Moving to a new country is difficult. Learning a language, understanding the culture, and meeting new people are all big challenges. The fact that you moved here from another country shows you are ready for a big challenge! Fortunately, there are many great ways to become more comfortable in your new home. In no time, you will be speaking English and interacting with Americans and expatriates alike.
Greenville has social groups for people from India, Italy, Germany, Japan, China, Switzerland, and throughout the Spanish speaking world. Meeting people from your own country who have already spent time living here can be very helpful. They can tell you what they wish they knew when they first moved to Greenville. Check out the following groups to meet folks from similar cultural backgrounds as yourself:
- http://greenvillechinese.org/ Chinese
- http://www.gacsouth.com/ Germans
- http://www.iacgg.org/ Italians
- http://www.jaasc.org/ Japanese
- http://www.swissclubupstate.com/ Swiss
- http://www.iagg.org/ Indians
- http://hispanicalliancesc.com/ Hispanics
The League of American Bicyclists honored Greenville with the prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community Award for a good reason. With a new public bike sharing program, new bike lanes, and state parks with miles of bike trails, Greenville is quickly becoming the number one location for cyclists in the south east. If you enjoy cycling (biking), Greenville is a great location for you. Meet new people and practice speaking English while getting exercise and fresh air. Here are a few bike groups in the area:
A great way to learn English in Greenville while meeting new people is to volunteer. Help a child learn to read, spend time with an elderly person, or deliver food to the hungry. You will meet new friends, learn English, and give back to your new community. Many people find volunteering to be very fulfilling and you will be sure to make friends with kind and generous people. For volunteering opportunities, check out the links below:
As you can see, there’s no reason to feel lonely in Greenville! The best way to learn the language and understand the culture is to get out there and do things with other people. Have a great time and don’t be afraid of taking risks as you settle in to your new home here in Greenville, South Carolina! Within no time, you’ll have made many friends and feel like this new place is your home. People in Greenville and across South Carolina are generally friendly and talkative. It’s easy to sit down at a cafe or park bench and start a conversation with a local. Who knows, you might meet another foreigner who has also just moved here!