How Syrian became an Expat in Malaysia

When I go back to Syria, I think that I am in a different world, entirely different.

Promoting Sustainable Development Goals by UN in Syria.

Actually, I never thought of traveling overseas when I was a schoolboy. However, every Syrian man knows that at one point he has two choices once he finishes his studies: he either travels for five years or serves two years in military services. When the war started back in 2011 the second choice became dangerous if not definitely deadly. The men who are capable of traveling including me chose to travel.
After completing my masters, I had to travel somewhere. I came to Malaysia. I thought it is the best country to live as a Syrian because you can stay here for 3 months without even applying for a visa. I used this time to figure out what I am going to do. I found my job after 2 months. 
I faced many difficulties and challenges: language barrier, navigation and lack of experience. I did not have professional experience back in Syria. The only experience I had is when I was working for NGO that my brother and I opened. We were trying to promote local products by creating projects that would help Syrian companies market themselves better through new media channels and trends. We worked with startups closely. We reached a point where we were about 50 volunteers working together.

On a Malay wedding in Kuala Lumpur.

Being in a different country, I do not try to force my culture over people around me. I am trying to do the same things that are common here. I like being introduced to different cultures beliefs and point of views. It is amazing how different two people can be. One of the interesting things here in Malaysia is that even though we follow the same religion we differ in somehow in a way we believe, and in how we put different weights on different rules, which is very interesting to see.
When I go back to Syria, I think that I am in a different world, entirely different.

 

Ahmad Azmeh, Syria.

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