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Having trouble adjusting to a foreign country. HELP!

Expat in Costa Rica
5 years ago, July 6th 2018 No: 1 Msg: #205179  
I have moved to Costa Rica for quite some time now and I still feel like I am failing to get the hang of the Costa Rican life. I know that I am a foreign man in an unfamiliar land; I already have my citizenship yet I still feel like I am only a visitor. I have the trouble in communicating with the locals there and you can only imagine the struggle that I have trying to understand the people around and trying to make them understand me as well. How should I deal with this? Reply to this

5 years ago, July 6th 2018 No: 2 Msg: #205181  
In response to: Msg #205179 It always takes time to adjust in a new country, have a look on social media and see if there are any expat groups you could join.... I couldn't have managed without my expat friends. Learning the language will help, also finding a bar/cafe and going there on a regular basis will mean that they gradually start to talk to you as they realise that your there to stay and not just passing. It takes a while and I'm still learning new things after 6 years of moving abroad but it does get easier. Reply to this

5 years ago, September 7th 2018 No: 3 Msg: #205640  
In response to: Msg #205179

Hopefully, things are better now. I would recommend spending free time learning the language and culture. I think many expats move to a community that is similar to themselves because it is easier. Many of my expat friends who have truly been successful do not spend all their time in a like community.
If you really want to immerse yourself into Costa Rica you have to become comfortable with the daily life of a Costa Rican. Having local friends is important.

I would analyze why you decided to become an expat. It is possible Costa Rica isn't the best choice for you -- should you consider a different country?

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