Precious is presently working in Doha, Qatar, as a Receptionist/Executive Secretary for a ready-mix concrete company. She decided to work abroad to earn more and gain additional experience, though it was hard to be far away from home. So far, her plans are getting aligned as a result of working abroad. She is now halfway through her plans for her family and for herself. Meeting new friends helps ease homesickness and with social media platforms, Precious has a consistent way to keep in touch with her family.
What makes you decide to work abroad?
Earn more and gain experience
What is the hardest part of being an OFW?
Being far away from home – from family and friends
What are the things you have established/bought since you became an OFW?
Nothing tangible yet but plans are halfway through
Do you have a bad experience as an OFW either abroad or in the Philippines?
Culture differences but it wasn’t that bad – enough to say it was an experience
Do you have any plans in mind so that you don’t have to work abroad for the rest of your life?
Would you ever consider working in your home country again? Why?
Yes. It is much better if you get to see your family and friends every day.
How do you handle being homesick (homesickness)?
New found friends and talking to family every now and then
Do you think the popular social media platforms can help fight boredom? Why?
Yes. You get to see and communicate with your family and friends back home.
What do you miss most in the Philippines?
Family, of course. The food and greenery.
What are the things you regret not doing because of your time spent working abroad?
Attending special occasions with family and relatives as well as friends.
Can you give tips or advice for people who are planning to go abroad?
Be prepared and be tough.
Any other experience / story you want to share?
You’ll never imagine how many Filipinos that are working abroad unless you become one. Everywhere you go, Kabayans are everywhere and in a short time you get to feel that you are at home