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Best Ways to Make Friends Abroad. A Beginner’s Guide!
You’ve arrived in Denmark. You’re in an entirely different country and surrounded by all new customs and unfamiliar faces. In fact, very little feels familiar and maybe you’re beginning to think you’ve made the biggest mistake of your life. Don’t worry: you haven’t. You just haven’t found a group of friends to help immerse yourself in your new life abroad. It seems scary to hit restart and make friends abroad. However a new list of friendships it’s absolutely essential in order to find happiness while living and doing internships abroad.
First thing’s first: to meet people, you’ve gotta say “hi”! An open smile – the kind you can see in someone’s eyes as well as on their mouth – is an easy way to generate trust when meeting people. Think about it: when have you ever responded negatively to a genuine smile? So go ahead, flash that great smile of yours and say “Hi, I’m _______, how are you?”
Take Advantage of Social Media to Find International Friends
Facebooks groups are a great way to meet new people in the same boat as you. Most of them are posting events going on in the city, giving or asking for advice, striking up random conversations, or looking for new people to go out and see the city with, organise regular events hosted in small cafes and bars, creating a really friendly environment, where you’ll meet locals and other foreigners all eager to speak to you to practice their English, it’s a win win!
Go Out and Do Things You Enjoy to Discover Genuine Friends
What interests you? Theatre, art, music, cycling? You’ll likely meet others in your situation if you go out and do these things alone.
It may be that you go to a museum and you find yourself in a conversation with someone about the transition of Picasso’s art throughout the years and, what do you know, you’ve made a new friend abroad with similar interests as you, just like that!
Say ‘Yes!’ to Every Plan and Meet New People
You have nothing going on and someone invites you out to do something, so instead of staying in and watching Netflix, just say ‘yes!’
Remember Who You are
Most importantly, remember who you are. Don’t change your values in order to make friends overseas. Stay genuine to who you are: the rest will fall into place. This is not to say that you shouldn’t try new things -because you absolutely should. Just don’t become someone you don’t wish to be for the sake of friendships.
Remember to stay in touch
Internship abroad is an intense period of growth and change that introduces you to people who will stay with you for the rest of your life. So don’t forget to cultivate these friendships after returning home. It’s never been easier to do this. No more weeks and months waiting for letters – now there’s email, Skype, WhatsApp groups, and a dozen other platforms to use to keep in contact with your new friends. Believe us: 10, 15, even 20 years down the track, you’ll be so happy you did!
So, don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to make new friends! Just remember to get yourself out there and don’t be afraid to talk to people, whatever language it may be in!
If all else fails…. Get a dog!
If you love animals and can commit to owning a dog, they’re the perfect way to meet new people and keep fit at the same time!
You’ll surely meet other dog owners and if it’s cute attract a lot of attention 😊
So there you go! Hopefully there are a couple of gems in here that will help cure your inevitable post-move loneliness and make some friends.
Just make sure to make an effort to learn the language as that is the best way to break the ice with the locals.
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