MUNICH, GERMANY--(Marketwired - Apr 30, 2013) - Founded in 2007 by three friends in Munich, Germany, InterNations is known as the-way to simplify your life abroad. The aim of the expat networking community is to make living abroad easier through social integration. InterNations is multifaceted and offers networking opportunities both online and offline. Mainly, the internet platform provides expatriates with all the information they might require prior to their expatriation or upon arrival in their new environment.
Lydia moved from Chicago to the Emirates to accompany her husband, who was offered a position in hotel management. "We were both excited about it. But the experience didn't turn out as I thought. My husband worked long hours, and was often on duty on Saturdays. I took care of practical issues like looking for schools for the children, subscribing to insurances and finding telecommunication providers.
"Finding the right services was already a challenge. I, myself, had no social interaction and this affected my positive attitude. Discovering InterNations, its discussion and activity groups, changed the way I saw my new life in Abu Dhabi. I could finally talk to and meet other spouses who also started anew in the UAE. I learned a lot from our exchanges, benefited from their recommendations and could in turn pass on my knowledge to other members."
On InterNations, Local Scouts, who are committed locals members, offer tips and expertise on all aspects relevant to expat life in their city. The editorial "country and city guides" provide reliable information about the countries the expats are going to be or are living in. In forums and online discussion groups, members can also share their experiences and give valuable tips to others on how to better settle in abroad, in their new surroundings. Important information, such as international schools, hospitals or restaurants, is also recommended.
The big success of InterNations is closely linked to its providing its members with an exclusive international environment, at 320 global events every month. Networking happens live and new friendships are immediately made. The members can also get together in smaller "Activity Groups" according to their interests and needs (e.g. professional networking, family and kids, sports, etc.).
Based in Munich, InterNations (www.internations.org) is the largest expatriate network worldwide. The "invitation only community" facilitates life abroad and connects all "global minds" in a network of personal trust. At monthly events and activities, over 820,000 members can meet in over 360 cities worldwide to get to know other global minds. In forums and discussion boards members exchange tips about living abroad. An editorial "country and city guide" provides expats with valuable information regarding their new place of residence.