My InterNations: LGBTE(xpat)

Nearly all LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people have probably experienced some degree of prejudice in their home country. Coming out is often a struggle, but it can be easier at home: you have a network of friends and/or family members to support you and, most of all, you have an idea of what […]

Culture Sharing for Children’s Day

On 20 November we celebrate the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day. Jacira Barros, Volunteer Group Consul in São Paulo, shares her experiences of organizing creative activities for children with a local non-profit organization. What does the Universal Children’s Day mean to you in relation to your role as Volunteer Group Consul? This is a month […]

InterNations Volunteer Groups — A Summer of Making a Difference

The InterNations Volunteer Program offers great opportunities for helping others and giving something back to the community you live in. Our Volunteer Groups — 32 around the globe — have been very active this summer, with almost 100 activities in August and September and 1,500 people taking part so far. Already, more than 20,400 InterNations […]

Five Expat Destinations of the Future

Same procedure as last year – same procedure as every year? Each spring, Mercer Consulting publishes the results of their latest Quality of Living study for foreign assignees in over 200 cities around the world. The ranking investigates various factors from ten areas that impact everyday life in an expat destination (e.g. medical and health […]

Same Old, Same Old…

When Pirkko from Finland returns home after several months of working in Brazil, she is really looking forward to telling her friends all about her big adventure. However, things turn out somewhat differently: totally unexpectedly she feels isolated in her own home town and estranged from her old friends… Almost exactly one year ago, I […]

From the Toronto Harbor to Happy Harbor!

Josephine from Toronto Canada took a backpacking trip through Brazil one summer, ended up falling in love, and is now raising a family in Porto Alegre. She tells us of her transition and why she fell in love with Brazilians and their culture. I never thought I was the type who could live abroad. Although […]

To Be Liked or Respected – a Brazilian Expat Professor’s Dilemma

I interviewed Carlos, a Brazilian art historian who came to Munich, Germany 5 months ago. He sums up the main differences between Brazilian and German university etiquette. Valentina: Carlos, what do you remember from your fist days at the Ludwig Maximilian University here in Munich? Carlos: Hmm, I did not know anybody at the beginning, […]

Founder’s Diary: São Paulo, May 2011

InterNations co-founder, Malte Zeeck, tells us about his last stop on his Latin American tour, visiting the InterNations São Paulo Expat Community and checking out the city! São Paulo is a huge sequence of apartment blocks, office buildings and other skyscrapers – the city never really seems to end. With a population of more than […]

Founder’s Diary: Rio de Janeiro, May 2011

As many of you now know, InterNations co-founder, Malte Zeeck, has just gotten back from his short round trip across South America. After Argentina and Chile, he visited the InterNations Rio de Janeiro Community and participated in their Event. Here is his take on the city! The “Cidade Maravilhosa”, the Magnificent City, really deserves its […]

InterNations Expat Events: Highlights in August 2010

Diversity and out-of-the-box thinking for unusual event formats were apparently key for many of our global expat events during the past four weeks. Let’s take a quick trip around the world while looking back on a few selected InterNations get-togethers, great and small alike. In Europe, the London Community decided to show some sportsmanship and […]