Ideas to Help Build Connections with Local People While Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is an amazing experience. Exploring a new place while studying there is a lovely way to live abroad and you can meet a wide range of people at the college. It’s also really nice to feel some connection with the local people in the area rather than only the student population, but it can be hard to know how to make those connections. Here are some ideas to help you out. 

Head to a Local Sports Game

Try to find your nearest small sports team that you’d enjoy going to watch. These local games often have small crowds and attract people from nearby areas, so showing your support will help you feel more involved in the community. If you attend regularly you can get to know the other supporters.

Research Local Volunteering 

Getting involved with local projects will help you give something back to the community and feel much more connected to your surroundings and the people around you. Often volunteering opportunities are quite social events where you’ll have the chance to chat with the other volunteers. 

Find the Non-Tourist Bars and Restaurants

There are often many food and drink venues in an area that are aimed at tourists, and while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re living somewhere it’s nice to find the more local, independent venues. Your support for these lesser-known establishments will be much appreciated, and you’ll feel more connected to the local people who visit these places too.

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