Life as a foreigner in a foreign country

can become very lonely if you do not invest the time into learning more about the place, people and culture. There are lands to explore, history to uncover and so much to learn from the locals. If you are planning to move away from your hometown to a foreign place, then here are some tips to help you find a sense of security and community.

  • Maintain an open mind and find peace with yourself.
  • This foreign place does not belong to you and since you area foreigner in a foreign place, consider learning their foreign language, the basic etiquette for dining, the work place and daily social interaction of that country (like reading about their customs and culture).
  • You are a foreigner to natives so avoid giving opinions on religion, race and people. Instead, read about the contemporary issues of the coutnry just to be aware and informed.
  • There are security guards, store clerks, waiters or chefs that you will see everyday. Make sure to acknowledge them with a smile and connect with them because they are the ones that never forget you, and will not hesitate to help you.
  • Try the different cuisines of that country. There will be an assortment of dishes that, some famous, some appealing and some a little odd – but learn to cook and appreciate the cuisine.
  • Follow the national sport of that country because it will be easier for you to connect with people at work, university or in daily life.
  • Mark your calendar with the national calendar’s special occasions and local celebrations. Be sure to dress appropriately when attending.
  • Seek ‘help groups’ and join them for their cause.
  • Make friends!
  • The world is a small place so try connecting with people from your own country or community in the foreign country.
  • Engage yourself in hobbies like the gym, fine arts or crafts, sports, etc.
  • Keep a daily journal to share your experiences living in a new place.
  • Follow your religious customs and regular practises that are part of your national culture. Change is appealing, but do not give up on some habits like dressings as per occasions and cooking for certain fesitvals because maintaining these traditions will make you feel at home.
  • Keep in touch with people you love by writing letters to loved ones, teachers, friends and who mean the most to you.

I hope these tips help any foreigner feeling homesick and looking forward to connect to others in their new home. All the best of luck to you.