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Expat Groups in Singapore

Submitted: December 2013

Singapore appears to be a popular destination for expats. Most of them seem to like the feeling of safety and security Singaporean laws help to maintain. As is the case in most places, expats often tend to stay within the expat community.

There are a number of websites and forums available for an expat. Expat living Singapore (https://www.expatliving.sg/) offers a wealth of information about a variety of aspects of living and working in Singapore. It also offers a noticeboard, giving users the opportunity to advertise items for sale etc. Users can avail themselves of the blog to share their knowledge and experiences about living in Singapore.

British Expats (https://britishexpats.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=131) is a website that is not specifically designed for those living in Singapore, but can be a useful source for those looking for contacts within that country, or needing clarification or answers to particular questions regarding life in Singapore.

The website ‘Expat Women in Singapore’ (https://www.expatwomen.com/expat-women-countries/expat-women-living-in-singapore.php) provides on its pages a number of links to websites that could be useful for expats from all areas of the globe. The links range from organisations to schools and real estate agents.

There are expats of many different nationalities to be found in Singapore and many of these have their own expat associations. There are groups specifically for Americans, Australians, Brits, Dutch, German, Japanese and Swiss nationals, plus many more. This is not to say that individuals of one nationality have no option but to use the sites specific to their country. Many options exist to mix with expats from other countries and to meet local Singaporeans.

The American Women’s Association of Singapore (https://www.awasingapore.org/Default.aspx) is a social club for women living in Singapore and arranges regular lunches and coffee mornings as well as fund raising events for community outreach groups. The AWCS welcomes all women living in Singapore and is not restricted to those of American origin.

The Newcomers Club worldwide is another resource for expats in Singapore to help them settle into their new life. The website gives links to various groups that welcome expats from all walks of life.

A comprehensive list of a range of forums and activities open to everyone living in Singapore can be found here: https://www.meetup.com/cities/sg/singapore/. The website lists a number of activities in the country and subjects range from rock climbing, hiking, outdoor adventure, various sporting activities, and language lessons. There are also events for restaurant buffs, singles, vegetarians and people interested in home brewing. 

Some of the expat groups in Singapore are well established and a lot can be learnt from their websites.

While it is a comfort to many foreign nationals to have such a link to their country of origin or other foreigners in Singapore, one must not forget that the experience of living in any foreign country is enhanced by stepping out of one’s comfort zone and discovering culture, way of live and all other aspects of daily living while in the midst of it. The knowledge gained by finding out for one’s self the challenges living in Singapore can present for someone not familiar with the country’s customs and ways of life are just as much a part of the whole experience of coming to live in Singapore as meeting new people via an expat group. The insights gained by a newcomer who is not afraid to explore can then perhaps be shared with members of one of the expat groups already established.

 

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