Anyone who knows me knows that I can make friends fairly easily, but my core circle never changes; and when I travel, it is typically with one or more persons. So I surprised myself when I decided to embark on this journey…solo. Given the opportunity to travel with a group of classmates to the beautiful country of Belgium, I politely declined and actively pursued a position at 3C Ministries. 3C Ministries is a diverse church with over 12,000 members in South Africa. Through television and radio broadcast, this ministry reaches over 47 million people throughout Africa and Europe. Working with this church I am sure to learn a great deal about the inner workings of a global organization from a communication perspective.
SOUTH AFRICA ~ I am not sure what emotion I feel about this journey or if there is an emotion present at all – maybe it’s anxiety.
Anxious because I have no idea what to expect…will they like, will I like them, will they understand me and my humor (I’m a funny person…lol)…there are a million and one questions floating around in my head and still a few unanswered. You never realize how important it is to understand how two cultures can effectively co-exist, until you have no choice but to co-exist.
Right now the most important unanswered question is “what should I pack???” I know this may seem trivial, but when entering a new work environment and more importantly, a new culture, even your clothing can communicate a non-verbal message that can be interpreted as offensive and that is not my intent. It may sound superficial, but first impressions are lasting…so I turn to Google!!! It appears that the street fashion in South Africa is quite desirable, however I am sure my new employer would not appreciate a daily fashion show, or maybe they would…I don’t know. I was always taught to error on the side of caution so, ten hours later (breaks and naps included) I produced two carry-ons filled with strategically placed and tightly rolled garments, complete with uneventful work attire and all things travel size.
I zip my bags ~ I pray for traveling mercies ~ and I’m off…I just hope what’s in store is more exciting than what is in these bags!
Until next time…
~ Nak ❤
p.s. They are going to like me right???