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Expat Groups in the United States Of America

Submitted: September 2013

The United States of America is a vast country and many expats from all over the world have made it their home. While some expats are happy to cut all ties to their country of origin, many expats want to retain a strong connection to their homeland. Expat groups can be easily located via the internet and, in some instances, via the local press.

Online expat groups and forums can prove a very useful source of information. Country specific expat groups as well as those catering for a variety of nationalities are equally available for a newcomer to the USA.  There are a number of USA forums and https://www.expatbriefing.com covers a wide variety of topics and is a valuable source of information.

A comprehensive list of a range of forums and activities open to everyone living in the USA can be found here: https://www.meetup.com. The website lists a number of locations 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. 

Expatwomen.com is a website dedicated to females who have either come to work in the USA or have accompanied their spouses and now need to build up their own circle of friends and connect with women in the same situation. The website covers many of the major cities in the USA and also provides links to French, German, British and Commonwealth, and many other nations from its webpage.

The Newcomers Club worldwide (https://www.newcomersclub.com/) is another resource for expats in the USA to help them settle into their new life. The website gives links to various groups that welcome expats from all walks of life in many of the States throughout the country.

The USA continues to attract many expats who want to live and work in the country. While some expats know from the start that their stay is limited to a specific number of months or years, others decide to make this their new permanent home. Whatever the reason, a soon-to-be expat in the USA has the opportunity to link up with compatriots prior to arrival to set up a network of like-minded individuals that can provide useful advice on the do’s and don’ts once in the country. Making contact with expats already in the USA who live close to the area in which a new expat is planning to base themselves, will enable the newcomer to gain valuable insight.

It is advisable to spend some time on the internet and checking out what is available in terms of expat services generally but also specifically in the expats new home town. The USA is such a vast country that it can leave a newcomer feeling alone and very far from home. The knowledge that some connection to one’s country of origin can be maintained via expat websites and groups of compatriots meeting up regularly can provide great comfort to the newcomer.

 

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