Alone in desert
Friendships can no longer be defined by the number of years you've been friends, its becoming more apparent that in the 21st century all of us need to consider the idea of short-term friendships. We have to open ourselves up to the possibility of having close friends that we know will only last for a short while.
Johnny holding d20 dice.
As an adult, keeping up with friends from back home can be difficult, especially if you've fallen out of touch over the years. But the common bonds you had growing up are probably still there. Read Johnny's story of how he reconnected with an old friend through their shared childhood interest of fantasy worlds.
Kaveh Pakjoo with two teens he works with
Saying hello helps someone feel recognized by letting them know you are interested in interacting further, and while it’s a great start, it’s also just the beginning. Kaveh Pakjoo—a youth leader in Stockholm—talks about growing up in northern Sweden, his time in boys' homes in Stockholm, and explains the effort it...
Becoming a newcomer is never easy. Learning the lay of the land takes time and patience. Yet meeting locals can help smooth the transition.
When you move to a new country you know nothing. You know so little that you don’t even know that you know nothing. Adjusting to life in a new country means you encounter people constantly telling you “how things work here” who realize you have no knowledge with which to defend yourself.
Yoanne Clovis sitting on the quays of Vancouver.
Learning the unique social codes of a new country can be a challenge for any newbie. For Yoanne, not only has she done it in many different countries but she has now decided to help others do the same. Yoanne Clovis is the founder of Serene Expat, a service dedicated to helping people enjoy all the thrills of starting...
Extrovert singing karaoke
You walk into a room full of strangers and it's like you're back at a junior school disco. The nearest group has been talking about a show you've never heard of for the last five minutes. You've missed your chance to jump in. You curse yourself for not being an extrovert. Will it ever get easier?