Don’t be a passerby – Explore your host country

I am an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). I left the Philippines for work. On average, I work for 5 days a week, 8 hours a day. During my off days, I’m usually confined in the premises of my workplace and my accommodation. I go out every once in a while to visit places and experience Ghana.

I know people who work for 7 days a week, 10 or even 14 hours a day. They are so devoted to working and they forgot that living abroad is an opportunity to learn and experience a new culture.They live in a foreign country, but it seems like they’re just passerby.

Stop being a passerby and explore your host country. Know where you live by covering these five categories:

The Old

How else will you know the country but by visiting historical site. This may be in a form of a building, a monument or a location that have been preserved due to its cultural value. This helps us understand the formation of the culture and the behavior of its people.

The New

Don’t miss out and check what’s “new” in the area. Witness how the place have been transformed and developed by new ideas and integrations.

The Food

Ghanaian palava sauce with rice

Some say that the best way to learn a culture is through food. Food gives the location an identity. Embarking on a gastronomic adventure will not only give you insights on the place’s customs and transitions, but it also leaves you with a full stomach.

The Adventure

Every place has a “thing” that defines it. These are usually key activities like climbing the Great Wall of China, or seeing Dubai and its surroundings from the world’s highest observation deck. Figure out what makes the place different form the rest of the world, and do it.

The Local

Experience the culture in actuality by staying local. Participating in festivities, interacting with the locals and immersing yourself in the culture will give you a deeper understanding of the foreign place.


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