You’ve finally made the decision to move to Barcelona. Congratulations, cannot say that I blame you. This city offers you a quality of life that you are hardly likely to find anywhere else. Plus there is a thriving Barcelona expat community that can help the transition to living in such a beautiful place a lot easier.
As you will soon discover there are several groups that have been set up. All of these groups offer you the opportunity to make some really valuable contacts with like minded souls who chose to make the move to the city. Plus they will also provide you with reliable information and tips that you can trust about living the Expat life in Barcelona.
The kinds of groups that I would recommend you make contact with before your move are as follows:
1. English Oasis
This particular community is made up of more than 1,000 members and is a mixture of both expats and locals. They like to meet up 3 times each week where inter cambio language exchanges take place. Plus they also arrange a number of social activities that take place over the weekends. Anyone who chooses to become a part of this particular community will be introduced to at least 4 people who regularly attend the group. It is certainly a great way to make new friends when you first move to the city.
2. InterNations Community Network
This group is made up of expats from various countries around the globe who have chosen to make Barcelona their home. Along with being able to chat with members online you also have the opportunity to meet up with them regularly at events that InterNations organises throughout the year.
3. Hash House Harriers
If you are someone who likes to keep active then joining this Barcelona Expat community should be considered. The group is again made up of expats from around the world and along with arranging regular runs the group loves to socialise as well. They organise runs for their members on the last weekend of every month.
4. English Speaking Children’s Parents & Guardians Association
If you are moving to the city with children then getting involved with this particular expat community would be a great idea. The problem is that most schools in this part of Spain fail to create special programs suited to those who native language is English. This group is working on trying to change this and will help you to find suitable tutors so that your children can begin learning how to speak Spanish as well.
5. British Society Of Catalunya
This particular group is actually open to people of all nationalities and not just those who speak English. Throughout the year they organise a wide array of social events where primarily English is spoken. However I am pretty sure like many of the other groups can help you make contact with other groups that will enable you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the city’s culture and language.