Living in a foreign country as an expatriate can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. On the one hand, you have this new country to explore and build a new life in, allowing you to create unique experiences you might not get back home. On the other hand, living the expat life can get lonely, especially when you have just moved to a new country. It is easy to fall into a scheduled routine day in and day out, leaving you no time to meet new people in your new home.
Building A Social Life As A Singapore Expat
If you have just shifted to Singapore and looking for ways to build your social circle here, check out our guide on where you can meet people during your stay in Singapore:
Join An International Social Club Or Association
The easiest and fastest way for you to meet people is by joining one of the many clubs and associations available here. Some of these include The American Club, the Australian & New Zealand Association, the British Club as well as the Japanese Association Singapore. These clubs and associations are a great way for you to feel like you are right back at home without actually having to jump on a plane. They usually hold a variety of activities such as sports meets, mealtime gatherings and even events for kids including camps and parties. These activities provide members with the opportunity to network and get to know one another, as well as to seek advice from more experienced expats on living in Singapore. Social clubs tend to have a diverse set of members hailing from different parts of the world, while associations are usually country-specific. Whichever one you choose to sign up for, we are sure the clubs and associations will make you feel welcome in your new home.
Volunteer Your Time
How about doing some good while meeting new people by volunteering at a charity or non-profit organisation? There are various volunteering associations in Singapore where you can donate some of your time and energy. If you are keen on helping the at-risk community, check out the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association or Action for AIDS. Wish to help children in making their dreams come true? Volunteer to be a Wish Granter at the Make A Wish Foundation, or simply help with any administrative tasks. If you have a desire to lend a helping hand to domestic workers as well as women in the low-income bracket, Aidha is the perfect volunteering place for you. It offers classes to help improve these women’s financial literacy, which you can volunteer for as a mentor. If you love to tell stories and have an affinity with the written word, the National Library Board has an opportunity for you to put your storytelling skills to the test by volunteering as a reader at the kidsREAD Clubs. With a myriad of volunteering opportunities abound in this little red dot, you will definitely be able to put your time to great use while expanding your social circle.
Get Active At A Sports Club
If you have an athletic bone in your body or simply wish to keep physically active, consider joining a sports club. From American football to cycling to dragon boat racing, you will be spoilt for choice with the number of sports clubs available in Singapore. However, some of these clubs do impose age restrictions. For instance, the Singapore American Football League is only open to boys from 15 to 18 years of age. Other sports clubs such as those for rugby and basketball (the Amateur Indoor Basketball League) are open to both males and females of various age groups. Given the bond and camaraderie that usually result from being part of a sports team, joining a sports club is no doubt a great way for you to meet new people here in Singapore.
Sniff Out The Expat Hangouts
Expats in Singapore have their regular spots where they usually hang out together. Some of these areas are located at Holland Village, Robertson Quay and even the heart of the city, including Orchard and Dempsey. These hangout spots offer expats a chance to have casual meet-ups with each other as well as provide them with a break from the often-stressful work life in this Lion City.
Build New Skills
If there is a skill you have been meaning to learn but never got round to it, how about using your stay in Singapore to sign up for classes? Fancy learning to cook the local cuisine without resorting to video tutorials on YouTube or step-by-step recipe guides on food blogs? Then sign up for Cookery Magic, a home-based cooking class that will teach you how to prepare dishes popular in Singapore. You will get the opportunity for a hands-on lesson and you will even be able to feast on what you have prepared at the end of the class! If you wish to be more nimble with a needle and thread, learn to sew at one of the many sewing classes available such as Astitch-Works and Sew Into It. The former offers both one-on-one as well as group lessons, although you would probably want to opt for the group lessons if you are looking to meet new people through your classes. Meanwhile, Sew Into It holds workshops for both adults and kids, this is a good one to bring your little ones along too.