Stepping Outside of the Norm.

Marquita shares her vast moving abroad experiences and the top places she loved.

I would say the most challenging thing about moving abroad is getting settled in. You are so ready to experience the culture that you want to knock the logistics out of the way so you can start to explore.

Let’s start at the beginning: Where are you originally from? When did you move abroad and where did you move abroad to?

I am from North Carolina and moved abroad in 2016.

How were you able to migrate? (Job, Visa, Spouse, Family or another channel?)

Through my job.

Why did you decide to move and did you know anyone there?

I volunteered for a job overseas because I wanted a different experience. I wanted a chance to explore different cultures and step outside of my norm.

How did you find the job searching process? Was there anything about working overseas that surprised you?

The job search was easy because I am military. The only thing that surprises you is the convenience. Being from the US, we are used to having things here and now. Most countries are family/relationship oriented.

How was the experience finding a new home?

The experience was tedious because you have to search around moving season.

How is the social scene? What was your experience making friends?

The social scene is slightly different. I didn’t notice a huge difference because most try to adapt to American “culture”. Making friends wasn’t difficult.

Did you date overseas? If so, what was that experience like? Any memorable stories you can share?

Yes, but he was American so they it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.

Do you feel your race impacted your experience? If so, how?

Yes! Absolutely. I have always felt uneasy around other races from different cultures especially because of the perception they have of black people based on what they see on TV. Most of the people (especially men) look at you like the elephant in the room. The men look at you as a fetish which can be very uneasy.

What has been the most challenging thing about moving abroad?

I would say the most challenging thing about moving abroad is getting settled in. You are so ready to experience the culture that you want to knock the logistics out of the way so you can start to explore.

What has been the most rewarding?

The most rewarding experience has been the opportunity to be where I am. Not a lot of people get this chance and it is humbling.

Tips & Advice for the Her Expatise Community

What in your experience would you say is the minimum monthly cost of living? 

250 USD

Any advice on the visa/migrating process that could help someone else’s process go smoother? 

I didn’t have that issue because I a military. However, I would say have patience and adapt and overcome.

Any insider tips on a place you enjoy going to or an activity you enjoy doing? 

I loved Africa, Croatia, Split, Belgium, Mallorca. I love the sun.

Finally, If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice before you got on that plane to move abroad, what would it be? 

GO FOR IT!! Nothing is holding you back.

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