Your Remote Year Questions, Answered
Thank you to everyone who replied to our call for questions on Instagram about Remote Year. Below, you’ll find these questions with our answers to them!
How do I make money on Remote Year?
Remote Year is a work-travel program, so the whole premise is to bring your own job on your worldwide travels. This is what gives each Remote Year group so much diversity and personality - you’ll be working remotely next to filmmakers, HR professionals, web designers, real estate managers, writers, advertising experts and more. The diversity is what makes Remote Year so interesting and fascinating in terms of an experience, because it’s the people who really ‘make’ the trip, and we find that every day we’re learning something new from the friends we’ve made.
How does Remote Year differ from taking my fully-remote job to a coworking space abroad?
Remote Year provides an unique, cultural experience and a community, which are the main differences, in my opinion. Taking your fully remote job and traveling the world can be simple and rather straightforward - you can work from coworking spaces in most major cities, spend however long you want in a city, and when you’re ready, you can move on. First, with Remote Year, you’re becoming part of a community - of friends, of travel buddies, of talented professionals, of a network for a lifetime. Remote Year provides structure, which means less time for every individual spent in finding a fully-vetted place to live, a dependable working environment, a pre-arranged “transition day” of travel to the next city on the itinerary, incredible Experience Managers and operations staff on the ground in each city.
Does Remote Year work with people who require visas to travel to the destination countries?
This is such a helpful question for most travelers, as visas play a huge role in arriving in many places. Most of the Remote Year destination cities are located in countries that typically don’t require visas for most passport holders, but it’s true that places like Argentina or Morocco, for example, require certain passport holders to obtain a visa beforehand. Remote Year does not assist with visas, as each traveler’s needs for entry may be different, so they recommend that you meet with an immigration professional before departing for your program. Ultimately, each Remote is responsible for securing his or her own visa for each destination on the trip itinerary.
Are there any excursions planned on weekends?
In short, yes! Remote Year plans three cultural experience events, called Tracks™, each month that are included in your monthly program fee. These include two weeknight events with other Remotes in the program, and a weekend event as well! The weekend excursion is usually a full day trip within driving distance of the city in which you’re living. As for excursions not sponsored by Remote Year, the world is your oyster! You are free to make plans with other Remotes to travel to other cities or countries as long as your work schedule and budget permit.
Is it safe to go as a single woman?
All Remote Year destination cities are generally safe, likely as safe as your home city, if you use a standard level of precaution. Women make up approximately half of all Remote Year participants and find safety in numbers with the RY community. Safety is naturally a big topic when travelling, so Remote Year has chosen cities with low safety threats that also score high in characteristics like culture, food, scenery and livability. For me, as a foreign female in Remote Year cities, I have rarely felt threatened by unsafe situations. I’d say that if you keep yourself out of trouble and exercise a responsible level of caution, a single woman should be more than fine.
OK, how do I get into Remote Year?
First, you’ll have to confirm that you have a remote job by the time you leave for the program. Some Remotes are working remotely for the first time and their last day in their corporate office is the day before they board a flight for Remote Year. Some Remotes have been working remotely for years, either because they’ve created a remote lifestyle, are freelancers, entrepreneurs or work as remote employees within a company. While Remote Year is largely travel-focused, it’s equally work-focused, with a lot of programming focused on professional life and the skills that everyone can showcase and share. In order to join Remote Year, you can apply through the website and you’ll first speak with a Program Placement Consultant, who’ll help you decide where in the world you’d like to spend your program and for how long, as Remote Year now has both 12-month and 4-month programs.
To start your application with Remote Year, visit www.remoteyear.com.
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