I just start creating a forum dedicated to all Indonesians living abroad. This forum, called Indonesian Expatriates Forum, is developed based on my personal experience.
When I moved to Scotland over 6 months a go, I was not well informed about the city’s what, who, where, when, and how. I had (still have) to work hard to find my own surroundings, build my own network, and find new friends. Yes, I start meeting new people and have found that there are at least 100 Indonesians living in Aberdeen. But this effort took months and I could say that I’ve found Indonesian fellows by accidents.
Feeling how hard it was to start a new life here in a foreign city with no one to turn to, I have tried to find Indonesian Expatriates Association, anywhere in the world, but couldn’t find any. There are several organizations dedicated to mixed-marriage couples, most of them are based in Indonesia, and mostly their mission is to share information and overcome any issues about the mix Indonesian and non-Indonesian marriage. There are many student associations, work’s outpost communities, and religious communities, but of course the membership would be solely, exclusively to their fellow friends.
Therefore I decided to start one. And I need help, big time, for all Indonesians living abroad. I’m looking for contributors, those who, together with me, would and could develop a comprehensive website which features all necessary information needed for Indonesian who live (or about to live) overseas.
So if you:
- are Indonesian
- are currently living in a foreign country, or have lived in one
- are student, partner, parent, volunteer, professional or simply are free spirit or traveler
- have similar forums, communities, or associations
- are keen to share your experience, have a lot of information regarding your city or country
- love to write and love to help other fellow Indonesians
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for sharing more details. Mind you the blog has just been created today, so there is nothing there, yet. English is chosen as the main language for a greater exposure, and if your partner is non-Indonesian, s/he could contribute as well!
For those of you who could give me suggestions or informations about Indonesians living abroad, please don’t hesitate to contact me at above email.
Wish me luck and see you at Indonesian Expat Forum!
Update, 20 January 2008
- Andie Summerkiss from Medan, Indonesia (soon will move to the Philippines), agree to contribute
- Anyone else?