Maybe you’re considering relocating, but uncertain if the benefits will outweigh the hassle? Perhaps your partner has been offered their dream job, but you’re not sure what’s in it for you?
Learning the language may not be a top priority for you when you relocate. There is so much else to do particularly in those early weeks and months.
However, as expats Dawn and Kate discovered, not knowing the language can be a huge barrier to integration and leave us feeling isolated in our new communities.
“The language barrier here [in Montreal] makes everyday tasks more challenging. It can lead to you feeling frustrated and like you’re failing to integrate in to your local neighbourhood” Dawn, UK Expat in Montreal *
“I found it difficult not to know how things worked when we first arrived. It seemed to take such a long time to organise activities for my children, like swimming lessons and skating lessons. The information on the internet was limited, and I was too scared to use the phone in case people expected me to speak French.” Kate, UK Expat in Montreal *
It’s that time of year again when many Expat families are moving on, and alot of those will be returning home. Tied in largely to the school year which ends in many places in the world in June/July and starts again in September. A time when my inbox fills with with requests from people wanting to know how they can avoid the pitfalls of returning home, and return not only happy but well.
Are you returning home soon? Do you want to return happy and well?
In my work with expat partners, I’m often asked “How can I maintain a sense of self and make the most of my expat experience?”
In this interview, Expat Blogger, Dawn McGill shares how writing her blog has provided her not only with an outlet in which to cope with the challenges of relocating, but has also kept her connected with family and friends, and given her a sense of purpose.
Read on to find out how she got started and what blogging has taught her about expat life.
When you relocate, and have to say goodbye to your family and friends, you really hope that you will at least receive some visitors. You look forward to the chance to show them the new country you are living in, and the different life you have built for yourself.
But how does it feel for you, the Expat, after their visit? You’re the one who stays behind when your best friend, or mum and dad leave, often returning to the place that you used to call ‘home’? Maybe you feel down? Alone? Isolated? Perhaps even abandoned? The homesickness that you thought you had overcome, returns again.