Our second episode in the Future is Freelance contains inarguably one of our strongest testimonies of what people are capable of when they have the freedom to pursue what they're most passionate about. And as we learn in this episode — our passions often evolve to meet the current moment.
Meet Orest Zub, a Ukrainian-born and bred traveler, blogger and online entrepreneur. For more than a decade, Orest has been traveling to over 129 countries as a digital nomad while supporting himself through various online entrepreneurial efforts. But on February 24th of this year, his life changed like so many of his compatriots. While the conflict with Russia had been ongoing since 2014, the full force of the Russian army invaded regions of Ukraine that were considered safe and peaceful only a day prior. All around the world, social media feeds were suddenly filled with images of rockets destroying apartments, terrified children and elderly grandparents fleeing their homes on foot. From his home city of Lviv, Orest knew he needed to do something to help.
Since February, Orest has dedicated his efforts full-time to documenting the conflict on the ground as a citizen journalist, speaking out against the war, and working to get aid to those who need it most. On this episode, he sits down with our host, Maya, to discuss the war, his efforts, the important role of citizen journalists, his life as a freelancer, and how products like Xolo Leap have made it possible for Ukrainian entrepreneurs and freelancers to access the EU market that the current geopolitical situation has so far kept firmly out of reach.
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