Cristine Santos is a registered nurse who worked abroad as a private nurse. Wanting to earn more for her family, she pursued a job in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cristine was a private nurse for two years. After two years working abroad, she went home and is now currently a part-time job as a clinical instructor at Philippine Women’s University – Bataan Branch.
She worked abroad to earn more, as well as to extend knowledge about healthcare. Earning more would help achieve her goals in life and likewise in preparation of her future.
- What makes you decide to work abroad?
I decided to work abroad because here in Philippines has less enough salary. I want to work abroad because I want to extend my knowledge, provide health care for others and to achieved my goals in life which to save my future needs.
- In your experience, what is the hardest part in applying abroad as an OFW?
The hardest part is to travel from Bataan to Manila, because most of the agency was in Manila. Also it is expensive because we need to provide legal documents such as passport, medical exam l, training etc.
- Is your salary enough to support family members still studying and household expenses?
For now as my part time job, it is not enough to support my expenses.
- What is the hardest part of being an OFW?
The hardest part of being an OFW are culture shock and homesickness. Culture shock because there always need to consider the rules and regulations of their country especially of their beliefs and religions. Homesickness is a part of being an OFW is one of the most hardest part maybe I miss my family friends etc.
- What are the things you have established/bought since you became an OFW?
I’m proudly said that I help my family expenses and I share my own salary to built our house here in Bataan.
- If you have a second chance, which country will you work in as an OFW?
I want to work same country but in Dubai, because i want near on my brother with his wife.
- Do you have a timeframe when to stop working abroad?
Yes, if I given a chance maybe until I am 50 years old.
- What time of the year you choose to be with your loved ones?
The best time is Christmas holidays. This is the time to spent reunion with friends and family.
- Are you satisfied with what you are currently earning abroad
From my current earning as clinical instructor I think salary working abroad is much satisfying.
- Do you enjoy your current job abroad?
Not so, because private nurse duty is 24/7 I want to have a day off once a week.
- What are the benefits you get in working abroad?
Free accommodations such as foods, house and personal toiletries.
- Would you ever consider working in your home country again?
Yes. I consider to work here in Philippines when the earning is good enough for my family.
- Did you have a hard time adjusting (sleep, food, hygiene) while working abroad?
No. I’m flexible enough.
- How do you handle being homesick (homesickness)?
I can manage my homesickness by means of social media or messager is enough.
- Do you think the popular social media platforms can help fight boredom?
Definitely yes! Every moment I can catch up my family’s events.
- What do you miss in the Philippines?
Yes miss them so much especially family and friends.
- How do you deal with sadness when talking to your sick loved ones?
By means of video call and sending enough money for their needs.
- Is it true that OFWs have crab mentality whenever they go abroad?
Big No! During my time in UAE most of kabayan (Pilipinos) are friendly, kind and generous.
- Can you give tips or advice for people who are planning to go abroad?
Yes, don’t being compulsive because working abroad is not easy. Just think it twice before grab the job. Just read and learned the place and nature of your work to be.