Any potential expatriate can benefit from an InterNations membership. Whether you've already made the decision to start living in Bloemfontein, or you need some help making that final jump, there are articles, recommended blog, and forum threads that can give you the information you need about expat life. Living in Bloemfontein can be a rewarding and exciting experience, but it can be hard to get your initial footing. Sometimes it's a good idea to explore the local area, to get a good idea of what the area is like, and to solidify yourself as an expatriate living abroad. The 'city of roses', in South Africa, has some fantastic places to visit that will give you a good idea of your new surroundings. The old Raadsaal, for example, has a statue of Christiaan de Wet, a man who was once President of the Free Orange State. And the Boyden Observatory sits just outside of town and is a unique educational center.
Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our South Africa expat forums.
Packing your bags and moving house is one of the most stressful things that anyone can do. Moving to Bloemfontein, or anywhere in a different country, just adds further turmoil to proceedings. To make such a move a little bit easier, InterNations has spent years putting together a wide-spread community of expats who want to help each other out when making those big steps. The expatriates who are members of InterNations actively post comments in the forum threads, offering their advice about moving to a new area, or simply detailing their experiences for others to learn from. If you feel as if you simply need somebody to talk to, perhaps you need to vent your frustrations about moving to Bloemfontein, or you're just looking for friendly chat about your new home, then the private message system has got you covered.
Starting a new job can be a thrilling experience, if you don't let the anxiety get to you in the weeks leading up to your first day. Working in Bloemfontein is just like working anywhere else, but as an expatriate it can be tricky to learn about cultural barriers, business etiquette or if certain gestures are considered inappropriate or not in your new country of residence. InterNations' very own publication, the Expat Magazine, has articles submitted by InterNations members as well as in-house staff pieces, all about making expatriation a more rewarding experience in the long run, and not something that to be dreaded.