I’ve written about my struggles to meet people in Genève and realized about 5 minutes after hitting “publish” that I was not alone in that feeling. After meeting both expats and locals and having pretty extensive conversations with members of both communities, I’ve been looking for a way to create more understanding, interaction and unity between the two.
Then, through a friend, I met Olga, who came to me with an exciting new idea: Adopt An Expat.
Adopt an Expat is a project Olga and I are working on, to bridge the gap between the expat and local communities. Since Olga first had the idea just a couple of weeks ago, already we have more than 70 participants around Genève who are excited to understand each other better!
The idea is simple: create a profile, find people from the community you want to get to know who share similar interests, meet up and learn more about each other’s perspectives of living in Geneva over an activity. The catch: if you’re a local in Geneva, your aim should be to get to know expats and vice versa. It’s a great way to make new friends, sharpen language skills and to bring a new level of understanding to both communities– it’s a win-win situation for all who participate.
Take a moment to check out our new website, adoptanexpat.ch, fill out our short questionnaire and get involved in this cool new approach to making friends, sharing our perspectives, cultures and languages with each other! If you like the idea and want to help us out, share our website, Like our Facebook page or even send us a message if you’d like to join our team!