You’ve just finished high school/university,you don’t know what you want to do with your life because who decided that 18-year-olds should bear that responsibility anyway, and so you decide to partake in the Kiwi equivalent of a rite-of-passage: the big OE (Overseas Experience).

You’re filled with excitement at the prospect of leaving home for possibly the first time in your life; just imagine, all the places you’ll go, the different cultures you’ll experience, and all the amazing people you’ll meet along the way. But as exciting as an OE sounds, it is terrifying at the same time. Where will you go? How will you know what to do when you get there? How will you make sure that you’re not going to be completely alone in a strange country? et cetera.

To save you from the paralysing fear that is the unknown, I have compiled a list with handy tips and suggestions to get you through your year overseas, and to make it possibly one of the best years of your life.

Published by Marijn

Marijn is currently completing a BSc (Honours) in Psychology at the University of Otago; she has already completed a BA majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Film and Media because she just really loves to learn. Marijn has a passion for travel and exploration, and one of her main goals in life is to visit as many places as possible (at least one new country every two years!). Her sense of adventure does not extend to the party scene however, as she’d rather stay at home curled up with a good book than go out clubbing. Marijn does not, at this point in time, know where the future will take her.Unfortunately a degree in anthropology does not lead to traipsing around the globe like Indiana Jones, so for now she is content with finishing her degree, seeing the world one country at a time, and writing for the inspiring and badass HVNGRY magazine.

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