Living and travelling in a developing country
Live in a developing country is an unique experience, I mean those countries where nobody would imagine to visit, those literally off-the-radar, those places that make your family and friends stare at you and ask: “Are you crazy?” Well, I love this question!
However, be in a developing country is not an experience for everyone and I’m always frank and straight to the point. It pushes you out of comfort zone, or being clear, there’s no comfort zone! Moreover the adventures, the vulnerability to culture shocks is much higher.
In paralel with the culture shocks, the uncertainties you’re going to face are vaste. You’re going to change, for sure, all the way: mindset, behavior, lifestyle, personal values, career, etc. How and in which scale? Only the time will answer. It’s really crazy!
If you already don’t feel comfortable to deal with — or only to think about — your vulnerabilities, to manage uncertainties and let your adrenalines to flow, it means you’re not ready yet. It’s not a kind of experience to post on Facebook and on Instagram. Even if you post, how many people are going to comprehend what you’re facing?
Many people take the experience of living in a developing country like a sex without condom: you enjoy while having sex (without condom), but you’d never do it again, you know?
If going throughout an exchange program, be careful when select the organization/company/NGO! It’s not because you’re out of comfort zone that you have to accept scams.
Based on my experiences, live and travel through off-the-radar places taught me to deal with unpredictability, kinda search for a purpose, you never know what’s going to happen ahead. Uncertainties free our minds to live the present and forget everything else — including our fears and bullshit negative thoughts. Life flows when we don’t waste time deceiving ourselves.
The non-glamorous aspects we face in developing countries — poverty, social inequality, corruption, etc. — also show us life can be joyed regardless any external aspect: we can dream, laugh, dance and have fun. I don’t mean to ignore such negative aspects, as they’re going to affect the quality of your experience anyway. So, why not be aware?
It’s a mix of extremes: fascinating and shocking, loving and irritating, happy and sad moments. And we have to be aware of such aspects.