When you move to a new country, it’s easy to stay in your expat “bubble” and remain in your comfort zone, without ever really integrating into your local neighbourhood. If your busy life means you don’t have much contact with the community, volunteering is a great way to bridge this gap and make new friends, while also learning more about the area you call home and seeing another side of life. Especially in bigger cities, there are enough projects and organizations available to suit most levels of time commitment and interests, whether it’s maintaining an area of natural beauty, helping out the disadvantaged, or donating goods for a good cause. And if you can’t find something that takes your fancy? There’s nothing stopping you from taking the initiative and starting your own project!
Rather than visiting your favourite chain stores for everything you need, consider buying from independent companies that give back to the local population or that are closely connected to local charities. There are, for example, restaurants that support a soup kitchen or give their excess food to the homeless or shops that sell items crafted by victims of domestic violence. Even a Fair-Trade produce store will ensure that your hard-earned money ends up in the pockets of those who would benefit from it most. This way, you can support a cause you care about by buying something more original than you’d find in regular shops and not even compromise on quality.
Being an expat puts you in the unusual position of understanding and experiencing life in two (or more) countries and maybe even knowing multiple languages. Wherever you’re from, you have unique knowledge that you can share with others, and this is a great way to teach people about where you’re from while at the same time feeling connected to your home country. You could advertise your services as a tutor or proofreader for your native language, hold informative workshops on your home country, or cook your favourite local dishes for friends.
Remember how nervous and overwhelmed you felt when you first arrived in your new home? No matter how well you prepared, the first few weeks of your new life abroad were still confusing. Every expat relies on the kindness of others to find their feet, whether it’s through finding out the best housing website or being taking out for dinner on your first lonely Friday night. Now it’s time for you to return the favour and help out others who are in that same position. Ask that new intern at your workplace how they’re getting on, introduce yourself to the just-arrived player on your soccer team, or even get involved in your local InterNations Community as an Ambassador or Consul and make someone else’s transition easier. Not everyone will need your help — but knowing it’s being offered by someone who’s been through it all before can make all the difference.
Thirsty Camel is a little jungle-beer garden, operated by Phnom PenhExpat it’s a private club and requires membership to join. Members can come setback and relax in little jungle garden away from those of bar girls style bar and club, Our sexy European girls will welcome you and serve your choice of a favourite drink.
Thirsty Camel Not only serve the relaxing drinks to our members we also help you with the local law firm, property search, Business ideas of your choice, Soon we hope to become an Expat meeting point.