My Life Changed For the Better After Living in South Africa
Lesson 1: Business
Relax, that is what you’ll need when it comes to handling business in South Africa. The chill South African vibe in which they handle life bleeds into professional spaces, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There isn’t always a sense of urgency to get things done when compared to business in the U.S. The several years you lived in New York and Chicago have led way to your quick-paced mentality. So, at first, you’ll get frustrated and impatient. You will ask yourself, “how do things get accomplished with this type of pacing?”
Soon, you’ll realize that in a ‘timely manner’ simply has a different definition. It doesn’t mean things won’t get done; it just gets done on a different time table. And you will adapt to this.
Lesson 2: Communication
Lesson 3: Industry Culture
By the time your 3 months is over, you will have cracked the entire top half of your phone on a safari, managed through power outages, and the class you’ve prepared to teach will be canceled the day of. On the flip side, you will have explored the country, met new people, and shared your work. You will learn that circumstances will happen that are completely out of your control, but you must take the good with the bad. That is life.
Above all, what’s most fulfilling is the inspiration you’ll receive from South Africa. The blend of people, fashion, food, music, history, and scenery will leave you motivated and extremely enthused. Being able to merge your love for traveling and passion with finding refreshing stories will inspire you to return. But that letter is currently being written.