We put together a list of suggestions on how to make the most out of your new home and respect the country that has welcomed us
When we move to another country, we should not assume everything will be done as it is in our home country. As an expat in Mexico, you will need to accept that this a different country and learn how to be a part of it. We gathered a few expat etiquettes to keep in mind.
- Don’t assume your country is better.
Constantly comparing life here to life at home is insulting. We all know life is different here and can be frustrating, but it is the slower pace we were all searching for. If everything was so much better in your home town why did you come live here in the first place?
- Learn some Spanish.
Although it is difficult to learn a new language as an adult, you should not assume the local people speak English. Some expats live in Mexico for years with no attempt to learn Spanish. Imagine another nation coming to your home town and expecting you to speak their language. Make an effort. You will enjoy it!
- Broaden your social circle.
WTry not to spend all your time with expats from your country. There are amazing people here from all over the world, including Mexico, with great experiences and cultures to add to your life. Be open to new people and different points of view.
- Involve yourself in finding solutions.
If you are enjoying this country, cooperate to make a difference here. Choose a non-profit to volunteer with, such as children’s schools, sports and activities or animal welfare. Volunteering is a great way to be more active and meet new people, and start laying roots in your new community.
- Broaden your horizons.
Although it is nice to support businesses owned by people from your home country, there are amazing talented locals working here as well. Once you learn some Spanish, you won’t need to specify that your hairdresser or dentist must speak English, and you will end up having more options to choose from.
- Do your homework.
Learn more about Mexico’s culture and social etiquettes. Essentially, you are a guest in this house, and it is only fair to be aware of simple manners.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina