Moving to a new vicinity is always never easy, you have to tell yourself all the positive things you want to hear especially if it’s a place you have no family or friends.
I recently got posted to Niger State for my youth service. I could remember feeling a bit down when I got the posting letter because I didn’t know what I was going to be up against.
Many questions ran through my mind, “How will I survive?”, “Would there be electricity? Water? Health Centres? Good food?” It went on and on.
Finally, after the three weeks orientation camp, I was posted to Borgu Local Government. I and a bunch of corps members travelled about 8 hours from the camp in the state capital to Borgu.
It’s been three months here in Borgu and I am actually enjoying it. I have decided to write a few tips to corpers on how to cope in a new environment.
So here are a few tips for you👇.
1. Treat it like an adventure. See it as one of life’s many experiences.
2. Try to pack all that you will need from home, the essential things you leave behind thinking you can actually buy in this new place, may not be available or may be available and very expensive.
It’s important to save money, allawee may be delayed for whatever reason.
3. Try to make new friends.
4. Ask questions, the locals always know better. Don’t just Google.
5. Go out, explore your new environment, check out places.
Find out where the bank is, the nearest clinic, the police station, bar etc….
6. Don’t be afraid to try new things, new food and so on.
7. Stay in touch with pals from home. *Especially when you are starting to get frustrated; friends and family will definitely encourage you*
8. Try to learn basic words/phrases like “how much..”, “greetings”, “I don’t understand” etc. if it’s a place where they speak a foreign language. This will always come in handy.
9. Always hold cash, especially if you are posted to a rural area.
10. Try to understand the people’s ways. If they are conservative, be conservative, if it’s a quiet place don’t start blasting loud music. The last thing you want to do is to offend the people who are supposed to help you.
11. Always smile and don’t be scared to ask for help.
12. Be polite, even if there is a language barrier, body language sends off a lot of vibes.
13. Don’t give up on your hobbies. Just because you are away from home doesn’t mean you should give up on what you love doing. If you love playing soccer, chances are there is a coded field somewhere where people play.
14. Most importantly, be optimistic about everything. *Keep a positive attitude*💪
I hope you find this helpful. Let me know if I missed any useful tip in the comment section
Enjoy your service year✌️.