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Turkey and Me Part 1

Updated: Mar 21, 2023

My name is Cheney and I am the Business Coordinator at World Voyage. I am the person that is responsible to coordinate visas, flights and departures of our candidates. I don’t always feature, but I am always in the background making a new plan for a mutated obstacle.

I too have been the victim of COVID-19, travel bans and entry restrictions.

In August of 2021 our Founder and CEO came up with a plan to send me to Turkey to learn more about the culture. An easy (and safe) way to send me for an extended time, was for me to stay with a host family. I managed to get an amazing host family through our Turkish partner. Part of the deal was that I will be tutoring their little one in English, French and piano in the afternoons while continuing with my normal job during the mornings.

After our match was confirmed, I was faced with my first obstacle – I had to quarantine upon arrival in Turkey for 14 days, a very costly excursion that we were not willing to pay. We opted to wait until the dust settled. Finally, I had a ticket and was able to depart early December, up until 72 hours prior to my flight. A new strain presented itself and my ticket was cancelled as borders were closed once again. Two months passed in a whirl of waiting for a new week for a new announcement, eventually at the end of January 2022 the flights opened up and I had a week to repack my bags and make last minute plans.

On the day of my arrival, I was told that it is my host-kid’s birthday. I was welcomed into my new Turkish home with a house full of people. My host mother looked sincerely excited about my arrival and greeted me warmly. The family has been waiting for my arrival before they cut the birthday cake and what a beautiful moment that was. I experienced a warm family that came together to shower the little one with all their love. My host mom also immediately did what she does best – by feeding me. I am starting to think that in this family they show their love and affection by making sure you are never hungry.