As our community grows we are keen to hear from more of our socially minded members from across the world. Hence, the birth of our interview series. This week we talk to remote worker, Kayla, who found her love for social good grow the more she travelled.
What’s the background story of your career/life?
I had always wanted to travel, so as soon as I could, I quit my office job and began backpacking around the world. Nearly a year into my trip I was running out of money but knew that I didn't want to stop traveling, so I started looking into options for remote work.
At the same time, traveling to different countries helped me see how privileged my own life had been in Canada. I had always wanted to work in the social sector, but traveling only reinforced this for me.
What does fulfilling work mean to you?
It means doing work that I enjoy, that's having a positive impact in communities around the world.
What do you love about the work that you do?
I love that I get to spend my days writing, chatting to people online, and sharing yoga with others. I love seeing the impact that my work is making whether that's a smile on someone's face after a yoga class, or helping NGO's spread their message to more people.
Why have you chosen to work remotely? What are the good and the bad about doing so?
I wanted to have a flexible schedule, and be able to travel while I worked. It let's me build my work around my life rather than the other way round. Some of the bad things are that it can be hard to find good wifi or a good working space, and sometimes friends and family don't understand when you're 'on holiday' but not actually on a work holiday!
Do you have values that you live by and how do these come into effect in your 'work' life?
I like to think that I do the best I can with the skills I have, and try to continue learning and improving. I also try to make the right decisions regarding the impact that my travel can have on the environment and local communities.
Do you travel whilst working or do you have a home base? If you travel what's your favourite location(s) for remote working?
A mix of both! I tend to have temporary home bases for a year or two, and then I'll travel for a few months while moving to the next home base. Barcelona and Nafplio are two of my favourite destinations, but it's hard to choose!
Are there any online resources you find useful and essential for your location independent lifestyle & work?
Too many to count! I'm part of numerous Facebook groups for digital nomads and female entrepreneurs that are very supportive. I also read a lot of blogs and books about travel, business, and yoga.
What one thing would you say to someone just starting out or looking for remote work?
Get very clear on what skills you have to offer. It's not so different than looking for any kind of work!