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Reasons While Prospective Corps Members Should Choose To Travel To Far Place [updated]

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Adeyemi Adejoke
Ebonyi State University (EBSU)
400Level, Nigeria.

What is the fun of doing your National youth service year at your region or zone? Many will say because of security or access to home? But not all part of Nigeria is insecure and why do you need access to home, when you can explore and have friends, father mother elsewhere, people that cheers you and want you well.

I personally have access to travel to the far north for my national youth programme, then I was posted to Yobe State and it was a whole lot of experience, let me share with you reasons why you should travel;

1. It gets you out of your comfort zone

Whether you travel independently or as part of an in a group, you’re stepping into a completely new world that may be well out of your comfort zone. Perhaps you’ve never traveled alone before or being around people other than your close family and friends makes you feel intimidated. This people will end up been your friends at camp. But once you take the plunge, you’ll probably be surprised at the transformation that takes place. Chances are you’ll find a confidence you never knew you had and be able to take on challenges you never would have tackled previously.

2. It puts life in perspective

If you’ve grown up, a graduate at least in your 20's with all the comforts of the modern world and had the opportunity to go to school and even university, it’s easy to forget that this isn’t the case for everyone in the Country. Traveling to other part of the country, particularly those in the local areas, can be a big wake up call and put your own life in perspective. Things that you may take for granted, like having running hot water, modern appliances and the opportunity to study in the best universities and get a well-paid job at the end of it are not available to everyone, purely because of where they were born. You’ll probably come away with a new appreciation for everything you have and the opportunities that life throws your way.

3. You’ll make friends from across the country

One of the best things about NYSC is undoubtedly the friendships, unity it fosters and connections you make with people from people from everywhere. You might be surprised at just how close you can come to people within a matter of hours if you’re thrown together by circumstance in a Local government, that is home to neither of you. Volunteer placements are a great way to establish firm friendships as you work towards a common goal, not only with other Corp members, but also the local community. The interactions you’ll have will provide an incredible local insight into cultural traditions which can only be experienced in those state camps, beliefs and way of life on a communal level – something that you just can’t experience on TV or in a text book.

4. You’ll discover the world’s incredible cultural diversity

Even if you live in a multicultural society like Lagos or Abuja and there are people of all beliefs and cultures living in your city, this is only scratching the surface of what is out there. NYSC Travel is a great way to immerse yourself in the cultural diversity that exists in our world. From festivals to food which you will be served in camp, ceremonies, the mammi filled with cultural wears and carnival day, it’s mind blowing the unique ways,

5. You might learn a new language (or three)

Whether it’s just a few words (usually the curses, and greetings) or you decide to go fluent, NYSC travel is the best way to learn a new language. Once you’re immersed in a new destination, you’ll be surprised at just how fast your language skills develop with everyday interactions. Even if you can only manage

6. NYSC Travel opens your eyes.

If you’re open and willing, journey will lead you to an incredibly more well-rounded human being. And that’s really the goal, isn’t it?

7. Traveling develops skills you didn’t know you had

Sometimes it’s only far from home that you realize you you’ve got skills you’ve never used. It’s scheme that brings them to the surface and makes you smile, satisfied to have reached the mountain top, or crossed a gorge or helped a villager clean up after a storm, like I experienced passing through Jos in snow, cross the Niger Bridge and the vast landscape of the North (sahel)

8. NYSC travels bring out freedom in you and make you a better man

How will it sound that after NYSC you are still fully dependent on home for everything, you can still be monitored, this is not to be unruly or irresponsible. But NYSC travelling to a long distance will allow you to make your choices, your phone will usually be dead for some day, you have to be able to navigate your way around things. Is this not what makes you a man or woman?

9. Travel helps you move forward

You have been within the four walls of the schools for so long, you may be in a job or have kids, or relationships, around NYSC travel can be a perfect way to move from some of these life stages into your next great adventure. A big trip won’t just ease your transition into the next stage of your life, it’ll give you a chance to reflect on where you’ve been, where you’re going, and where you want to end up.

10. Travel is education

NYSC provides platform education about more of the country that’s absolutely impossible get in school. NYSC travel will teaches you more of economy, politics, history, geography, and sociology in an intense, hands-on way no class will. Fortunately, the travel will be paid for even though negligible(bicycle allowance)

11. It looks great on your resume

Taking a NYSC Year or time out to a distant place gives you a unique story and experience, it will always looks good on a resume, and employers see it as a sign of maturity and experienced that will make you a better employee. Most understand that travel improves confidence and independent thinking, and they are secretly hoping that you’ll step into your new professional role having seen some of the world and (perhaps) having kicked the travel bug a little!

12. Travel challenges you and shakes things up

During your journey you will stop, like I remember will did then and I took a bike to the atm at Kogi the man was not from my tribe and I have a little paranoia. You will choose to work on the road (and keep staring at the screen), you’ll have to find a new place to drink, and depending on your destination, finding food, or money like me then look for ATM could prove to be a sizeable challenge. Travel is full of moments of joy and challenges. Overcoming the challenges gives you some of the greatest joys of all.

Finally NYSC is a means for some maybe once a life to explore and Travel so if you are about to register or travel down to camp while not see it as dreams do come true. I remember I use to take a stroll every night, to explore every around me. When weather the people, you walk in the dark and ask for road, someone somewhere will even say "Corper",

Away from your father and people you should imagined it, daydreamed about it, envisioned it. Guess what? It can be done.

Here is another chance to register again, while not Abia if you are from Osun or Ekiti if you are from Kano.
or going to camp, while not accept your posting with good faith, don't let us influence it but rather have a great stories, the opportunity will can create for others should be in our hearts

Make you choices wisely as others are direct may feel your impact better, than just looking the state allowance, like we could all do.

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