Moving abroad it a task, boy oh boy do I know. Once you have made the leap there are still so many questions that need answering.
- Where to find a flat?
- What language schools are best?
- What areas of the city have the most night life?
- How much do Germans ( if they do) tip?
- Why are Germans so into recycling everything?
- How and with whom to make friends?
Lucky for us we live in a time when all the answers we need are just a hop, skip and a google away. The question then however is, what are the best resources? Here are my top 5 picks for Munich’s online solutions.
InterNations is an excellent place to connect with others abroad. It is a social media site created epecially for expats. They organize events and meetups, have resources for jobs, and have groups for nearly everything.
All you need to do is sign up for basic membership( free!) state your country of origin and choose the location for the community you would like to join.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Congrats youve already found one. I find expat blogs perfect because there exists so many of them. They dont just answer basic questions but provide many different solutions to everyday problems people face living in a foriegn country, combined with great ( or not so great) opinions about it. I think its always refreshing to hear another persons point of view on the matter. Sometimes I dont agree but sometimes Im just like yas, spot on, you got it girl.
Looking for associations is another good option to get connected. There are many in Munich that help expats to network and get connected. Here are some examples:
- German-English Association
- German-British Association
- Munich Toastmasters Club
- Ladies International Association
Toytown is a good online resource for the local english speakers community. It has many different discussion boards and forums for information on everything from childcare to questions on where to find the best hairstylist. However, I must add FYI, for some topics it can be a bit outdated and the posts quite old.
ahhhh yes good ole Facebook. Last but not least we have the king of social networks. For me this has been a great resources for finding groups and information. There are many groups such as: sale , housing,Stammtisch, aupair etc… one in particular you may find helpful is the Munich International Friends group.