So you don’t freak out before we start

Chance Taken
May 9 · 5 min read

So, you’re going to be joining the next Chingu cohort? Here’s a welcome from the community. 😃

Welcome to the community!

Are you ready to…

meet new coder friends,

accelerate your developer skills

be accountable

and finish projects!

— all while joining a global tribe of hungry learners and builders?!

Voyage-9 will have developers from all over the world coming together to LEARN, HELP & BUILD!


You’ll be surrounded by coders who share your goals of becoming a better developer and team-mate.

Except instead of bikes…

You’ll get out of “tutorial purgatory”. You’ll get out of your comfort zone, and you’ll…BUILD to learn!

Now for some more info…

🔥 I’ll say this several times in this article because it’s so important: be sure to read through the Voyage-9 Chingu Handbook found in your prep-pack email.

Below is a list of links to help you get oriented and ready for your Remote-developer Pre-work & Voyage! It’s a teaser article.

1 — Why Chingu?

So you’ve been accepted to a Chingu cohort?

Guess what?!

Not only are you now on a path to accelerate your learning, meet new developer friends from across the world, and develop in-demand collaboration skills, you’ll also be contributing to Chingu’s Moonshot mission of…

Helping unlock the world’s tech talent through collaboration!!!! 🚀

2 — So, what’s next? What can I expect?

The Pre-work session

In Voyage-9 we’re going to have a pre-work session. This will last 11 days and give everyone a chance to get familiar with the tools (Discord, Git/github, etc.) meet your fellow cohort members, complete a mini project and have a pair-programming experience!

By completing the individual project, it’ll also allow you to get a better sense of where you’ll best fit in the Voyage team project (See the Tiers section below for more info about this), and allow us to generate the most optimal teams.

Very friendly and supportive community

In your cohort you can expect a super friendly/supportive community of developers. We’re going to mix it up in Voyage-9 and you’ll have access to the larger Voyage community (usually around 200–400 people). Yes, they are all actively pursuing similar goals as you. 😃

You’ll share resources and knowledge with each other, keep each other accountable, and of course, BUILD a project for your portfolio while in a team.

Get out of your comfort zone

Let’s also not forget: you will be challenged to level-up your skills. This is not a tutorial where you can lazily follow through. This is the antidote to tutorial purgatory.

Learning the basics of team collaboration is not easy, and it will bring you out of your comfort zone, but it’s a super power in today’s global economy.

Confidence & a shiny portfolio

You can also expect that if you show grit, you’ll come out with a shiny new project for your portfolio (some teams even build nonprofit projects or projects that create value for others).

3 — What about the Tiers? I want to make sure I’m working on the right project

You may be wondering “I hope I don’t choose the wrong tier!”

Don’t worry! In the Pre-work session you’ll get the opportunity to get a sense about each Tier and where you best fit in.

We’ll then ask you after the Pre-work session what Tier you best fit in for the Voyage (and it’s absolutely okay to change from what you originally put in your application).

Be absolutely sure you read the Voyage-9 handbook sent to you in your Prep-pack email to learn more. 😃

4 — How can I prepare for this Voyage?

🔥A) Read the Voyage-9 Chingu Handbook

Big surprise here, eh? 😜

🔥B) Learn the basics of git/github

Resources can be found in the handbook (I’ve linked the exact spot in your Prep-pack email).

🔥B) Learn and begin to practice these essential Soft Skills.

30 principles to level-up your Soft Skills

(Note: if you learn these principles and how to apply them, they’ll change your life, full stop.)

5— Want to be SUPER prepared? Check these out from past members!

Below are some articles and videos from past members. Feel free to check any of them out.

🔥Here is an app & experience walkthrough by @paulywall from Voyage-8 (shout-out to GECKOS-TEAM-07!!)

🔥 Here is another app & experience walkthrough by the wonderfully energetic @Sabrina!! (Big shout-out to Geckos-Team-04!!)

🔥 Here is another app walkthrough by @Jane Lee from Voyage-8 🔥 (Shout-out to Bears-team-12!!)

🔥 Francesco Agnoletto on how to use Git/Github in a team setting

🔥@Oliver & @Dan, on Pair-Programming Tips (& a mini Demo)

Ben Kandelaars on his experience/team workflow in a Voyage (they reverse-engineered Airbnb!)

🔥Vannya, on being a Project Manager and Team Developer

Van Tabbert on the importance of building Momentum in remote teams.

7 — Member Articles

🔥 ziggysauce article on his Voyage team experience

Also, here is an article he wrote after he got a job!

🔥Sarah Schneider (one of the creators of CO/MENT, a Voyage project) on her experience in a Voyage team:

Six things I learned in six weeks on a Chingu Voyage Build2Learn project

🔥Eun Park’s article on her experience in a Voyage team:

Stress and insecurity: a newbie’s first remote dev team experience

🔥Matthew Burfield on his code adventure

How I got a mid-level front end developer role in just 8 months

🎆 If you get any of these 5 Chingus on your team, you just hit the remote dev lottery

8 — Past Project Showcases

🚀 One project at a time, we build to learn (Voyage-7)

🚀 Never stop building (Voyage-5/6)

🚀 Build, hack, learn: 50+ remote developer projects from the Chingu cohorts to start your day off right (Voyage-4)

🚀 The Winter Chingu Project Showcase (Voyage-3)

🚀 The Fall Chingu Project Showcase (Voyage-2)

🚀 The Spring/Summer Chingu Project Showcase (Voyage-1)

p.s. Voyage-8 showcase coming soon!

9 — Follow Chingu on Medium &Twitter! 🚀


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