Loneliness as an expat

Expatriation can be a fun and exciting adventure, but it can also be a bit lonely at times. Read on for more on one expat’s experience with loneliness in Indonesia.

What are some potential factors that lead to loneliness when moving to Indonesia?
As an expat, you will often automatically be different than the majority of those around you in your new home. You will be from a different place, speak with a different accent, participate in different customs, and look different from your new neighbors. This can initially lead to loneliness, before you discover similarities with locals.


How do you deal with feelings of loneliness?
Join organizations, clubs, groups that share your interests. You’ll meet expats from all over the world, but also many locals with whom you’ll already have something in common!

Is it easy to expand or create a social network in Indonesia?
I have found it exceedingly easy, especially in Jakarta. The diverse makeup of the city’s population readily lends itself to the promotion of all sorts of available activities. I’ve never found myself at a loss for what to do here. That is more than I can say for other countries I’ve lived in.

Are there any activities or events that encourage social meet ups and networking opportunities?
You can join networking focused groups like Internations or sports teams like the Jakarta Paddle Club. Both offer plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded individuals. If you would rather meet people on a more personal level, bars, nightclubs and coffee-shops encourage one-on-one conversation.

Anything else you would like to add?
I would encourage any EF Indonesia teacher to join the TRT department’s fortnightly social events. They are a great opportunity to interact with colleagues from across Jakarta and beyond!

In the greater Jakarta area and looking for inspiration? Click here for our guide on top things to do in Indonesia’s megacity.



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