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On Having a Social Life Abroad

May be you are a foreigner in the country that you are presently are at or may be one day you will find yourself relocating to a foreign country -how will your social life be like in your adoptive country? Will you seek out other expatriates or try to make new friends from your new country? This
is where blog, Kenya will be musing on this last week of October 2020.

Sooner rather than later, you may have to travel to a foreign country for school, business, work, leisure or romance. Especially for the first three reasons, one may find themselves feeling lonely in a foreign country
having left their friends and family in their country of origin.

The following are some tips that will enable one to have a social life when abroad:

  1. Be warm, kind, listening, pleasant to the local people around you.
  2. Respect the differences in culture from that of your country, learn about the country’s culture,
    history and its people.
  3. Try and learn their language and pronunciation of words and perhaps even accent so as to
    integrate with the local people.
  4. Find an activity, sport or faith that will make you part of a social group.
  5. Try local cuisines.
  6. Attend local events.
  7. Be persistent and a regular in certain social places as to make new friends with regulars there.
  8. Use social media sites like facebook to connect with locals and make new friends.

Homesickness is that feeling when you long for the familiar people, places and events when in a foreign place and can make one really feel down. The fear of missing out in your country of origin is real.

To deal with homesickness remind yourself of the positives of your travel to a land far away; the experiences, the networks, perhaps a reason to create a new home. Stay in touch with family and friends via all the communication channels available, but then again do not overdo that you miss out on the experiences of your new location.

Connect with the expatriate community from your country of origin when abroad. Take care of yourself. Indulge in your favourite hobbies and experiences. Are there more tips that you can give to someone hoping to have a social life in a foreign country or dealing with that nagging feeling of homesickness?

This brings an end to our focus area for October dabbed; “I am a citizen of the world” where we explored life abroad that is living, learning, working and loving ahead.

‘Wacha niKwambie’
October 2020 – I am a citizen of the world
Living, Loving and Working in a Foreign Country
© Kwambie Nyambane,

October 2020
Post Script:
Many countries are now experiencing the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, let us not relent in the war against the virus but keep safe with all the health guidelines as advised. That is hand washing, keeping social distance, wearing masks when in public places and avoid congregating in poorly ventilated and crowded areas.