In my first job in Latin America, volunteering for a small NGO in Honduras, I felt completely lost.
I got offended when people were late for meetings, frustrated when my plans didn’t become reality and uneasy when I needed to show up to an unexpected event. It took a couple of years for me to minimize those feelings and realize that stomping my gringo feet at the culture I didn’t understand wasn’t going to do any good.
It was me who needed to adapt.
Fast forward five years, I still work in Latin America and no longer feel frustrated.
Here’s a list of skills that allowed me this shift.