Integrating into Your New Home as an Expat
It is not enough to learn the language and visit a country where you will be living. There are other things you can do to integrate your life abroad. It will take some time, but you can ensure that you fit in with the people around you and avoid making critical mistakes.
Build a Social Life
One of the things that make humans, well human, is our curiosity. We love to know about one another. When you first move to a new country, you will find people are curious to know your story. They will ask questions, what you did before, why you moved, what life was like in the US. But, there will also be a shadow. There will always be the misrepresentation of the media, pop culture, and other travelers that cast a shadow on who you are and what living abroad means to you. Some people will not be happy that you may have taken a job that local person could have filled. To get around these issues, you need to build a social life.
Show everyone around you that you are willing to learn about the culture, traditions, and fit in as if you are a local. When you do this, as an expat, you do so without seeming rude or bringing your western culture with you. Too many people have tried to come in, oppress others, and acted as if they are to the right. You can respect other cultures, without overstepping.
By being social with everyone, you can help show that you are genuine about learning about their culture and acting appropriately.
It also provides you with a way to communicate with others outside of work and daily living.
Apps are a great way to get your social life started. You can find other expats living abroad and have group gatherings to remember home. You also have the opportunity to make new friends and groups with people who share the same interests.
It all begins with being earnest and arriving with an open mind. If you fail to set up a social life, you will start to feel alone, and it may take you longer to start feeling as if you belong. In fact, many US expats fail in their new position and life because they do not try to assimilate using a social life. It is a great way to meet people from all over, particularly, if you start a group or join groups of expats and citizens.