Looking to connect with people from all around the world? If lockdown has left the adventurer in you yearning to discover new cultures and get to know people from different backgrounds, we’re here to help. Take a look at 5 unique ways to form connections and engage in meaningful discussions with people from all around the world. Share your stories, make lasting connections, and help beat social isolation once and for all!
1. Join a virtual language exchange program
Want to make new friends and learn a new language in the process? Forget boring online language courses and learn a new language in the most interactive and engaging way possible. Speaky, Tandem and Italki are just some of the many online language resources you can sign up to to learn a new language by talking to a native speaker. You can choose between a professional language teacher, for more formal learning, or an amateur if your goal is to practise your informal conversations skills. You can even offer up your own language skills in exchange for a language you want to learn!
2. Join Clubhouse- the latest invite-only App taking the internet by storm
What is Clubhouse you ask? Clubhouse is the latest audio-only social network, which you can only join if you have an invite. Upon receiving the much-coveted invite, you can join the App and listen to conversations hosted by prominent people, based on your interests. Select your favourite topics and groups, and then join events as and when they occur. This can be anything from a 10-minute meditation guide to a 1-hour talk on the future of Bitcoin. You can listen in the background, or you can join in on the conversation if it’s an interactive-style event.
Also, if you have a particular area of expertise or a passion, you can even form your own group and host your own talks. Overall, Clubhouse is a great way to connect with people from all around the world, gain insights, and exchange views on your passion and interests.
3. Join a virtual cooking club to bond with people over the joys of cooking
Looking to share your passion for cooking? Join the Virtual Cooking Club! Members of the club get together (virtually) every Sunday to make the selected recipe of the week as a community. Join the club to cook alongside people from around the world, while sharing stories and exchanging cooking tips. As a member of the club, you will also benefit from the club’s weekly newsletter that features new recipes, in-season ingredients, and also delivers news on chefs from around the world. Now that’s our kind of club!
4. Join a Virtual Book Club
Joining a virtual book club is a great way to discover new literary cultures and meet people from all around the world. Also, it can get you into the great habit of reading on a weekly basis. Take a look at these 10 virtual book clubs you can join. Or, if you are feeling creative, you can even start your own. It can be as easy as setting up an Instagram page with a Zoom link to your book club sessions. As for the book choices, you can go off a list of must-read classics or use a random book selector. All in all, a book club is a great way to discover new authors and bond with fellow book readers from around the world.
5. Connect with a virtual pen pal
Writing to a pen pal is not a thing of the past! In fact, with all these new online resources, making a virtual pen-pal has never been easier. Some of our favourite pen pal platforms are Pen Pal World, which lets you choose between emailing and letter-writing and Compatipal, which puts you in touch with potential pen pals with common interests. Join a pen pal platform today to connect with people from around the world and build long-term friendships that defy geographical barriers.