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  • Writer's pictureMa Luisa Loque

10 Eye-Opening Lessons from My Journey as an OFW in the Middle East

An overseas Filipino worker's (OFW) voyage to the Middle East is a transformative experience that leads to new perspectives, difficulties, and opportunities for personal development. I am incredibly grateful for the priceless lessons this lively and culturally rich region has taught me as I think back on my time working there. As I discuss the top ten lessons I learned from navigating the highs and lows of life as an OFW in the Middle East, I invite you to join me.


1. Cultural Diversity Unveiled:

The Middle East introduced me to a rich tapestry of cultures, languages, and traditions when I was living and working there. I've learned to value the beauty in our differences and celebrate the ties that unite us all through embracing variety.


2. Resilience in Adversity:

The difficulties I endured as an OFW put my resilience to the test like never before. I discovered how to adapt, endure, and become stronger from every challenge, demonstrating that a tenacious spirit knows no limitations, from language obstacles to homesickness.


3. Community Plays a Vital Role:

Surrounded by other OFWs, I learned the value of a close-knit community. These relationships turned into a lifeline, giving us a sense of community and a common appreciation for the individual trip we were all taking.


4. Financial Responsibility and Literacy:

Managing money while traveling is a crash course in financial responsibility. I developed the crucial skills of sensible budgeting, saving, and investing to safeguard my future and make the most of my hard-earned money.


5. Global View:

Working in a foreign environment broadened my view on international issues and socioeconomic trends. Having conversations with coworkers from different countries helped me to improve my knowledge and empathy as a global citizen.


6. Accepting Change:

Throughout my experience as an OFW, change was a constant companion. I discovered how to accept change with an open heart and a cheerful outlook, whether it was adjusting to new work environments or navigating evolving personal circumstances.


7. Mastering Communication:

Overcoming linguistic obstacles inspired me to hone my communication abilities. It became essential for me to successfully express myself both verbally and nonverbally in order to build lasting relationships and work relationships.


8. Cultural Sensitivity and Respect:

Living in a different country involves having a keen understanding of local customs and conventions. Cultural awareness and respect for local traditions enhance interpersonal interactions while also fostering harmony.


9. Home is Where the Heart Is:

Being away from home made the value of roots and family more apparent. The links of affection and shared experiences remained unshakable despite the distance between us, reminding me that home is indeed where the heart is.


10. Personal Development and Empowerment:

Above all, my experience as an OFW has given me the tools I need to grow into a more resilient, confident person. The Middle East served as the backdrop for my personal growth journey, a chapter I will always treasure as I overcame obstacles and realized my aspirations.



Working as an OFW in the Middle East was a life-changing experience that will always be etched in my memory. A rich tapestry of memories and insights has been created from the lessons learned, the friendships formed, and the personal progress realized. I take these priceless lessons with me as I proceed through life's journey and will always be appreciative of the chance to have stepped outside of my comfort zone and realized the full extent of my strength and ability.

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