Your reasons for relocation may vary. It could be because of a new job, studies, a spouse or simply seeking a lifestyle with new opportunities and adventure. Although our reasons could be different, one thing we all have in common is a need to feel a sense of connection with others. Adjusting to life in a new place can feel challenging and lonely at times. What elevates a country to become a special place in our hearts is often the unique personal connections and the experiences that we share with the people there. Here are 5 tips on how to make new friends when you transition into life in Canada:
Couchsurfing is a website that connects locals with travellers. It’s an incredible way to experience a country with locals and find unique and lasting connections. With this platform, you can either arrange to be hosted or simply meet up with locals, travellers and expats alike.
Meet Up is an online platform that lists a wide variety of meetup groups for people who share similar interests. You can find social activities ranging from painting, sport, learning a foreign language, meditation meetups, movie clubs, foodie clubs and mastermind groups. A meetup that appeals to you can be found by just about anyone.
3. Facebook Groups
Different Facebook groups can help you source advice, information and to contact new people in your area. You can start, for example, by targeting different expat groups. In most cases, you will find out that you’re not alone and that there are many others in the same boat, undergoing the same process as you.
Enjoying a delicious meal with friends, neighbours and co-workers is a great way to form deeper connections. It’s even more fun when you’re able to discover and enjoy different cuisines from all around the world together. Eat With is a platform similar to Airbnb but instead of accommodation, it is aimed at sharing culinary experiences. Canada with its mix of nationalities provides a wide pallet of cuisines to share and experience.
Workaway is a wonderful platform to find volunteering activities that you can participate in. These are usually with local families, organizations or small businesses that offer an exchange of your time for food and accommodation. You will have a great opportunity to interact with locals and other volunteers. It’s a great way to also learn new skills and in some cases even get paid.
If you’re new to Canada or plan on immigrating to Canada then be sure to discover more tips here on how to make your transition easier, cheaper and more convenient.