What's your background?
I am a 25-year-old Dutchman born in the Netherlands. On a Dutch university I majored in English Linguistics and was employed as a language tester in an assessment company. I worked there for nearly three years after which I decided that the nine-to-five office environment was not for me.
What led you to investigate remote work and travel programs?
Day in day out, I worked from the same desk on the same project. I felt the need to broaden my horizon. I wanted change. I had a job that did not satisfy and I had the desire for adventure, exploration, and international contacts. I wanted to found my own company and follow my own path.
What programs did you look at and why did you choose to come on Wanderboss?
I was not necessarily looking for a programme to join; I wanted to find out more about becoming a digital nomad. While looking for information on and experiences of digital nomads I, sort of, stumbled upon several programmes that offer roughly similar 'digital nomad' experiences. A blog listed many programmes and even included reviews on those programmes that had been in full swing for a few years. I went through dozens of reviews, blogs, and vlogs and found positives and negatives on each programme. However, I do sincerely believe that these pros and cons are completely subjective and people interested should list their own and find out which programme fits them best.
I actually decided upon Wanderboss as they explicitly mentioned helping participants transition into the digital nomad life. Wanderboss' approach fits my idea of how I would want to become a digital nomad, i.e. without jumping into the deep end of the pool. Additionally, I have always wished to go to Australia and Japan, and Wanderboss is the only programme I found that includes both countries in their itinerary.
What was the application process like?
After signing up through Wanderboss.com, I was soon invited for a Skype-interview. For me, applying through Skype was a new experience, but it is much easier as I feared it to be. The first interview was set up to create common ground between the participant and Wanderboss. Basically, what do you expect from the programme? What does Wanderboss expect from you?
This was a really laid-back and open-minded talk just to make sure you are on the same page. Important in this talk is to convey what your intrinsic motivation is for joining the programme. Afterwards, I was asked to write up a cover letter and update my CV. A few weeks later I was invited for another Skype-interview where we talked about job-prospectives. Again very open-minded.
I felt I could ask anything and after the talk I received a list of possible job-opportunities and I started to look into what I could do and what Wanderboss could do for me to smooth the process of finding a remote job. I was at no moment lost and I always felt the support I needed to find my own job(s) and generate my own income. Wanderboss just pointed me in the right direction.
What are you planning to achieve by the end of the 6-month program?
By the end of the programme I hope to have set up my own E-learning company and generated my first income from it. I will have experienced different jobs in different settings in both education and IT. I hope to have grown on a personal and professional level.
What are the top three things you're the most looking forward to?
International contacts, professional and personal growth, travelling.
What do you think will be the most challenging thing on the program/working remote?
Finding and keeping your job. Communication is key while working remote. Because you are not always 'at the office', you should communicate openly and extensively. If you do - and, of course, deliver good work - I believe that you may overcome one of the hardest things working remote.
Have you been to any of the three destinations Wanderboss is going to? If yes, what do you think about them?
I have been to Thailand, but I only travelled the southern parts of the country and went nowhere near Chiang Mai. So I know a little bit about the country and the people, however the city I will stay at will be completely new. I have never visited Australia and Japan before.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Feet in the sand, palm trees overhead, laptop on a small table next to me - a digital nomad who made his start-up become successful enough to support a lifestyle of travel and work anywhere in the world.