Have you ever dreamt of taking advantage of a remote work policy to explore new horizons and immerse yourself in a different culture? For me, that dream became a reality when I had the opportunity to work abroad in the charming city of Naples, Italy.
Naples became my temporary home for seven weeks. The work itself remained consistent, but it was the change in environment that made this experience truly exceptional.
Getting Involved with International Napoli Network
My decision to choose Naples was driven by my desire to join the International Napoli Network, an organization dedicated to coordinating different associations and placing volunteers based on their interests and skills. This led to a series of remarkable experiences during my time abroad.
On Mondays and Thursdays, I had the privilege of coaching children aged 8 to 12 in artistic gymnastics. Tuesdays and Wednesdays were dedicated to an after-school program at a local school, where I organized crafts activities for younger children and shared my knowledge of photography. The other project was working with other volunteers to create a soccer club for migrants. It was a very enriching experience – feel free to follow the page: SC Ponti Rossi 🙂
Highlights of Working from Naples
The weekends were my time to explore the beauty of Naples and Italy as a whole. Exploring the islands, nearby villages, Rome – it was a fantastic experience full of discoveries! And, in my quest to fully embrace Italian culture, I even started taking Italian lessons – though I must admit, there’s still much work to be done!
Reflecting on my time in Naples, I can confidently say that it was an enriching and unforgettable experience. The food, in particular, was a highlight, with pizzas and pasta dishes gracing every corner of the city. Naples itself is a lively place, but it was the opportunity to venture beyond its borders that made this adventure truly special. I managed to visit the islands (Procida, Ischia), the Amalfi Coast, Pompei, the countryside, and finish with a stay in the magnificent city of Rome.
Recommendations for Your Naples Adventure
For those considering a similar journey, I have a few recommendations to make your experience even more extraordinary:
- The Amalfi Coast: This picturesque destination is a must-visit. In October, it’s less crowded, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in its beauty.
- Procida: This lesser-known island is the epitome of authenticity, a place where mass tourism has yet to make its mark. It’s a gem waiting to be discovered in just a day.
- Napolitan Pizza: When in Naples, pizza is a must-try. Visit Imperiatore 1906 for the best pizza in town.
- Trattoria de Nennella: Experience a delightful and super fun atmosphere where the servers sing and set the mood for a great time.
- Palazzio Veneza: If you’re looking for a peaceful garden to enjoy a drink, this place is a hidden oasis.
- Antica Pizza Fritta: The perfect place to taste fried pizzas on the street.
Would I Do It Again?
The question that often follows such an adventure is whether I would do it again. My answer is a yes.
I would love to go abroad for a few weeks again – it’s an incredible opportunity!
Working remotely from a different country offers a unique blend of professional growth and cultural immersion. Naples, with its vibrant atmosphere, delectable cuisine, and nearby attractions, proved to be an unforgettable destination!
As for my next destination, I’m still not sure where I would go yet, but why not Asia next time? 🙂