You may not be able to imagine it in advance, but at some point during your stay in Curaçao you may get homesick. There is of course nothing wrong with this, but it is very annoying for yourself. The one is of course more sensitive than the other but with the tips below it will get better soon!
Tip 1: Farewell at the airport
You have probably been looking forward to it for some time, an internship or working in Curaçao. You are busy collecting things that you want to take with you, etc. We call this fun phase the anticipation. To keep this anticipation as fun as possible, it is wise to arrange everything via CuraStage. So you only have to worry about the nice things like packing suitcase. We ensure that the rest is arranged for you! When the time comes, for example, you have the choice of having a farewell party with friends and family. Think carefully about this because it may also be that it is "loaded" and then you make it even more difficult for yourself. It is also important to consider who you want to take to the airport and do you want them to walk all the way inside? Sometimes a quick bye is easier to digest than an intimate hug and kiss from your parents. Do you look up to this or do you not know how you can best tackle this? Be sure to discuss it with your family and friends because they know you best and know what suits you. Do of course only what you want and not because the whole parade of friends likes an outing airport.
Tip 2: New housemates are nice
Then comes the moment that you have landed and that you are coming to your housing There is a good chance that there are already roommates and they already know each other. This is of course very exciting but can also be super fun! Everyone already knows each other but also knows a lot about Curaçao. They can take you along nicely and you will get to know your housemates naturally. Perhaps the most important thing: they have experienced this too! Everyone is in this situation and the housemates realize that when they see you too. Do not try to retreat directly to your room but open up. It is also okay if you do not immediately remember the names of your housemates. Just laugh about it because yes after such a long flight and new environment nobody remembers everything! Give it one to two weeks and then you know all your housemates and you also belong to the group.
Tip 3: Internship or work is less fun than expected
If you arrange your work or internship through CuraStage, this should not be possible in practice because we know the companies well and we have had enough contact time in advance. Have you arranged your internship or work for Curaçao yourself and it appears to be disappointing in practice? Yes that's just bad luck. Consider well for yourself what you do not like and why. Is it your colleagues or are your duties not fun? You cannot change much in the first, but you can change your tasks in the second. Indicate to your supervisor or supervisor that you would like to do something else if possible. You can also have an honest conversation that you are not happy at work and why. Only when you state it and you also have a substantiation, can the situation change!
Tip 4: Missing friends and family
Well this probably remains the most difficult because it cannot be solved immediately. But there are things that can reduce your nostalgia for home. Do you have a difficult moment? Then make a list of the reasons why you wanted do an internship or working on Curaçao. This will remind you why you have done this again. In addition, it is useful to consider when you get homesick. Is this, for example, after a telephone conversation with the home front? Then it might be useful to reduce the number of contact moments at home. If something bad happens, they will call you!
One thing is certain, when you are homesick on Curaçao then you romanticize your old life. Everything seems nicer and more comfortable at that time, but in practice this is not the case. Because when you return home one day, everything is back to normal and you just wanted to get away from it. Go do fun things with the friends here on Curaçao. Organize a nice outing, go swimming in the sea and grab a nice terrace.
Tip 5: Homesick to Curaçao
Almost every student we supervised has been homesick for Curaçao once they got home. Our tip, get everything out of it because you probably only do this once in your life! To soothe homesickness, view the beautiful photos that you have taken during your internship or work period in Curaçao. Tell a lot about it and convince people of this unique challenge.
With the above tips, the nostalgia on Curaçao must really be manageable and you can safely come to this. Try to enjoy every moment and are you homesick? Read this article again and get started with the tips!