A new home: what are the benefits of moving abroad?
Here's an imaginary question for you: would you rather (a) leave your home country and never be allowed to return, or (b) never leave your home country ever again?
It's a difficult one! Let’s consider the beauty of being at home and the thrill of travelling.
I left my home country, Germany, when I was seven to move to England with my family. Now at the age of 21 I’ve left my second home country, England, to work as an English language assistant in Switzerland.
So, what are the benefits of leaving your home country for a new adventure abroad?
1. The opportunity to master a new language
You may learn a language in the classroom environment and learn it well, but nothing compares to fully immersing yourself into a foreign language, participating in real-life conversations and picking up authentic slang and sayings from the locals. You also fully experience the culture tied to the language.
2. New friends
I don’t know about you, but I love getting to know new people. Moving abroad is the perfect opportunity to extend your friendship circle and make it global. Not only will these new friends be able to show you the most fun things to do in your new home, but they’ll also be able to give you a new perspective on life as they share their view of the world – which is likely to be very different from your own! Time to open your mind and see the world anew.
3. Food, glorious food!
The world has so much to offer when it comes to food, so make the most of this new cultural experience and let your stomach guide you. Why not try something completely new? Tingle those taste buds. Even better still, let the locals teach you how to make it. Perhaps you can surprise your friends back home with your new-found cooking skills when you see them next.