WhatsApp Imperative for Expats
WhatsApp has been around for a few years, but until you travel overseas, you may not think about what it can do for you. A lot of the time someone downloads the app while someone they know is abroad on holiday and then it becomes a non-entity. However, if you are becoming an expat, then it is something you want to have. Skype allows you to communicate, but WhatsApp can offer more.
WhatsApp can help you set up doctors appointments, learn school bus routes, and meet friends. One expat discusses what the app did. In the first week of moving to Pune, India, the person downloaded WhatsApp and found a group called “Mommies in Pune.” The group started for expats grew to include many Indian mothers, as well as citizens coming back from overseas.
The mother found the app helpful when her child got off the school bus in pain, and she did not have a pediatrician yet. She went on the app asking the group for help and was given immediate answers. It took one minute to get ten answers. There are other groups available in her local areas such as Baner Bav Balewadi Expat, Kasba Peth Teaching, Coffee and Cocktails, and Village Girls Teaching Groups. These groups help offer information and conversation.
While the groups are unique to India, you can find the same options in other countries as an expat. The app is expanding to ensure it is more of a community messaging service combined with ways to call your home country for less, and keeping in contact when you may be out of regular service.
Like Skype, you can message individually or in groups, as well as make calls. The benefit is the different groups that are trading Facebook for WhatsApp to ensure you have instant communication, internationally.
Even Facebook Messenger has its good points, but again you have to find the groups, join, and then you can only use messenger versus making phone calls. So, the next time you travel abroad or if you are an expat living abroad consider what WhatsApp might be able to help you with.
You may be surprised at how easy it is to assimilate in a country that seemed so foreign and out of reach. In fact, it is an excellent way to meet people with similar interests since groups are being formed around those interests.