Moving abroad is is a big transition. Often, it can be exciting, and bring about anxiety at the same time. Making friends while finding a community in your new home is incredibly important. 

We’ve teamed up with Allianz Care to bring you some ways to make friends abroad you’ll want to try.

Talk to friends

It may be best to try this before you move abroad. While you’re telling family and friends about your plans, ask if they know anyone in your destination city.

If they do, ask to be put in touch with them. While it may or may not work out in the longer term– it can be a good way to meet a few new friends when you arrive in your new home.

Attend Events

Attending events your are excited about is a great way to meet people. Love abstract art? Jazz music? How about sam poetry? Use websites like Eventbrite to find arts, community or charity events happening in your city. The more niche the event, the more likely it is that you can speak to others on a common topic, which should help break the ice.  

Join Dating Websites

If you’re interested in meeting someone, we recommend joining dating website. Dating apps are used by so many people who are looking to connect with eachother.  Of course, there’s no guarantee that you’ll meet your next love, but you could make some good friends along the way.

Volunteer in Your Local Community

We can meet extraordinary people through volunteer communities. Consider helping others by volunteering for a cause that means something to you. Volunteering is a great way to meet people from the local community. 

Get Involved In A Religious Community

Last but by no means least, if you practice a religion, joining a local church, synagogue, mosque or temple may be a great way to meet local people of the same faith as well as making friends. It’s all about community.

Many religious communities have social events linked to practice including shared meals or celebrating events together.

Making friends abroad is one way of taking care of your mental health while you are abroad. Building a local support network should help to make living abroad an extraordinary experience both in terms of your career and personal life.

Don’t neglect your physical health when you make a move overseas, protect yourself and get the best treatment possible in the event of an accident with comprehensive international expat health insurance from Allianz Care.  

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