My Story: A life of a Millennial OFW

Kumusta! I am Eartha. I’m an Overseas Filipino Worker since 2014. I am a hotelier in Ghana, West Africa. Before Ghana, I worked in Dubai, UAE for over a year.

Having a petite figure, many people get intrigued whenever I tell them I work abroad. They usually think that I’m studying. They would ask me about my occupation and experiences. Here are some of the questions I receive in a regular:

Why did you choose to work abroad?

My parents advocate to working abroad. My dad is an OFW and it has changed our lives. This led me to believe that success is found outside the Philippines.

How did you get an employment?

I had my practicum at a 5-star hotel in Dubai. There, I met awesome people who eventually assisted me land a regular job .

Why did you leave Dubai for Ghana? How is it like working in Ghana? Do you miss Dubai?

My dad is actually working in Ghana. He’s been there since I was 7, if I am not mistaken. He convinced me to join him.

To be honest, I know so little about Africa. So having a chance to work in an African country is such a delight. Ghana is a peaceful country, and Ghanians are cool and quite friendly. The weather is also almost the same as the Philippines. Their culture sparks my interest. Their traditions are integrated in their day to day living, which is amazing! You don’t see that often these days, due to modernity. I enjoy their food, despite being too spicy for my taste.

Of course, I miss Dubai. Dubai is such a lovely place to live. The huge Filipino community made me feel like I never left home. I actually consider Dubai as my 2nd home. I would not think twice of visiting Dubai.

Are there a lot of Filipinos in Ghana?

I’ve only seen a few. I was told that there’s a Filipino community in Accra (Ghana’s capital). I am yet to meet them. I was told that they do host events every once in a while.

In the company I work with, I work with two Filipinos. They joined me a year after my tenure. I am hopeful that our number would increase. I would be nice if it does.

What’s the difference between working abroad and working in the Philippines?

Compensation wise, depending on your industry, there’s not much difference. One can even say that you can always find a way of getting the same compensation without leaving the Philippines.

But when you work abroad, you only think of yourself. You don’t really have to spend on basic necessities like accommodation, transportation, and food because they’re part of your package.

Most of the time though, the basic salary abroad is higher.

The downside of working abroad is you have to live away from your friends and families. You’ll miss a lot of important events. It is also inevitable that you’ll face discrimination, marginalization, harassment and abuse. I have personally experienced these. I believe that the best precaution is to be assertive. Address the concern or report to authorities before situation gets worst.

The downside of working abroad is you have to live away from your friends and families. It is also inevitable that you’ll face discrimination, marginalization, harassment and abuse. I have personally experienced these.

Eartha, Millennial OFW

Do you intend staying in abroad for good?

I do not see myself settling in a country apart form the Philippines. The Philippines is my home.

Unless circumstances change, like me marrying a foreigner or me being granted a foreign passport, then the idea of me settling abroad may be entertained.

Where are you spending your money? How are you managing your finances?

I plan to have an early retirement, so I invest. I practice delayed gratification and I do not buy trendy items. Practicing the principles of minimalism helped me control my finances.

Eartha holding an award

Should I also work abroad?

Ask yourself these questions first:

  1. What are my goals?
  2. What are my options?
  3. Will I be happy with my decision?

If your answers align with the idea of you woking abroad, then go ahead. If not, you might want to reconsider other options. Regardless of your answer, you have to make sure you’re prepared physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

Working abroad is not a walk in the park. Determination and courage are essential. You have to keep yourself motivated and you have to have a laser focus. Once your attention gets diverted or if you lose track of your objectives, you’re going to find yourself in a difficult situation.

As a parting message, remember that wherever you are in this world, if you put your heart and mind to a task and trust that God is always by your side, without a doubt, you’ll be unstoppable.

… if you put your heart and mind to a task and trust that God is always by your side, without a doubt, you’ll be unstoppable.

Eartha, Millennial O.F.W.

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2 Comments

  1. pinaymama@sg says:

    It’s good you have family with you where you are! Thanks for sharing your story, EJ. Stay safe in Ghana 🙂

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    1. Eartha says:

      I’m so grateful too. 😊 thank you for taking time to read my story. Keep safe too 🙏🏽

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