Ways OFWs Can Keep In Touch With Family

Communication is key for OFWs and their families

One of the best known things about OFWs is how they place an importance on maintaining close family ties. With this in mind, it’s not hard to imagine the feelings of homesickness Pinoys experience whenever they’re far from home. Luckily, the advent to new technologies in recent years has made it easier for land-based and sea-based Filipinos to maintain communication with their loved ones at home. Below are just some of the ways they can keep in touch.


Though not as used as it once was, conventional telephone calls remain a popular means of communication between OFWs and their families. After all, no quick messages or emails can compensate for actually hearing your loved ones’ voices. Nowadays, mobile phones have replaced landlines due to the former being more accessible, mobile and convenient, and most OFWs today own one. But if you want to be able to save money while maintaining communication with your family at home, better get an optimum prepaid plan. That way, you’ll be able to track your phone expenses.


Also gone are the days of snail mails. These days, Filipinos can send emails from abroad to their loved ones at home. Cost-effective and reliable, emails offer a fast and cheap way to send letters to loved ones. The best thing about it is that you can send a letter that’s as long as you like.

Social Media

Still, a better way to stay in touch with loved ones (even better than phone calls or emails) is through social media. With the advent of new technologies that enable global communication, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Quora, Flickr, and Tumblr has enabled millions of people around the world to build and stay connected with one another. By opening an account on one of these social media sites, you’ll be able to maintain a stable communication with your family in the Philippines. In any case, most OFWs have an account in one or more social media platforms, most notably on Facebook.

Chats and Instant Messaging

And then there’s chat and instant messaging services. So far, this is the fastest way you can communicate with your loved ones. Plus, Facebook and other social media sites have already integrated these technologies to allow their users to communicate in real time. So if you have a stable internet at your home abroad, then this is the easiest way available to you to keep in touch your family in the Philippines.

Wrapping Up

Pinoy sacrifice must be rewarded amply, and the best way to do that is making sure OFWs maintain close family ties with their loved ones at home. And the means of communications listed above can ensure just that.