Making friends is part of the job description when you move abroad. As a new arrival in Asturias your social network is probably quite limited, but there are lots of opportunities to meet new people. With a bit of effort, persistence, and luck, you’ll be well on your way to creating a social circle in your new home. Here you will find some tips:
1 – FACEBOOK GROUPS
‘Expats in Asturias‘ and ‘Expats Asturias‘ are active Facebook groups for expats in Asturias who want to meet new people. Sometimes people organise get-togethers and days out. If you are going to be a teacher in Asturias, you also might be interested in having a look at ‘English Teachers Gijón‘.
2 – LANGUAGE EXCHANGES
For those especially looking to progress on their Spanish-speaking skills, thankfully there is a wide selection of organized language exchanges, also known as intercambios, which take place regularly every week, usually located in open bars and pubs all sides of the city. These free-to-the-public events succeed in attracting young locals eager to practice their English, which make them great way to not only improve your Spanish but also make some new friends with a different mother tongue than your own.
3 – MEETUP.COM
Don’t feel weird doin’ it. It’s a great resource! Anywhere around the world, attend events with like minded locals who share the same interests as you. On it you can find established groups for all interests: language exchanges, yoga lessons, web developement, cooking, enterpreneurship…
4 – COUCHSURFING
Couchsurfing is currently a global community of 10 million people in more than 200,000 cities who share their life, their world and their journey. According to the site, it is “a worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit”. As you’ve probably noticed, couchsurfing isn’t just a way to find a free place to stay. You can also use it to meet people without having to sleep on anyone’s couch. When you search for a city on the site, you’ll land on a page that features events and groups alongside the couch search. From there, you can find popular events to attend, including concerts, drinks, and general Couchsurfing meetups.
5 – SIGN UP FOR CLASSES
If you’ve moved to a country where your native tongue isn’ spoken, invest in a semester of language classes or some private lessons to both improve your communication skills and meet new people who are in the same boat as you are!
6 – SPORTS CLUBS
What’s better than joining a running group, yoga class, dance workout, or even a bowling league to make friends? You’ll get close to people pretty quickly if there’s something you can attend each week. Soon enough, you’ll be meeting up for juices and movies outside of your initial group with people you’ve really connected with.
Do you have a secret to meeting people in Asturias? Did you struggle to adapt to the expat lifestyle? Are you struggling to adapt to the expat lifestyle? Let’s hear about it!