You know when you wake up from a dream that's too good to be true and you think, “Nah, that could never happen...”? Well, this particular dream is true and it is happening. Get up now because Remote Year 2 is comin' thru!
The second Remote Year Battuta program kicked off yesterday and there aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe what this means for us. Not only is this a monumental step for the Remote Year team, who've been working their cute butts off moving mountains and working wonders, but also for the 75 people who have embarked on this life-changing year-long adventure with us.
Our first stop: Montevideo, Uruguay. The Remote Year Ops team arrived in Montevideo early and hit the ground running, crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s in preparation for the February 1st launch. From ironing out logistics with the coworking space, to upgrading wifi at hotels, to printing the fine details of welcome packets, there was no rest for the wicked.
Our workspace for the month is the beautiful Sinergia Cowork. Equipped with a basement kitchen, 3 working levels, and a grand outdoor terrace, Sinergia will quickly feel like home for our remotes.
The calm before the storm...
On arrival day, Dave, Heather, and Jason posted up in the Carrasco airport from sun-up to sun-down to pick up our weary travelers descending from all over the globe. Equipped with flashy signage, cold water, and huge smiles, the staff made sure to be a sight for sore eyes.
Dave sneaking in power naps between delayed flights
Welcome to Montevideo! Groups of happy remotes to be shuttled to the hotel.
Each remote received a welcome packet upon arrival, stuffed with goodies to get them started on the right foot: local SIM cards, welcome week schedules, workspace keys, basic Spanish cheat sheets, and a Battuta mate cup.
The official first day of Remote Year Battuta! Despite long travels the day before, our remotes are at Sinergia bright and early and excited to work. Mondays take on a new meaning here!
Dave and Jason kick things off with a South America introduction
All the remotes in the same room for the first time. Look at those beautiful faces!
The lovely Sinergia girls give a workspace introduction and show us how to cure mate cups and prepare mate drinks.
To wrap up a successful first day, Sinergia hosted an After Cowork mixer on the beautiful terrace, complete with cervezas, empanadas y futbolito.
All in a day's work.
As the dust starts to settle, we reflect on how lucky we are to be on this life-changing journey together. Not only do remotes challenge the status quo and redefine work/life balance, but we are paving the way for a new kind of lifestyle where happiness and success aren't defined by a corner office, a fancy title or a meaty paycheck.
Buckle up...it's gonna be one hell of a ride!