Internations.org Expat Network Review: Is It Any Good?

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:

  • Name
  • Occupation
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • 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)

Conclusion

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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11 COMMENTS

  1. I signed up for what I thought was a one year membership to Internations Albatross but please be aware that this is a major scam as it’s an automatic subscription model and on the day I got charged again I complained that I wasn’t aware that this would happen and the answer I got was that I should have read the terms and conditions….NOT impressed! They do not care about happy clients, they just hope you will not read the fine print.
    All I get on this site is sleazy men trying to contact me…
    So WARNING if you do buy the membership make sure you read the fine print.




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  2. This place is full of CREEPS and people who don’t even have the most basic of social skills. If you are a woman, you will get harassed the moment your profile goes live. Guys messaging you and sending you pics, asking for your phone number.

    I went to a few of the events and I must say that they were the WORST events I have been to anywhere in the world. London NY, LA, Berlin, Munich. The people were so stuck up it is un believable. The men are the most Creepiest men I have met any where. They have bad breath and BO. I mean, guys have you not heard of basic dental care or personal hygiene?

    I set up a basic account and within minutes I had guys messaging me asking to meet me for drink and wanting to have my phone number. Germany was THE worst place for these people. It was not the German but everyone else who lived in Germany.
    The same happened to friends of mine. We were told that this is the place to meet intelligent, sophisticated people. Internations could not be further from the truth. I must say that these were the saddest people on the planet. It’s good that there is a place for them. Certainly not the place for anyone with any self respect, self esteem or class.

    If you can’t meet people and don’t know how to interact with basic social skills then this is the place for you. you will find loads of people just like you. Everyone else, don’t waste your money or more importantly, your time.




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  3. Like the other commenters. The site is full of creeps (not all but most), and businesses. In the end you feel as safe as on a street in a strange country, with many vendors trying to scam you and rude people acting as betters. A lot of people on the site are not even expats. The ambassadors and counsels are quite rude, and often colour biased (cause it’s a better to say than the R word). As far as being helpful for “research” is concerned, there’s nothing you’d find here that you won’t in a Google search.

    It’s cheap in my experience but not an experience I’d want to spend any money on.




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    • You may want to come clean and say in which country and city you had these experiences. I have my own issues with Internations New York but one thing that I am 100% comfortable saying is that people (both members and consuls) are extremely nice, professional and courteous.




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  4. As someone greatly interested in finding new horizons to explore, I thought that I should give internations a try- after all, they *appeared* to be one of the only search results that were more than click-bait, mindless “list” sites which offer nothing of value (except pennies in ad revenue to whoever runs those sites).
    My first attempt to sign up was roughly a year ago, when I was already becoming frustrated with the lack of available information online. My membership was never “approved”, but I had forgotten about it altogether, and was frankly too busy to notice the rejection (disappointment from so many other dead-ends sort of has the effect of drowning out individual failures).
    Today, I came across them again, and decided to try once more. As I said above, I had forgotten that I was rejected about a year ago, which is the only reason that I even attempted it this time.
    Really, what an elitist, pretentious concept! They are NOT a resource for anyone but those with excessive cash, privilege, and/or travel experience… which means that their usefulness in the format they choose is questionable at best. It reeks of a scam, a way to charge gullible people with funds for recurring membership fees. I am perhaps a bit glad that my lack of “travel pedigree” automatically places me in their philistine-peasant category, unworthy of membership in their “exclusive community” (which is an asinine concept that I find to be diametrically opposed to the concept of traveling fellowship!), because I doubt that there are any “perks” to being part of such a clannish little club.
    Really, do yourselves a favor if you are looking for a community of travelers and ex-pats to seek advice from, and seek it elsewhere. Given that so many women have had experiences of harrassment, and the way in which you must be “approved of” in order to even ask questions (the supposed reason for even joining is to seek advice from other, more experienced travelers?!), that whole site is just fishy. I would also be wary of the intent of anyone trying to give them a good review, just take a look at these comments.
    I am off to find that rare gem, a web page that isn’t deceptive fluff written by a lying wannabe blogger. Good luck to you, as well!




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  5. I agree completely with Catrin – I didn’t find the service useful at all and got completely stung with the charges. I guess they find it a good business model but hopefully if enough of us voice the terrible (and, frankly threatening) customer service we had maybe they will either change it or – even better – go out of business.




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  6. I checked their website. Not much information on what you wanted to know. I’m a US citizen for last 16 years & travel around the world a lot. For no reason at all I applied for their membership. After about a couple of months they turned down my application. Now I regret that I applied for the membership of a Club that operates in a shady ground.




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  7. They create a dark pattern where it is really easy to accidentally pay for a full membership after your free trial is complete. They will charge you even if you are a day late canceling and have zero interest in helping you out. It is impossible to get any kind of refund since they charge you everything upfront and not month to month like most subscription services. While what they are doing is completely legal, it is clearly done purposely and dishonestly to scam you out of your money since you can read all over the internet of people bringing up the exact same complaint. I have learned my very expensive lesson and am posting my story anywhere I can so that other do not fall into the same trap.




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  8. I would definitely not recommend to use Internations. As they try to make money of its users and don’t provide any support when you are needed. Definitely a bad idea. I am really dissatisfied with by being a member.




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