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InterNations helps connect expats in Canada

Submitted by on June 20, 2011 – 9:00 pmNo Comment

InterNations Expat Event OttawaToday, we have a guest post from InterNations, an online social net­work for expats and immi­grants:

With a grow­ing econ­omy and an annual intake of over 200,000 immi­grants, Canada wel­comes expa­tri­ates.

However, due to the country’s size and diver­sity, it can be chal­leng­ing for new­com­ers to decide where to move. And as with relo­cat­ing to any for­eign coun­try, it can be dif­fi­cult to con­nect with peo­ple who’ve gone through a sim­i­lar adjust­ment to new sur­round­ings and a new culture.

That’s where the online social net­work InterNations can help.

InterNations’ goal is to assist expats in find­ing other like-​​minded peo­ple, prefer­ably also expats, in their new “home away from home.” With over 277,000 active mem­bers in more than 250 Communities across the globe, InterNations offers forums for expats to exchange infor­ma­tion and orga­nizes Events so that expats can make per­sonal con­nec­tions as well.

In this increas­ingly dig­i­tal world, many mem­bers find these Events espe­cially valu­able. By meet­ing up with other expats, you can share funny anec­dotes, sort out lan­guage mishaps, find out which super­mar­kets offer fresher pro­duce, and most impor­tantly have some­one to lean on when you feel lonely and miss home.

InterNations Expat Event MontrealSince 2008, InterNations has hosted events rang­ing from bar evenings and brunches, to con­certs, snow-​​tubing, and every­thing in between. InterNations appoints at least one Ambassador in each Community who orga­nizes these Events, invites all the Community mem­bers, and makes sure that mem­bers feel com­fort­able and have fun.

The monthly events are such a great idea!” says one delighted mem­ber. “Not only do I look for­ward to check­ing out another new loca­tion in Toronto, but I meet a new inter­est­ing per­son every time I go to an event!” With 2,046 mem­bers in the Toronto Community, new faces show up regularly.

The InterNations Canada Community now includes groups in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary, with 4,899 mem­bers nation­wide. And this num­ber con­tin­ues to grow!

InterNations takes its mem­bers’ pri­vacy very seri­ously, and mem­ber­ship is granted by invi­ta­tion only. As InterNations caters mainly to expats in pro­fes­sional fields, many mem­bers not only make friends, but work out busi­ness part­ner­ships as well.

InterNations mem­bers can also sign up as Local Scouts for their area to share their spe­cial knowl­edge of the city or of a hobby, such as his­tory, hik­ing, bik­ing, muse­ums, cui­sine, or nightlife. If you have just arrived in Montréal, for exam­ple, and would like to find good Indian restau­rants, you can see if a Local Scout for Montréal can help. Or, if you enjoy bik­ing and would like to get to know other expats who share your pas­sion, you may become a Local Scout for bik­ing in your city. Just one more way that InterNations can help you adjust to your new Canadian community!

To apply for a free InterNations mem­ber­ship or to learn more, visit InterNations​.org.

InterNations Expat Event MontrealInterNations is host­ing a social event in Toronto this Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8 p.m. at the Royal Ontario Museum. Go to InterNations​.org for more details.

 

Photos cour­tesy of InterNations.

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