Uprooting one’s life and moving halfway around the world isn’t easy for anyone.
Families relocate to Hanoi for a variety of reasons, including new job opportunities. And while kids are adaptable and able to adjust to new surroundings with the help of schools, the transition can be more difficult and isolating for adults. There are organizations and efforts being made, however, to help those who have recently arrived in Hanoi and are looking for social groups and ways to give back to the community.
Students at international schools “grow knowing the world is very big and different…the world is not just the place you were born, you are not a tree, you can move,” says Natalie Peraita, a Spanish woman who moved to Vietnam this past October. Indeed, living abroad allows people of all ages opportunities to explore and learn. But if not surrounded by classmates or in a working environment, it can be difficult to meet new people and make friends in a foreign country. This reality is one reason parents of all backgrounds have joined Friends of BIS.