There are a few things that most people are undetermined of when it comes to moving into a whole new country, let alone living in the Maldives. The culture shock, disconnection from the rest of the world, the ties that would be burnt, the familiarity that would be lost badabadabada…
According to an experiment known as the mere exposure effect or the subliminal exposure effect familiarity breeds enjoyment. Because familiar things such as the music that you listen to, the food that you eat could be very satisfying stimuli for the mind. But what happens when you actually go out of your comfort zone? When you open yourself up to a world of unfamiliar stimuli. The ones that are risky, dangerous and may be detrimental for you. That’s the reason your brain wants you to stay away from it in the first place, right? It wants to save you. But when you are step out of this you are actually opening yourself up to a whole new dimension of things to explore and discover that easily goes beyond the risks involved.
The Maldives has always been a very welcoming place for foreigners who wants to live here. Working and living in the Maldives can be one of the most calming experiences of your life. The sun, the sand, the sea and the therapeutic call of the waves. If anything, the experience would definitely be an eye-opener and one of the most unique experiences of a lifetime.
Tuna, tuna and…. yes, more tuna. The Maldivians are very diverse people. The food that they eat comes from a long line of ancestry that dates back to thousands of years and came from all the corners of the world. The most resemblance however, comes from the closest countries such as India, Sri Lanka or Thailand. And sure enough, they are obsessed with tuna. Almost all of the food that is locally made has a touch of tuna, which is fresh from the ocean, unfrozen and unprocessed .A wide array of cuisine is mixed with coconut pulp which they fuse with other ingredients to make amazing products that would leave you begging for more. If you are living in an island you could have an evening cup and traditional finger foods with the locals.
The ancestry of the Maldives is as diverse as the mid-Renaissance talent in the South of France. It spans over a long line of forefathers coming from African, Middle Eastern, European and Chinese roots. The first settlers were however from the Indo Aryan origins. These people were said to be highly educated and well informed. They sailed the seas with vessels that were way beyond their time, discovering the tiny islands that were scattered to make up this beautiful country. One of the most significant groups to settle in the Maldives archipelago were South Indian tribes.
Because of this diverse background the Maldivian people have their roots in tradition from many of these countries. They are a very open minded and well informed group of people. Most of the locals are educated so you could possibly keep up a conversation with a huge portion of the population. The people are friendly and usually not open to a conversation unless you initiate one in most cases. But if you did, you’d definitely be glad to have done so.
The biggest culture shock for someone moving from Europe would be the utter chaos in the traffic system of the capital city. It is fairly unorganized and the first couple of weeks would be really hard to adjust to the living situation of the Maldives. The next complex meteorite would be letting go of a couple of traditions. They don’t have celebrate Christmas or Thanksgiving or most of the festivities tied to a religious point in the Maldives. Moreover, it is really hard to follow the most recent fashion trends while you are in the Maldives. There are no shopping malls that offer the branded lifestyle products, just a couple of small convenient stores. But hey, you’re in the sunny side of life right? There are plenty of things that more than makes up for these things. And it’s actually a really peaceful place to live once you get the hang of it.
Depending on your lifestyle there is a high chance that boredom would catch up to you after a couple of weeks. That is if you are not smart about it. There ARE things that you could do. Island hopping, scuba diving, island barbeques and a couple more. But it could really slow you down, after the honeymoon phase of sun, sand and sea. That is the effect that people actually want out of the Maldives after a busy life in the rats’ race. But if you are working here and constantly wake up to the same thing over and over again, you might feel a little claustrophobic. But you know what they say, you can find adventure in almost anything if you tried.
Working in the Travel Industry of Maldives
The travel market of the Maldives is bigger than any other market with new properties emerging into the industry every year. Branded properties in the market are always on the lookout for new skilled employees to join their team and building a career in the Maldives. If you are working in a resort in the Maldives you can reap most of the benefits that they offer to the guests staying in the property. The tranquility and peace can just be the elements that you were searching for after the busy environments of most countries. Accommodation and dining is provided by the resort which means the disposable income gained is quite high.
The Maldivian Experience
Working and living in the Maldives can be the best way to enrich your Maldivian experience. The new wave of slow travelling and backpacking has led the community to embrace a very new form of travelling. What better way to learn about a country than living in it and working with the people to better understand the qualities of Maldives? Learning about the history, traditions and the various cultural attributes tied to the Maldives. And you always wake up to a bit of golden sun on your skin and the sea breeze gently kissing you. Decide carefully little grasshopper.