Female expats seem to fall within four broad categories: the trailing spouse, those who move for love, au pairs and then there are those of us who are doing the whole expat adventure solo. It is these women I really want to connect with. Women, who like myself, have arrived in a foreign country with just a suitcase and a job offer with no pre-existing support structures and no one to come home to at the end of the day to compare notes with.
Most female expat sites seem geared more towards the trailing spouse, the lovers or the professional women who move to their new country with their families. I haven’t really found any sites geared to us solo expaters that talk about the unique challenges we face and how tough it is at times doing this whole thing solo.
I find myself longing for this type of community, to connect with other women in the same position as myself, to share our experiences of trying to make a whole new life for ourselves in a foreign country. Does this type of community exist? If not, what would be involved in creating one? Is there even any interest to form this type of group?
If you are a fellow solo female expat and you are interested in connecting with others in the same positions as yourself, leave a comment or contact me. Perhaps we can form something here – a network of online support to share our experiences with and to help each other through those not so great times we all face while trying to start a new life in a foreign country.
Edit: Due to the amount of interest this post is getting, I’ve created a Yahoo Group – Solo Expats as a way to get this ball rolling, please join if you are interested.