Years ago, it is very common for parents to send their children overseas to be trained as a nurse immediately after they finished their secondary schooling. The students themselves applied to hospitals in countries such as the United Kingdom and once accepted, their parents will make arrangement to send their children over, trusting their children into the hands of those who will be meeting them at the airport and then taking them to the hospitals to start their training.
The main reason was because they earned in foreign currency which is very much higher than their own and they could send money back to help support their siblings or give their families better quality lifestyle. These days, we hardly hear of young people going overseas to take up nursing jobs. These days, we hear of people sending their children overseas for further studies. These parents have already started to plan and save up money with the intention of sending their children overseas when their kids were at a very young age.
I have a friend who confided in me that when they were preparing to send their daughter overseas for further studies, she was very anxious over her daughter’s safety and future. She was struggling within herself but she had no choice because her daughter was very persistence in going overseas. That was many years ago and at that time, there was no such thing as internet and communication had to rely on the normal mailing system.
We are now more fortunate because we have the availability of internet to enable us to communicate conveniently and easily at any time of the day or night. There is no need to wait for weeks for the mail to reach us. These days, we can easily make video calls to see for ourselves how our children are getting on and we can rest assured when we see them fine and healthy.
With the help of advanced technology, even before sending their children overseas, parents are well equipped with all kinds of information. Those with long vision seek to learn more about international shipping, the whole process starting from pre-delivery up to the time of arrival of the shipped items. For those who can afford, they could have even bought their own house or apartment way ahead of time. They have been making frequent trip to and fro to scout out the environment before sending their children overseas.
At present times, students exchange programme is very common. We have our children going abroad to another country to study, while parents from other countries send their children over to our country to study. The reasons why this is happening is because parents hope for better opportunity and better future for their children. Many parents sacrificed and saved to give their children better education. To them, their hope lies in their children’s future. When the children do well in career and life, they also get to reap the harvest from what they have invested into their children.