It’s that time again! Another feature of a fabulous traveler living and studying abroad. I’m pleased to introduce you to Nicole Brewer (who blogs at ILove2GlobeTrot), after you read about her experiences why not check out her blog and see a few more of the places she’s been?
Where are you currently living and how long have you been there?
I’m currently located in Nizwa, Oman going on my second year teaching English here as a lecturer.
What made you decide to start studying abroad?
After teaching English a few years in South Korea (after being laid off from my market research job and being fed up with the down economy back home), I decided to go back to school in Germany to get my MA in International Humanitarian Action.
How long have you been living outside of the USA and how do you think you have changed since becoming an expat?
I have been living outside of the US for over 5 years now. I feel that being an expat has made me a more well-rounded individual. I’m able to adapt to new surroundings and have more compassion for people outside of my culture after immersing myself into theirs.
How many different countries have you lived/studied in and did you speak the language of those countries before you moved?
I’ve lived in 4 countries (South Korea, Germany, South Africa and Oman). I studied both in Germany and South Africa. I only picked up some Korean and a few words in German as it was not necessary to be fluent in another language while living there, not to mention I’ve always worked and/or studied for my MA making it difficult to find the time to devote to learn a language fully.
How is your daily life different now than it was when you lived in the States?
I feel that I’m truly living in my life’s purpose while teaching, immersing myself in different cultures and now writing about my experiences traveling and being an expat on my site I Luv 2 Globe Trot. I’m happy to be inspiring others to live a life outside of the ordinary.
Are there any customs from the countries you’ve lived in that you now incorporate in your daily life?
I’ve said since living in Oman, that I’m a true Omani at heart since I take my afternoon naps during the peak time of day after work since it’s so hot here lol. There are some words that I’ve picked up in both Korean and German that sort of rolls of the tongue while I’m doing things now too.
How is being Black different overseas than it is in America?
I personally don’t feel like it’s a Huge difference being a Black person while I’ve lived abroad compared to home. You will have to deal with stereotypes and bias where ever you go in the world to some degree, but the beauty of being an expat is the fact that I know I’m making a difference to dispel some of these things as locals get to know me and see me for who I really am…a human being regardless of race.