What Are The Benefits of Living Abroad?
University, travel, volunteering, overseas job opportunities—these are all parts of life that could potentially contribute to you one day living abroad and experiencing new and exciting cultures (and, of course, foods)! Our Mental Health Placements require all volunteers to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks, giving them the opportunity to live abroad for a month and dive into something completely new!
What follows is a list of benefits that you will gain by taking that leap and spending some time immersing yourself in a new environment. Let’s jump in!
By living abroad, you expose yourself to the local road less travelled. There’s an important lesson to be learnt when you experience a new culture as a non-tourist, and interacting with a new group of people. By living like a local, you will be able to understand the cultural customs to a higher degree, which will also help you feel more at home, away from home.
In the west, we often get stuck in a ‘west is best’ mentality, which primes some of us to believe our way of life is ‘right’ and, sometimes, better. By fully immersing yourself in life abroad, and through dialogue and listening, you will be able to observe another culture’s day-to-day and understand the reasoning behind their norms. Just because it’s different, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong!
Broadening your mind
Meeting new people and being out of your comfort zone will allow you to see things differently. During your time abroad, you will meet new people who you will exchange views and ideas with. It is only through this cultural exchange of ideas that you will truly get to know another culture and evaluate their views against your own.
Working abroad allows you to learn more about another culture and bring what you’ve learnt back to your home country. Through this newfound understanding of other groups, you will be able to work more effectively with people who come from different backgrounds, and be able to support them as they need - whether you pursue the Psychology route or a different one!
Expanding your network
When you live and work abroad, especially with SLV.Global, you will meet people from all walks of life and corners of the world. Making these global connections can help contribute to your network, and you never know when you’ll need a sofa to crash on while in New Zealand, or a tour guide in Nevada! In an ever more dynamic and changing world of international opportunity, it’s good to have an expansive network of friendships, contacts, and mentors to fall back on.
Higher sense of self
While living abroad, you will have a lot of time to reflect on your experiences and think about what you actually want to bring back with you when you return home. By being taken out of your comfort zone, you will be more likely to know where you want your next step to take you, and what your ultimate goal should be.
By living abroad and collecting all the exciting, aforementioned benefits you’ll get a better idea of what your path should be. You will prove to yourself that you can live abroad, improving your self-esteem and ultimately challenge yourself to a higher degree. It sounds like a bag of self-actualisation goodies to us! #YouCanDoThis
Every weekend is an adventure
When living abroad, your weekends will not be spent at your usual local cafe, or following your usual routine. You will get the chance to visit new and exciting sites, making every weekend its very own vacation. On a SLV.Global placement, no weekend is the same; from beaches to mountain climbing and tea plantation visits, you’re guaranteed to see breathtaking views.
From improving your self-esteem to bettering your instapresence at the weekends, we’re huge vouchers for living abroad for a while. If you want to take the first step towards experiencing a new culture, check out our placements! We work in Sri Lanka and Bali, and run a Clinical & Ancient Psychology Program in India. Talk about an adventure!