26 things you can learn by living abroad for a year

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26 things learned by going to live and work in Asia for a year.

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  • Hi, Etienne. As Chinese overseas, I always have a dream to study & work & live in Shanghai, your presentation,give me some input especially about money and time :-)
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  • Sharp and quite intimate comments indeed. I've lived abroad for 3.5 years and I felt some of your slides showed exactly points of my experience. Well done.
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  • Very Nice... Could you be kind enough to enable Save option too
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  • Well done! Now I fell like going abroad! ; )
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26 things you can learn by living abroad for a year

  1. 26 things you can learn by living abroad for a year<br />What I learned and how it changed me<br />Etienne Garbugli<br />Blogger & Speaker, 21lives.com<br />
  2. What I did. // Itinerary.<br />
  3. I moved to Beijing in January 2011<br />Note: The plane probablydoesn’t go in this direction. :)<br />I arrived in Hong Kong<br />in October 2010<br />I moved to Singapore in July 2011<br />I moved back to Canada in October 2011<br />
  4. Why I did it. // Objectives.<br />
  5. To evaluate if where I wasborniswhere I wanted to live<br />To travel<br />To takesome distance<br />To experience life somewhereelse<br />To meet people<br />To come up with a great business idea<br />To learn<br />To discover and understandanother culture<br />To work on myself<br />To getsomeexperienceworkingabroad<br />To take a step back and discoverwhat I want to do<br />
  6. What I learned. // Life lessons.<br />
  7. It’s fairly easy to move and take a new place as your home<br />1<br />
  8. It’s also easy to meet people<br />2<br />
  9. Some relationships last, others are just circumstantial<br />3<br />
  10. Expat friends are easy to find. Local friends much harder<br />4<br />
  11. Without speaking the language, it’s hard to fully understand and integrate a culture<br />5<br />
  12. It’s also very hard to avoid isolation<br />6<br />
  13. But, you’ll never be as local as the local people; keep your identity<br />7<br />
  14. People are surprisingly nice and helpful everywhere<br />8<br />
  15. But, sense of humor & metaphors can easily be misunderstood<br />9<br />
  16. You soon realize that being abroad changes your perspective of where you come from <br />10<br />
  17. And that life goes on with (or without) you<br />11<br />
  18. We don’t change too much when travelling but, things change even less back home<br />12<br />
  19. You’ll probably miss your friends and family; it’s much harder to center your life without them<br />13<br />
  20. But, having things or people waiting for you somewhere else makes it easy to give up<br />14<br />
  21. Comfort comes when you get your own place<br />15<br />
  22. But, like everywhere else, routine sets in as you work<br />16<br />
  23. And you realize that it’s hard to have time AND money to travel no matter where you are<br />17<br />
  24. AND that, being close to a destination does not necessarily mean you’ll actually get to see it<br />18<br />
  25. Abroad, the most dangerous thing is the downward spiral; when everything starts to suck<br />19<br />
  26. It can be frustrating dealing with and understanding people from another culture but, people are rarely racist<br />20<br />
  27. It’s just naturally harder to trust and understand people from another culture<br />21<br />
  28. Since we naturally see things through our own culture’s eyes<br />22<br />
  29. Which doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically be friends with people from your home culture (many seem to think so)<br />23<br />
  30. But, ultimately, there’s good and bad things everywhere; maybe another city would suit you better<br />24<br />
  31. Moving away is not about having fears or not; it’s about how well you face your fears…<br />25<br />
  32. Life is more flexible than we think; with enough work, almost everything in life can be changed<br />26<br />
  33. Thankyou.<br />Answer?<br />Phone<br />############<br />Email<br />etienne@21lives.com<br />No<br />No<br />Yes<br />Available to meet?<br />Enough info?<br />Yes<br />Yes<br />No<br />Etienne Garbugli<br />Blogger & Speaker, 21lives.com<br />Blog<br />21lives.com<br />Twitter<br />@egarbugli<br />LinkedIn<br />/in/egarbugli<br />

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