Making new friends as an expat can be more difficult than it seems- especially if you don’t yet fluently speak the language of your host country. Luckily, there are many great ways that you can ease the pain of adjusting to a new location and develop a list of new friend to make your host country feel like home. Check out these 5 tips for finding friends as an expat to get started.
Make Yourself Available
Before you even start the pursuit of finding new friends it’s important to realize that you might have to make a few extra concessions when it comes to building a new friendship. For example, although you might be tired at the end of the day, if someone you would like to develop a friendship with asks you out to dinner- grab a coffee and head to dinner. While making these sacrifices shouldn’t become a habit over the lifetime of your friendship, in the beginning it’s important to be flexible and take any chance possible to engage. Consider this- would you keep asking an individual to meet up if they keep turning you down?
Use your Resources
Check out local clubs and interest groups that you can join, this will not only allow you to do something you enjoy, but it will expose you to a number of individuals who share the same interests as you. If you can’t find a local interest group- start one! Just make sure to advertise it well and meet in a safe, public location.
Turning to sites like meetup.com are also a great idea. Meetup.com has meet ups in a number of countries around the world and groups to match almost all lifestyles. Whether you enjoy fine dining, hiking, visiting museums or a more specific hobby- more than likely Meetup.com will have at least one group that interests you.
Join a Gym
Often gyms will have “workout buddy” programs that will partner you with someone who is at the same fitness level. This is a good chance to meet a new friend and stay committed to your workouts!
Seize the Moment
Consider each moment you are out exploring your new home as an opportunity to meet a new friend. Whether out shopping, sitting at a coffee shop or walking your dog- if you see an opportunity to meet someone new don’t let it pass you by.
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