Indonesian Society Abroad Juni 3, 2008
Posted by finallywoken in Being Expat.
Tags: Expat Links
When we land in our host country, one of the first things we do is to find and make new friends. And no matter how fluent we speak the foreign language, most of us will be glad if we could meet up with other Indonesians. It would be very easy to do so in cities like Singapore (half of the country population is Indonesians anyway) or Perth, or cities with historical link to Indonesia like Amsterdam, where everywhere we turn we practically could bump into another Indonesian.
But what if we live in not-so-popular country, like me, for example, who happen to live in Aberdeen, Scotland?
If we are students, it would be easier to meet other Indonesians since there are Indonesian student societies everywhere in the world. But if we work or run our own business, we don’t have associations like British Chamber of Commerce and we are only able to meet other Indonesians by word of mouth, or through social networking websites.
Having no one to ask to, we certainly will turn to Indonesian Embassy in our adopted country. Most of them will list PPI (Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia) and religious communities. But rather than that, nothing.
I think Indonesian Embassies should take one step forward and be more active to gather Indonesians all over the countries, and not only focus on big cities. They should have a special section where Indonesian Societies could register their organizations, even if that community is only “arisan”.
In the mean time, to broaden our network around the world, below is the list of expat links I could find so far:
If you come across similar sites, please let me know so I could build a database.