Work Abroad: Things to Consider & Yes, You Should Do It

Katelyn Harris Lange
4 min readMar 11, 2020

Warm alpaca sweaters, fresh fruit smoothies, protected bike lanes, and two days of mild indigestion. These are a few of my favorite work abroad things.

Wait, strike indigestion. Funny story, but I’ll spare you.

I spent the month of February working remotely in Peru’s Miraflores district. Usually, I work out of a small office in Scottsdale, Arizona as an Executive Recruiter. Our small, but mighty B Corp supports mission-driven clients across the U.S. and 98 percent of my day to day work is accomplished through phone and video call.

Location agnostic job responsibilities plus a significant other with family in Lima led to sweet work abroad magic. My partner pitched me on the idea of an extended trip to Lima (sold!), so I floated the idea to my supervisor and she asked me to put the proposal on paper.

The plan was afoot.

A screenshot of my IG story displaying the text “Landed”
My Instagram story after landing in Lima

The next twenty-six days abroad flew by as quickly as I feared they would, but we boarded the plane home with hundreds (maybe thousands) of photos, an experience to check off our bucket list, and very few unread emails.

I’m back in Arizona with fresh-off-the-plane musings on how to prepare for your next remote work experience.

Smooth Logistics

I finalized the proposed dates (6–8 months out from when I introduced the idea to my boss), requested internet speed tests from Airbnbs, identified ample coworking spaces nearby as a backup option if the apartment wifi was slow, and switched my wireless provider to Google Fi to ensure my phone worked out of country flawlessly.

If I could plan the trip again, I’d change my arrival date from Thursday to Saturday. We took an overnight flight on a Wednesday evening and landed in Lima Thursday morning.

The makeshift desk on top of the bed in our one 1 bdrm Airbnb

Standing client commitments on Thursday afternoon didn’t leave much time for rest and the possibility of…

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Katelyn Harris Lange

Here for economic justice and community. Philanthropist and power shifter writing about work, social impact & relationships.