Making friends in a brand new city/country takes a significant amount of effort, which for some reason seems to get harder with age. Are we more set in our ways? Do we get more reserved with each sun spot we earn? Or is it just simply that we make less of an effort and branch out less, already comfortable and complacent with our social circles? One of the great things about being in a new environment is that it provides an opportunity to go out there and meet new people.
Getting plugged into a community(ies) is important for me, especially since I’m not currently working. A job, in most cases, naturally facilitates the “friend-making” process but without one, is just a bit tougher. I’ve joined a few expat groups here in hopes of meeting fun new people and finding the opportunity to explore more of Zurich. It’s a cool platform to meet others whose jobs, passions, spouses, etc have brought them to this part of the world.
Few Notable Expat Groups in Zurich
InterNations is an international community for people who live/work abroad. The network is expansive and located in about 300 local communities globally.
American Women’s Club
American Women’s Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for friendship and personal development. The AWCZ is a founding member of FAWCO, the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, an international network of 12,000 members in 64 clubs spanning 33 countries. This not-for-profit, UN-accredited organization promotes the interests of American citizens living abroad.
Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups and makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one. These groups are great because you can find or start one based on almost any hobby or interest…and it’s free. Currently, there are Meetup groups in 176 countries.
PWN Global (The Professional Women’s Network) is a global federation located in more than 24 cities with the objective of providing women with the tools, networks and support resources they need to assume leadership positions.