Learn the language.
When you move to another country, make it a priority to learn the local language of the people. The language is a huge part of the culture and the people you will meet, and it will be important to learn the language to integrate yourself fully into your new home country. Don’t keep delaying it, thinking that they will learn to speak English because of you, or that you’re okay with a few other people that speak your mother tongue, even if their spoken English is not fluent. No, they won’t adjust to learn your language; it’s up to you to adjust if you want to relate well with them so that they won’t feel awkward around you. It doesn’t cost you anything to learn a new thing. If you don’t, ten years from now, you would have wished that you had learned the language and were now able to speak it. Remember the things you invest in today bear fruit years from now. Admittedly, it is a very difficult step and it takes a lot of time and energy to learn a foreign language, but it is enriching and it will broaden your views.
Find a hobby and get active in pursuing it.
You will often make new friends by attending a club or activity because you will find people who have the same interest as you do. This might be a little more difficult once you have children, but then try to find an activity that you can do with your kids and preferably other moms.
Study their history.
Get to know as many facts as possible about your host country. It will help you to have the deeper understanding of the people and their background and identity. It is like learning about a friend’s family. It tells you a lot about why the country and culture is the way it is today. Read as many books as you can on history and important events that shaped the country.
Look up where to find important historical events and fun things to do.
You might live in a country that is well known for its beautiful, natural environments. Don’t take that for granted, but go outside and explore this new world. For instance, in New Hampshire, you will find beautiful hikes, lakes, beaches, mountains, which offer plenty of opportunity for sporting activities. You will never regret that you explored the country, city, or town you’re living in. The Netherlands, the country I am from, has a very rich history and it has fantastic museums and old buildings; you never get enough from its beautiful historical sites.
Stay in contact with the people that are important to you.
Wherever you are, don’t forget your previous relationships. There are people in your life that are there for a season, and there are people you journey life with. Do your best to stay in contact with the people you journey life with. Call them and text them as at when due. Even if these are only a handful of people, try to stay connected with them. They are the people who knew you before you started this adventure.
Find a church community.
I’ve often found when moving to another place or country that the first thing to do is to find the nearest church community where you will feel at home and the people will extend their hands of love to you. This is going to be your new family for the coming time and who knows how long you will be in town. As a Christian, you can’t live like a hermit; Christianity is all about building and sustaining relationships with human and the Divine. Therefore, the church is the place to make new friends and people with whom you can build long lasting friendships. If you are not from any of the denominations out there, then you may want to try a few different churches if there are a variety of churches to choose from. But then, you need to ask the Lord for guidance on which church to attend.