More than one month ago, I published an article to describe the beginning of my Remote Year adventure with Ineat. After a few weeks into my new life, I wrote this article as an opportunity to take a closer look at this exciting way of working.
An intense first month
Wow! I have so much to tell you but where do I start? I am writing these lines from Lima, Peru and I can’t believe that September passed so quickly. Especially since Remote Year is already talking to us about the logistics of the next destination….
Because the “first month effect” made the arrival in Santiago full of challenges: a new country to discover, a new city to visit, a new office to settle in, a new apartment to settle in and 25 people to meet… It is exciting, demanding but worth it!
By acknowledging that I got the easy version when I compare with some of my classmates, I started the program by having the advantage of two weeks of vacation, which freed up a lot of time for me to get my marks and my bearings. Also, as I came from the Ineat service center in Montreal, I only had an hour’s jet lag.
I really feel like Remote Year is like a second job. Obviously, it’s not a holiday so once I got settled in, it was time to adjust for work.
Long-term teleworking requires organization, and more importantly, the organization changes along with countries every month. At Ineat, we have all the powerful tools we need to work remotely: Slack with some of our customers, the Office 365 collaborative suite, Teams for audio and video conferencing which equipped us with everything to communicate under the best conditions. But I have learned that nothing will ever replace human warmth and spontaneous conversations. I will have the opportunity to further substantiate the subject of the challenges and state of mind to adopt when it comes to telework in a future article. Stay tuned!
Our shared and loaded Remote Year calendar: webinars, conferences, formations, activites, workshops, sports, birthdays, language courses
Every day, Remote Year invites us to step out of our comfort zone and experience new things. I could fill this section of the article indefinitely… But here is a selection of three unexpected experiences I had in Chile.
I had the opportunity to do a drawing class with Shawn, a member of our group who is a former Walt Disney artist. Imagine that usually, when I am at the maximum of my form, the most elaborate drawing I can do is smiley drawings ?. So what a challenge to have followed Shawn’s course on how to draw a Condorito! Admire the masterpiece:
Michal is another companion. He is a Designer from the Czech Republic who lived in New Zealand before going on Remote Year. Michal took the initiative to teach us meditation at work. My first reaction was: “Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?! Who’s got time for this? ». But Remote Year is also about breaking prejudices. Then I discovered with pleasure and surprise the mental and physical hygiene that meditation brings.
Have you ever experienced an earthquake? For me it was a first… Nothing dramatic, a 4.4 on the Richter scale: a few tremors well marked as if a subway had just passed under the building. But in fact, it is our good old planet that gives a sign of life through the movement of its tectonic plates. Plaques that give rise to mountain ranges such as the magnificent Andes mountain range, centimeter by centimeter and with a few million years of work. I’ll give you a little glimpse of my visit:
Hot water sources in San Jose de Maipo in the Andes
The potential of Remote Year
In just four years of experience, Remote Year has become a community of professionals from all walks of life. Digital nomads are becoming more and more popular in manny sectors of activity. I will come back with a whole bunch of fascinating statistics in a future article. In the meantime, IT is no exception. This is evidenced by the new $5 million fundraising campaign that Remote Year has just completed to develop new destinations in its offer.
In the Remote Year methodology, there is an exercise called UnConference. It is an invitation to present both its skills and know-how, but also to formulate what we would like to learn in the Pecha Kucha format.
My slide for the UnConference exercice of Remote Year
Training and Knowledge Drops
There are also training courses to raise awareness of cultural differences, with topics such as diversity at work, micro-aggressions, unconscious prejudices and many others. Remote Year also provides “Knowledge Drops” on its Youtube channel, a real gold mine of knowledge sharing, 100% at the initiative of the community. Here is a small selection:
– The Power of Calm
– How to Protect Yourself Online – Cybersecurity Basics
– How to Drive a Rickshaw in India
– Long Distance Leadership
– How to Write a Book
– How To Get Clients Using LinkedIn
– The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Last but not least, there is also the Slack Remote Nation which gathers more than 2000 people all over the world:
– Need advice for your next trip to Bali?
– Need to find friends to go out tonight in Tokyo?
– Need to verify information on the field in Istanbul?
– Need a mule between Lisbon and Cape Town?
– Would you love to receive a postcard from Buenos Aires?
– Or do you need a job? (yes yes yes there is a #jobboard string)
Anything is possible! Especially since the Remote Year Slack works with the Donut application. Every month, in the #ry-connect channel and thanks to the Donut chatbot, we are randomly drawn and matched with a person from the community. We are then invited to introduce ourselves and discuss. My next appointment will be with Immaculate, a social worker in the United States from Kenya.
With such a network and culture of sharing, I am sure I have all the means and contacts to carry out my market research: how to coordinate teams made up of telework resources and over different time zones to make Follow the Sun style development?
That concludes this article. I hope I was able to give you a good overview about how the Remote Year adventure works. Next destination for November is in Medellín, Colombia.