Finding a repeatable and yet easy way to connect is the key to a successful relocation.
Because it’s the connections
that make relocation work.
WHO ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH?
If you are an Texas Aggie in London (London A&M Club) or a Manchester United Fan now in Miami (Miami Manchester United Fan Club), chances are those strong affiliations will be easy to find. Why? Because some organizationS establish themselves wherever their members wander to.
Traditionally, these “affiliations” are established through what you have done and participated in before and sometimes the ones you LOVE.
LET’S START OPENING THOSE DOORS
List it out:
- What you like to do
- Groups you belong to
- Group or charity you think you would like
- Teams you LOVE
And then there are the ones you may not think of….
WHO YOU ARE
AND WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
As simple as birth. Strong affiliations and groups exist just for being born to a certain culture, like being Jewish. Other birth related groups are bloodline but not culture specific, like Daughters of the American Revolution or the Magna Carta.
Others are established through choice. Are you an Eagle Scout, Silver Award Girl Scout or did you attend a University where their alumni wear their rings for life?
These types of alumni seek each other out. It is a club that comes from a shared experience. It’s as if they have a secret language between them.
NO AFFILIATIONS, NO PROBLEM
Do not despair. There are plenty opportunities to choose from.
Starting with some of the national and international organization will be an excellent place to start, especially if there is a chance of another relocation.
A mother of pre-schoolers? MOPS is one of the national US groups that gives immediate access to other mothers in this stage of life. With childcare provided, this give the moms time to get to know one another and perhaps begin new friendships.
No children? No worries. Look into clubs like Lions Club, Kiwannas and Rotary. These clubs focus in on providing eye glasses and water in 3rd world areas, improving the local community, networking and even nearly eliminating Polio.
No matter what local club you walk into, by looking at their about page you will know what they values. For example, Rotary’s core values are demonstrated by “Four Way Test” which is repeated at every meeting around the world.
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
It provides consistency of purpose and atmosphere, everywhere.
IT’S LIKE BUILT IN FRIENDS…
By joining one of the national or international groups/charities, it’s like walking into to a group of friends.
On some level, you already know each other.
And walking into one of their meetings in Fort Myers or Amsterdam, brings that introduction before the first hello. The sign in host will most likely greet you with an excitement reserved for a long lost loved one.
NOW IT IS TIME TO MEET THE LOCALS
Step forward in confidence that you will meet locals who will be happy to meet you.
Whether or not you stay long term, you will meet REAL Locals. They will love to share what they know about the community and show a willingness to help as you settle in.
Have a wonderful week and we will catch you next week with:
RELOCATION: Simple Steps to knowing where you live