Top 5 skills Cuban expats need abroad

Moving abroad is not always easy, as there are many challenges rising every day. Starting from not having close by the people your life revolved around to the new lifestyles you discover in the new world you chose as “home”.

For Cuban expats, due to their adventurous spirit, eagerness to learn and risk-taking attitude, things are easier, but still, we gathered some skills highly needed and greatly appreciated after the courageous expat life begins.
In case you’re flirting with the idea of moving abroad, you’ll find this useful; if you’re already abroad, we invite you to complete the list, according to your own experience.

  • Language skills

    We know that “drama” is the same in Spanish and English… although we hope you won’t need the word that much! And so are “margarita” and “salsa”. But you definitely need to be very fluent in the official language of the country you’re moving to. It’s not a process that happens at once, but reading newspapers, watching TV shows and movies in the foreign language you want to learn will be very helpful.

  • Adaptibility

    You’ll need tons of this, just make sure to place the order in advance… Adapting to the new culture, new people, new styles of living, even new weather, these are all important steps you need to follow to make the new place your home. Getting familiar with the particularities of the new country by reading or asking for the advice of the Cubans who already left Cuba will be a great help.

  • Patriotism

    This is more of a “skill” that will grow even stronger after moving abroad. Don’t forget to celebrate all the holidays that make Cuba the great nation it is today and share Cuban stories with the people you meet abroad.

  • Emotional intelligence

    If your emotional intelligence is rather high, you’re able to recognize your own emotional state and the emotional states of others, and engage with people in a way that draws them to you. This is very important in the context of expat life, when everything is new. You can use this understanding of emotions to relate better to other people, form healthier relationships and achieve greater success at work and in your personal life.

  • Saving skills

    Oh yes, money matters! Every little penny must be wisely spent. And there’s a savings’ chapter we can help you with: your phone bill. To help you save money on your international calling services, offers you the best deals for calling and sending SMS to Cuba: 69.9¢/min and 7¢/SMS.

For more tips on saving money when living abroad, read: “5 tips for saving money for Cuban expats living abroad”