It had been over three months since I worked from a Polycom office, the last time was in London in August. Polycom’s Mexico office happened to be a 10 minute commute from my apartment which made going into the office convenient and affordable. I worked from the office at least once a week, a rather nice break from coffee shops and co-working spaces.
Polycom’s Work Culture.
Despite the fun I’ve had on my journey to date, I was a bit disappointed to not attend the Virginia Office’s annual holiday party. However, I was fortunate enough to have been invited to Mexico’s holiday party. I was excited and nervous because I only knew a few colleagues in the office. In the end, I was introduced to everyone and felt at home. We went around the table saying what we were thankful for, and I was very proud of myself for being able to articulate my thoughts to everyone in Spanish. Seeing how much everyone cares and support each other was amazing and I was overwhelmed and thankful with how they greeted me with open arms.
Words cannot full describe how touched I was by all the love I received from the Mexico office. Not only did I feel at home, but part of their family. They always tried their best to include me in their office activity and luncheons. Being a digital nomad is a great experience but being part of an office is a completely different – and rewarding experience. The Mexico team is relatively small but with a lot of heart and passion. I want to thank Cristina Corona, Jesus Sanchez and Luis Torres for showing me the office and Mexico City.
Volunteering During the Holidays.
This holiday was the first I’d spent away from my family and felt it would be best to give back to the community. I was able to volunteer at Fundación Parlas, I.A.P. on Christmas Eve, the charity helps mentally disable individuals from various ages. Then on Christmas day I volunteered at Fundación Renacimiento an orphanage for kids. Both events we brought gifts, snacks, piñatas and game to make it interactive and fun. Giving back to the community is something I strive to do in each of the cities, I live in during my Remote Year experience.
After almost seven months of being away from home, I finally returned to Virginia to visit my loved ones. Being away from my family and friends is tough but seeing everyone was what I needed in order to complete the rest of my journey. Follow me on my next leg as I head to Bogota, Colombia.