Finding new connections with the people and communities from your country before moving abroad pays off. Getting first-hand information and knowing a few people in advance helps you to build confidence and gives you a sense of security. In case something goes wrong, you already know who to turn to. Expats help each other, not only with advice but also with actions, e.g., bringing luggage or important documents from your home country.
After your move, it is a good idea to invest the time in getting to know your new colleagues. Maybe your compatriot is working with you, and you even come from neighbouring cities? This fact, and the absence of a language barrier, opens the door for endless discussions and sharing of similar experiences when living abroad. It is also a great joy to find soulmates among your international team of colleagues. What can be more interesting and inspiring than chit-chatting with such people over a cup of coffee and exchanging life stories about traveling, adventure, traditions, cuisine and relations?
An expat network is a great network! As a foreigner in a country, other foreigners see you as one of their own. You´re in the same boat, so why not become friends? It is a rare opportunity to get closer with people who hold a great ranking position, e.g. diplomats, top company executives and highly skilled workers and their families.