Elizalde P. Santos Jr., currently works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as a Barista in a local coffee shop. A simple person with big dreams for his family, Elizalde decided to work abroad to earn more. He wanted to change the life of his family, and working abroad helped him in doing so. He now has a small business and a driver in his hometown of Orani, Bataan.
What makes you decide to work abroad?
To changes life for the family.
How did you apply abroad? Will you please tell us the procedure, so those who are planning to become OFWs can have an idea how?
Through agencies. So many papers to prepare before you apply and wake up early because it was far away from my province. Also, you need more patience to become OFW.
What are the things you have established/bought since you became an OFW?
I now have my own house and lot. I also provide for the education of my kids.
Do you have a bad experience as an OFW either abroad or in the Philippines?
So many bad things, like pressure at work, as an OFW or in the Philippines
Do you have any plans in mind so that you don’t have to work abroad for the rest of your life?
Yes, to still live in on my county with my family.
How do you handle being homesick (homesickness)?
Many things like the internet or social media when you can see your family anytime.
Do you think the popular social media platforms can help fight boredom? Why?
Yes, anytime after your work you can go back to your accommodation and access the internet to fight stress.
What are the things you regret not doing because of your time spent working abroad?
None, because I’m working for the future of my family, so I focus on working.
Most people don’t realize what it’s actually like to be an OFW. They think that OFWs just travel and have fun abroad. Can you share your real situation as an OFW so people understand what you really do?Can you give tips or advice for people who are planning to go abroad?
It’s hard to become an OFW, you’re far away from your family. You need patience every day. You need to wake up early and your accommodation is not that comfortable to live in. Consider these things first before you go ahead and apply as an OFW.