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How To Survive In A Less Developed Country

Updated on August 7, 2017

Poverty; they say is a state of mind and when life becomes hard as a result of factors that are beyond our control, we are required to make good choices, effort and tenacity. Every epoch of humanity has had to come to terms with this and poverty as it were, will remain the greatest challenge of mankind.

Living in a poor country is more or less a choice these days most especially if you are a foreigner there. But for the locals, it’s only the choice since they might not be able to migrate to a better place where their talent will be valued and priced.

Managing a few resources in a discomfort zone is something that many will have to deal with more than once during an average lifetime, and with the recent recession and global economic melt-down, low-living has further become both visible and invisible and could easily creep into any economic zone subject to borderless economic digitalization- Promoting and/or discouraging human lives. The adverse effects or uncertainties that may unfold and threaten the hope of foreigners in poor country should not be ignored since they could last for years and if not effectively tackled, could lead many into what is called “the victims of circumstance”. It is better to take the ten steps and also avoid the ten “do not’s” in order to survive in a poor country. You can watch the video at the middle of this article to understand why some countries remain poor and while others stay rich or grow to become rich.


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1) Make a sharp choice between going straight to your embassy to seek repatriation and staying back to test and exercise your strength as a man. History is chronicled with countless stories of how the best qualities in people emerged and were used to change the course of our civilization for good. They left their comfort zone willingly or by exile to places where the only resource they had was their mind. You may be voted into that hall of fame by time itself if you will do things right and smart amidst fear which is always there to remind you of your weaknesses. That same fear pervaded the people when they were tilling the foundation for history itself in the past.

2) Saving and budgeting will allow you to mange unforeseen expenditures and to see exactly where your money is being spent. This makes it easy to reduce unwise spending in certain areas so that there is more money available for future use. Changing your priority to the basic needs would be a good start at first. Third-world nations are flooded with cheap gadgets and if you don’t tighten-up your budget, you might be tempted to buying things you may eventually not need at long last. Live simply and happily.


3) Identify key areas where the country is struggling and be assertive toward these areas. Research on possible solution to the challenges and do some writings about them. This will foster further dialogue on how to address these issues both locally and national depending on the scale and degree of your audience.

4) Join a religious group and be active in carrying out its duties and functions. This will help you commune with the locals and reach out to their international sponsors and congregations in case of personal and spiritual needs and assistance.

5) Volunteer on local organization within your location and use your talent to train the locals. If you don’t have any skill, teach your language or anything you know but they don’t know in the local institutions. Music and instrument, dance, yoga, cooking and baking, art and painting, English language or French are some of the things the locals may be need to learn. I am sure many especially students and the jobless will be interested.

6) Create a good rapport with the local government officials, as well as the security agencies. This will give you security and confidence to work and walk among the people.

7) Learn the culture and the language of the people. Show respect to their norms and values. Some may “suck” but never mind, just go along with the flow and pretend to enjoy things. The very things you resent may turn out as fun later on. Share the little you have and use smile as your charm and be quick to praise their little effort. This will win you favor and bring people to your council.

8) Stay in good spirit and be healthy. Staying positive and healthy will help to prevent anxiety and other feelings of hopelessness. This will also provide you with more energy and enthusiasm to work longer hours when necessary. Eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep at night should be your routine and if please, get married!.


9) Grow your own food or buy from the local markets. Quality and standards are low everywhere and this is not uncommon with the food stuffs. The malls are not going to sell the best but the local farmers. Going local could also mean going organic since most of the farmers are growing their food naturally in small scale and selling off the little remaining to support their families.

10) Be a leader in all you do and think and always work towards creating values to the people. You will be tempted to go into activities that will generate money in a short-term basis. This is good but the activities aimed at creating values; be it goods, services or ideas that will change people’s lives, will in most cases, generate profit in a long-run and such will be more rewarding and may be you legacy to them and to the world at large. The photo bellow shows author and his students in his apartment after English language class.

Author and his English language students in the Philippines. Teaching English and maths to Koreans is very lucrative venture here.


Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich

4) Involve in their “games”. Drugs, prostitution and human trafficking are very common in these countries and if you are so much interested in the huge profit these illegal activities promise, the chances of you going in are big. I would rather advice you don’t go close not to talk of running them. This might be a good way to die or worst still lose a fight you were meant to help them fight.

5) Think that they are “fools” in any way. As much as you are a teacher to as many there, you remain a student to some people that have cross your path; physically or mentally and still a pupil to life itself.

6) Invest without a proper research and local needs appraisal. Before engaging in any investment in poor countries, be sensitive enough to the people’s needs, the investment policies of the country, the local permits, the environmental and social impact of your investment, and the competitors. These will gird you for a better stand to start or not to.

Do not

1) Go to the local bars all the time. This will create an impression that you are just a tourist and might jeopardize your good effort.

2) “Sleep around” with the women. The tendencies of you being seen as a” hot cake” is high especially in the less developed Asian countries. Be contented with one if you decide to have a woman there. Having a woman, like I said before, could help you reach out more effectively to the people and the places.

3) Associate mostly with the rich locals. This might send a wrong signal to the ordinary people that you are a “business man “, and the vital information you might need from them may not get to you.

7) Be lazy. The old adage “when you go to Rome, act like a Roman”, may be applicable in some areas for example the culture and norms of the locals, but should not be embrace in areas where productivity is needed. You will be tempted to behave like the lazy locals who are always more in number and many will be your friends. Instead of joining them eating, drinking and sleeping, encourage them to grow-up, wake-up and be creative.

8) Step on toes. Always be alert to understand “the good” and “the bad” among the people and make connection to all without judgment and know your limit to avoid intrusion into unnecessary dangerous local affairs.

9) Expect to be rewarded by them in any way and be smart to recognize that success is not always in monetary form.

10) Stay when all is not working out and do not leave when you still believe you can make history by staying back to grow and contribute to the locals. Above is a video listing some of the world's poorest country.

If someone is determined to improve his or her life and to avoid a lot of the (common mistakes) people make, he or she will avoid poverty in any society he found himself. We have no say in the circumstances we are born in or the location we see ourselves in however we have the power to grow-up mentally and sprout from there. One of the keys is to find the people who went through similar circumstances, how they did achieve what you want and all you need is to follow their "recipe". Success leaves clues.

In fact I believe it's easier for one person to avoid poverty irrespective of your location, than it is to try and rescue a large group of people. Life is a personal journey.

In a very poor country, one must seek to employ self-sustaining actions that provide the subsistence and shelter required to withstand the climate and pressures of common existence. Sometimes this requires depriving oneself of comforts and striving hard to excel. This has been my journey in a south East Asian country.



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