Moving to another country can be frightening. However, many of us do this anyway. About 21 million of Polish people live outside Poland. We are moving abroad for many reasons: for the so-called "bread", the prospect of a better tomorrow, greater opportunities, the desire to buy your own home or just for adventure, because we love meeting new cultures and interesting people. In the past, we emigrated mostly for political reasons. Can you move to another country without stress, help from friends or a bag of money? You can! Discover 8 ways to move abroad cheaply.
Almost 25% of Poles are considering about economic emigration in the coming year. However, not everyone will do it. This is not surprising if we consider the risk that such a step involves. Let's assume that for 3-6 months or more we have been saving a lot. We collected 1,500 euro. We are ready to leave everything and move to London or Dublin to get a job that will give us a home in the future and an annual holiday in warm countries.
Cool. The first step is behind you. You quited your work, bought a one-way ticket. It's not that bad, if in 'London' you have family or friends with whom you can initially stay (and remember that you can not infinitely count on the good heart of even your beloved cousin), anyway you have to share the cost of housing or food, which in many countries are not low. Your savings will allow you to survive for 2 - up to 3 months (remember that most apartment owners expect payment for 2 months in advance!). You have a beautifully written CV in English and you set off to conquer the city. Most likely you will succeed. You will get a job in a restaurant, hotel or frozen food factory. But what if not? If you English is not strong enough? If the holiday season has just ended and hotels and restaurants are dismissing some of their staff? We can never be sure. After all, it is a different country and it may function differently than ours ... If you have family or friends in your home country who will take you back without a penny, then nothing really happened. you will swallow doen the bitter taste of disappointment and start living at home again. But what will you do in a sittuation when you don't have anyone close in your country of origin? What if your parents kick you out or died? Or when you just don't want to admit to failure? This is a very simple way to homelessness. Without an address, confirmation of invoices in your name, it is difficult to open a bank account, get a PPS or National Insurance Number. It is difficult to get a job without all of that...
I don't assume that each of us daredevils will become homeless, but burning down professional bridges behind you and moving into the unknown usually involves a lot of stress. However, this does not have to be the case. Believe me - I have a lot of experience in moving abroad. I currently live in a fifth country. After Poland, Romania, Great Britain (more precisely Scotland) and Ireland, the time has come for distant Mexico.
Ask your university what conditions must be met to get such an exchange.
During your studies in Athens or Munich you will certainly meet many wonderful people who could help you in the future to get your dream job in Greece, Germany or Spain. In addition, education at a foreign university will definitely be a strong point in your CV.
Pros of European volunteering are: great health insurance, lopportunity to learn the language of the country where you work, housing and food provided, and pocket money for 35-40 hours of usually interesting and valuable work (which you choose yourself from an extensive project database), as well as great adventure and building a grid interesting acquaintances. The downside of volunteering is that you cannot take up another paid job while you are a European Union volunteer. However, nothing prevents you from staying in your project country after volunteering (which can take up to 12 months) and work normally.
If you are serious about moving abroad, I advise you to go to a country which language you already know or, for example, work for 6 months with different hosts in a given country and learn a local language. Give yourself a minimum of one month to explore the country, build valuable relationships with people, and look for a job.
This is a much more free way, usually you do not sign any contract. However, this also involves less privileges - insurance, travel costs, possible problems with the hosts - everything is on you. This kind of job exchange for housing and food is also a great way to just travel cheaply.
In Scotland, I found an additional part-time job after 2 days (and I was looking for it in October after the end of tourist season), in Ireland I had a full-time job offer the first day after reaching Lisdoonvarna famous for the Matchmaking Festival, however, due to my commitment to helpx host and willingness to learn about work in an ecological center, I decided only for 10 additional paid hours of work in the restaurant and for the next 2 months I was looking for something different.
Thanks to helpx and working in the hostel, I easily moved to Scotland, and interesting work in the ecological center allowed me to live in Ireland without any stress 😉.
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You already know your options. So nothing stops you from fulfilling your dream of living far away from home. However, I have some a last few tips for you.
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