In this article, I’m going to review one of the leading online expat communities in the world, Internations.org.
It’s a great place for expat and travelers to connect with people, find meetup groups, and gain insider knowledge about international towns and cities.
My Review of Internations.org
I first discovered InterNations.org when a beautiful Brazilian girl from Brasilia encouraged me to join. It’s free to sign up and create an account.
Once you create an account, you can fill out your profile with several details about you like:
- Date of Birth
- Places Visited
- Where you are currently located
It’s similar to Facebook, but more geared towards the professional expat who wants to make important personal and business connections.
Connecting with People
Finding people to connect with is super easy. Head over to the Members page and search for people based on their nationality and current location.
I’ve used Internations.org to connect with friends before I arrive in a foreign country. You’ll get better responses from women as well because they aren’t being flooded with thirsty messages (I’m talking to you Facebook!).
Find Jobs and Housing in the Forums
Another cool feature is the Internations.org forums where you can connect with other members. You can find a job, housing, or meet up with local friends for a night out on the town.
There’s also a marketplace where people buy/sell things like cars, TVs and furniture.
Browse Hundreds of Expat Guides
If you are looking to relocate overseas, then you should take a look at their Expat Guides. They have comprehensive guides on a wide range of cities like Rio de Janeiro and Thailand. The only downside is you have to pay for an Albatross membership to access some of the guides. The membership starts at $4.95 per month and gives you full access to groups, expat guides and live events.
Join Expat Groups
For Albatross members only, you gain access to all of the groups on the website. Most groups focus on activities like dining out, fitness, and language exchanges.
Find Live Events to Attend
Every week, Internations hosts live events at local hotspots to encourage in-person interaction. If you are new to the city, this is a great way to make quick friends and practice your foreign language skills
Internations.org Ratings (Pros and Cons)
I’m going to list things I like about the site and things I wish they would change.
Things I Like (Pros)
- Free to Join
- Tons of active members
- Easy to track your past trips and current location
- Easy to search for people in your current city
- Women are much more response to messages than on Facebook
- Hosts live events every week
- Groups are a good way to make friends and find business contacts
Things I Don’t Like (Cons)
- Expat Guides don’t offer enough links or personal contacts
- Requires a paid membership to access groups
- Many profiles are inactive (no way to tell if the person has logged in recently)
- Uses twinkles to indicate interest (sounds silly to me)
- Albatross membership bills every 3 months (this should be done monthly to give members more control)
It’s really easy to make friends in foreign countries because non-anglo cultures are way more friendly and inclusive. I don’t use InternNations.org to meet many people in person, but I do find it convenient to do research and message people before I arrive in a foreign city.
It’s a good overall service, although I think they could make a lot of changes to improve their website.
What do you think? Have you joined InternNations? Tell me what you think in the comments.
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