AEE 1257: Where to Turn When You’re a Newbie in a New Country

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Did you just arrive in a new country and do you feel stuck?

Are you struggling with how to build a new community for yourself in this new country?

If you have moved somewhere new, you need to find ways to make connections and build a new community for yourself.

We’re going to show you how to make these connections, and how you can feel a bit more settled in your new home.

We’ll show you some helpful ways of meeting others and doing things that you enjoy along the way.

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Moving Somewhere New Can Be Tough At Times

Moving to a new place can be very difficult at times.

You have to feel like you’re not moving around anymore to make good connections.

You need to feel settled to make connections and to make it feel like home.

We as humans need connections to thrive and to build our best lives.

It’s so important to establish and build connections and community, and that can be hard at first in a new place.

When you find yourself in a new place, particularly when you don’t speak the native language, it can be very difficult.

You want to take on the best steps to help you to feel settled in your new home, and meet people along the way–we’re going to show you how to do all of that.

How Do You Make Important Connections?

What can you do when you are in a new place and you want to build a community?

Even if you want to feel more connected wherever you are in the world, you need ideas.

We want to give you an actionable plan to help you in building that community.

Many people struggle with what steps you can take with reaching your goals when you find yourself in a new country or home.

There are so many different circumstances which you may find yourself in, and you want to make the most out of them.

If you don’t even speak the native language well, it can be very difficult to get out there and make connections.

If you have kids it may be easier to meet other people, but even that can be challenging.

No matter what your life situation is, there are steps and plans to help you in developing that community.

This will help you to feel more self confident and help you to stop struggling so that you can finally feel settled.

The Best Steps To Build Your New Community

There are certain steps which can help you to build that community that you want.

These steps will help you to make important connections, and really work to make this new place a home.

In the US there are so many resources and services available, and so these steps and tools will really help you in building the community that you’re looking for.

  1. Explore classes and education: If you go to a community college you will find so many services and classes for whatever you may need. It may be basic English classes for a loved on, or a class on writing a resume, or even classes to finish your GED. A community college is affordable and comprehensive in its offerings, and it’s usually nearby for you to use as a resource. They will likely have vocational trade classes, or they may have classes for an occupation that you may have had in your home country. These classes are a great way to easily brush up on your skills, but also an excellent way to meet new people.
  2. Explore local community centers: These are centers that are literally for everyone. They offer affordable classes on so many different things. It’s a public facility so it’s accessible to everyone, no matter who you are in society. You can find something to help you in what you are looking for. You can also have the opportunity to meet people when you visit the local community center. The options are limitless if you go in and check out what they have to offer. These are especially helpful for families as they have childcare centers and camps, as well as introductory skills to so many different things.
  3. Check out local organizations: These can be great for checking into jobs where you live. There are also language classes and so many different areas to learn. Ask at community centers and community colleges to find out what sorts of organizations may be available to you. This is a great way to stay in tune with some of your interests, and you will find some excellent people to connect with. This can lead to friendships and even professional connections to help you in your job or field.
  4. Check into adult recreational sports leagues: There are so many sports leagues to choose from. You can likely find anything from dodge ball to disc golf, and everything in between. These are usually just for fun, and they give you the opportunity to meet new people. You can have fun, make new important connections, and do something that you enjoy to help you feel settled in your new home.
  5. Explore volunteer opportunities: This is especially true if you are a parent and you can do something to help with the kids school. You may even find a team to coach, or some unique volunteer opportunity. Volunteering at your kids school or activities is a great starting point if you are a parent. There are also local volunteer opportunities to check into even if you don’t have kids. This is a great way to give back, feel good, and also make some great connections.
  6. Look into a local church: If you practice any sort of spirituality, then there are likely to be centers to worship. Not only does this allow you to worship and practice your religion, but it also helps you to meet new people. This is often a loving community that welcomes new people and helps you to make great connections. This is a great place to go to get yourself out, practice your religion, and also meet people who share similar interests or beliefs.

These can all be excellent resources and ways of working towards that community in your new home.

You Have To Put Yourself Out There

If you’re feeling stuck in this new place, then it’s a matter of getting out of your own head.

You have to get yourself out there and make yourself try something new.

You can forget about whatever is causing you stress, and get out there to learn something new or just have fun.

Meetup.com is a great resource to find new organizations and groups that you might be interested in on a local level.

Choose just one thing and explore that as a way of meeting new people, and then it makes it approachable for you.

This is a great way to work at making connections, building community, and doing something that brings you joy in your new home.

Takeaway

Being in a new place can be a bit intimidating at first, particularly if you don’t speak the native language.

You have to search out opportunities that help you to get out there and meet new people.

This helps you to build a community for yourself, and to start feeling more settled in your new home.

Though this isn’t always easy, it will be worth it in the end and it will help you to make important connections that you need in your new life.

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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