Location Independent Poverty26th February, 2010 at 12:54 | Posted in ESL Teaching, Location Independent, Personal Development | 11 Comments
Tags: Building Revenue, ESL Teaching, Goals, Location Independent, Travel
My hiatus from the Blogging Blueprint series has not been self-imposed. I want to be writing, I want to be working on the online development stuff, I want to be achieving something that I’m passionate for but the reality of my life is that I’m poor. I cannot afford to sit at a cafe using wifi any more. I can barely afford to feed myself and if it weren’t for my boyfriend or my dear girlfriend Brittany Sims I would have no where to live.
What’s truly frightening about this is that I am living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The last anyone heard I was still travelling around Thailand and Cambodia, volunteering in Phnom Penh and loving the city because I was sure that I was returning to China, I was sure that I would be relocating to Guangzhou to work at a major university and creating a new life there but then life happened. Life that has nothing to do with being online.
In the week before I was due to return I fell in love and made a dramatic choice to relocate to Phnom Penh permanently. I had already fallen in love with the city, the new man simply gave me enough fuel to find a way to make it happen but love doesn’t pay the bills and love doesn’t sustain your body. The truth of things for me are dismal and quite scary, getting work has been the greatest challenge in perseverance and endurance.
To be clear, this is all my own doing because of my last minute decision to follow my heart and my lack of funds after travelling for so long so it’s important to understand that a normal rational person probably wouldn’t do this. I’m spontaneous and I believe in instinct, I believe in love and I believe that China wasn’t a place that would give me happiness.
This is the no-bullshit account of the realities of living location independent and how truly difficult it can be. If I want to be honest in my success I must also acknowledge the down sides. For me, it’s not simply a case of returning to Australia, back to the real world to get work and save up my money to travel again. This is my lifestyle, these choices, these impromptu moves are what my life is made of, being a foundation traveller means going through these trials and overcoming the tribulations that come with living in foreign countries.
Cambodia has no infrastructure for English teaching employment. The majority of schools do not offer visas, accommodation or living adjustment support and finding work at a reputable school is next to impossible without first knowing someone.You literally fly blind hoping that you won’t be scammed. In many ways China has set me up with the right tools to read between the lines but anyone on the outside would have no hope. This is not a country to come to looking for work unless you’re cashed up and willing to play the waiting game.
The primary reason stems directly from the huge number of NGO’s who recruit volunteers from the world over. Because so many people actually pay to work for free very few schools are willing to pay a salary or provide any kind of support. It makes my kind of foundation travelling extremely difficult. I am lucky that I do have a friend here helping me and I am versatile in finding work by door-knocking or web-searching but the going’s slow and the opportunities few and far between.
Throughout the last few weeks, as the depression ebbed and flowed, what I’ve been aware of is how difficult maintaining an online stream of income is when you can’t get access to the internet. It is extremely difficult to work when a lack of money prevents you from splurging on the luxury of working online. If I had already achieved an income stream online I think I would be telling a different story; I’m still trying to build it and without money to live from I cannot achieve what I want.
It’s a catch 22. I can’t afford to spend money working online but I can’t afford not to if I ever hope to prevent this from happening again!
My vision is to get work, get accommodation and begin again; building, working, writing, and keeping my spirits elevating trusting that I will progress at the rate natural for my progression. As my boyfriend, Sanni, kindly reminded me: “Without these lows times we’d never appreciate the value in the high times.”
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