and your hotel/house. Especially if you use taxi, be careful – taxi drivers often try to charge more money from you by extending the route. Ask the taxi driver about the price in advance, so you avoid bad surprise later.
- Electricity devices – voltage, chord shape. EU uses 230V, but for example USA uses 110V power supply. Be prepared for this complication if you travel overseas. Power chord shapes are different in every country. You will need to buy some reductions for that. Keep this in mind before your notebook or phone battery becomes empty.
- Check the local public transport and pricing. It might be advanatge to buy a ticket for 1 month, rather than buying 1 way ticket each time. This depends on how long you stay. If you know the options, you can save some money.
- Learn some basic phrases in local language. You always get closer to native people. “Thank you”, “Hello”, “Excuse me” and a few similar might be enough at the beginning. Do not be afraid of communication. The more you ask, the more you learn.
A short video about Erasmus Mundus exchange program
If you are a student in European Union, Erasmus Mundus is excellent opportunity for you to travel. You can spend 3 months to 1 year in a foreign country according to your choice.
Check this introductional video.