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DeSilva soars in the Middle East

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin
Royanne DeSilva
DeSilva in Paris, France.
DeSilva in China.

Two years ago, Royanne DeSilva had no idea where Qatar was. Today she lives there, having received an amazing opportunity to become a flight attendant.

DeSilva, who grew up in May Pen, Clarendon, said that she has had to acknowledge the fact that her job consists of more than just serving passengers, in addition to embracing various culture changes.

"I have always embraced the idea of change, so it was not difficult for me. There is so much beauty in the Middle Eastern culture - the food, the language and the traditions. However, not being able to wear shorts and a merino to the supermarket because of the dressing standards gets annoying," said the past student of the Belair and Glenmuir high schools.

"Of course, (the job entails) serving tea and coffee and occasionally cleaning of toilets, but there is so much more. As cabin crew, we have responsibility for human lives at 30,000-plus feet high. If a pregnant lady goes into labour or an elderly person has a heart attack, we have to respond. Therefore, our training is intense, especially in safety and first aid. It is pretty multifaceted," she continued.


Philanthropic endeavours


DeSilva also said that her philanthropic endeavours in Jamaica have helped her to be more grounded and to develop an interest in social expansion. She credits the Angels of Love Jamaica charity for the satisfaction that she gets in being philanthropic. It is a passion she is still determined to pursue in the future.

"I studied economics because I want a career in social development. It still is one of my dreams to work with the United Nations. That was how I originally planned to travel the world but this opportunity came up, hence I went with it. Nevertheless, studying business definitely fuelled my entrepreneurial spirit," she said.


'Likkle but tallawah'


Royanne DeSilva is proud to be a member of the Jamaican diaspora.

"For one reason or another, we have migrated in pursuit of our own versions of greatness. Nevertheless, we have this opportunity to wave the Jamaican flag in so many ways that can benefit the country, particularly through tourism," DeSilva continued.

Her encouragement to the youth is, "The world is our oyster. There are thousands of Jamaicans in the Middle East working as pilots, cabin crew, engineers, teachers, designers, entrepreneurs, beauticians, managers, and the list goes on. Simply search on the Internet for job openings and you will be surprised to see yourself packing a suitcase by the next month. Life is limitless, so get out there and show them why we are indeed 'likkle but tallawah.'"

Royanne has been documenting every step of her journey through her travel vlog