Let’s be honest: “coding bootcamps” didn’t earn their name for being a walk in the park. Combine long days in the classroom with your normal life routine, and it may be difficult to dedicate the time you need to focus on learning.
For this reason, many students attend bootcamps away from home. Some vie for name brand code schools in the big cities, while some want a smaller school or more personal experience. Now with coding bootcamps located around the world, students can step completely outside their routine, and learn to code while traveling the world.
Sounds crazy to some. But when we started CodingNomads, we thought learning abroad would add excitement, focus, and even relaxation to an otherwise intense experience. Our students have since confirmed our hypothesis, and we’ve gathered some of their feedback below on the benefits of attending an international code school.
If you’re considering an immersive onsite learning experience, and you’re up for a little adventure, here are a few reasons why students excel while learning to code abroad.
Thomas traveled from Holland to attend a coding bootcamp in Mexico. When reviewing his experience, he said that studying remotely gives you the opportunity to switch off from your old routine and focus fully on learning.
Imagine clearing your schedule for the next couple of months. Nothing planned, except to learn to code. Phone calls and visits from family and friends are very limited given the long distance. Your social circle is now your cohort, and they have also cleared their schedules for the same reason. On the weekends, yes, there is plenty to explore. But during the week, and during your downtime, you’ve got all the time you to need to really focus. And that’s what students tend to do.
International coding bootcamps give you the chance to completely immerse yourself in coding for a deeper, integrated learning experience. When removed from your daily routines and placed in a situation with a group of people who share your objective, together you’ll remain more focused on your collective goal of learning to code.
Dani traveled from Bulgaria to attend a coding bootcamp in Thailand and said, “I was concerned that the environment might make it harder to study and concentrate, but it was actually the other way around, as the calm, sunny and beautiful atmosphere filled us with energy and helped us to work with motivation throughout the whole day.”
No matter which school you choose, you should expect to put in some long hours. But spending 10 hours staring at a screen doesn’t always mean you were productive.
International code schools give ample opportunities to take breaks, clear your mind, and find your focus. Choosing a location with surroundings that help you relax can go a long way, whether it’s getting out into the sun, taking a quick swim in the pool or ocean, or even just walking around the block to enjoy the unique scenery. Attending a school where you can take meaningful breaks will make you more productive when you sit back down to work.
Furthermore, when your social life consists of your cohort and teachers, you’ll find yourself chatting about class material during downtime too. Weekend excursions foster interpersonal relationships with your teachers and classmates so that you work better together when you’re in class. Talking code over tacos or while relaxing on the beach removes pressure from the intense experience, allowing your brain to relax and absorb more information overall.
Jialor traveled from the USA to attend a coding bootcamp in Mexico. He commented that “living in Mexico for this specific bootcamp reduced the cost of expenses even further.”
Attending a coding bootcamp is a big investment of time and money, therefore the overall cost plays an important factor when deciding which school to attend.
Beyond tuition, you must factor in your living expenses during the course, and while looking for work after the course. Many international schools offer more affordable tuition than US schools, and also lower costs by hosting in affordable locations. Websites like Expatistan provide helpful information on the cost of living in various cities around the world.
Ivan traveled from Mexico to learn to code in Bali, which he says “was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Both the teachers and my fellow campmates became my friends, and when we were not coding, we had incredible experiences enjoying all the fun that a place like Bali can offer.”
Take an overnight boat cruise to see Komodo dragons on the only islands in the world where they exist. Swim with dolphins, manta rays, and sharks. Experience an island-wide day of silence and meditation. Dance in the cemeteries during Dia de Los Muertos. Try new foods that you didn’t even know existed. Learning to code while traveling allows you to take a break from life to focus on coding, and have a lot of fun while doing it. You’ll come back not only with a new set of valuable skills but also with new friendships, memories and travel experiences that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.
Sounds cheesy, but it’s true. Learning to code can change the course of your life for the better. Any avid traveler will argue that international travel can do the same. You’re already making a big decision to change your life by learning to code. You are in the driver’s seat of your life. Why not live it to the fullest?
Trevor traveled from Denmark to attend a bootcamp in Bali. He mentioned that in addition to the productive learning experience, “you also got a glimpse of the remote working lifestyle that other professionals were living.”
While learning to code abroad you will meet people from all over the world who are working on fascinating projects in every sector. It’s an eye-opening experience. One that has the power to encourage you to bring all your knowledge and skills to projects that truly inspire you.
Whether or not you hope to become a digital nomad after the course, international code schools expose students to new and interesting people, cultures, and experiences that encourage you to dream big and live your best life.
By looking into code schools, you’re ultimately pursuing opportunities for personal growth. In our experience, travel is one of the best catalysts for personal growth. We see combining the two as a highly complementary experience. Just like a bootcamp, travel will challenge you to learn, self-reflect, and emerge better than when you started. You learn to be adaptable when you’re out of your comfort zone. You learn to bond with people you just met. You learn to communicate in difficult situations - when you’re lost, need help, or need to get the job done. You learn to roll with the punches when you’re faced with a challenge. You learn to “figure it out” when you’re put to the task.
Combining a coding bootcamp with international travel imparts both hard and soft skills that will positively impact both your career and your life.
Ready for change? Ready for growth? Ready for a challenge? Looking for inspiration? Consider learning to code abroad.
This content was sponsored by Coding Nomads.