As a Lebanese expat, making new friends and building a social community or network in your new country is vital in helping you to feel settled. This also raises your odds of a positive experience once you’ve been settled into the United States of America. First and foremost, mingling with your new work peers will give you a wonderful prospect to meet new people quite easily. You would already have a common interest- you see them each day and will probably get to take your breaks together at work. Your colleagues will also give you the opportunity to get to know citizens of your new country, which will ease you into life in the USA. Chances are that the more you get involved, the sooner you will get to mix with your co-workers outside of the workplace. If however, you are eager to get in touch and socialize with other Lebanese expatriates, here are a few ideas to get you connected:
1. Great ways to network with Lebanese expatriates If you are have come to the United States with your spouse, or your work environment doesn't really give you the chance to bump into new faces, then making new friendships and relationships may necessitate some more work from your side.. There are a number of expat groups located in all main cities, which will gladly help you meet new faces and develop a social and community network. Members of these groups are a good resource for important advice and information about the new country you are living in. Expat groups hold regular meet ups, and they welcome and encourage new members. You will be able to find a group near you, fairly easily.
2. Lebanese social and cultural clubs for expatriates In addition to traditional local expat groups, social media will also be your friend. Not only will Facebook and Linkedln guide you, there are also many other social sites that are dedicated specifically to expats. Members of these sites will be in a similar situation as you are and will be just as eager to meet new people as well as build new friendships. These sites are usually free to sign up. They are also likely to organize meet ups and social outings with other expats.
3. Lebanese sport clubs in the United States of America It is practically Lebanese culture to actively participate in a number of regional and global sports events. The youth are constantly encouraged to be active and on the move — and it's no different for Lebanese expats living in the US. Basketball quickly became popular in Lebanon, so much so that the sport has its own federation since the 1960's. The sport reinforces athletic spirit and maintains the presence of basketball in the national culture. The same applies with Soccer and the Lebanese boast some big sports names in the US. Hobby and Sports groups are very inclusive. They are happy to reassure new members from any background, regardless of their sporting abilities. You don't just have to stick to sports you usually play, why not try something new?
4. Exciting Lebanese festivals throughout the United States of America. There are various Lebanese festivals which take place across the United States throughout the year, such as the Lebanese festival in San Diego. These festivals are meant for you to share your passion for Lebanese cuisine, fun and heritage. The festivals are usually wonderful family events which draw many visitors. Live music, cooking demonstrations, dancing and performances are just a few of the activities you can expect at these festivals. Guests at the festival will also get to enjoy traditional Lebanese Dishes such as Falafel, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Shawarmas, Chicken Kabob,Hummus, Kibbeh and more.