What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
MazInfo Yahoo Group and Sunday get-together, MazAmigos get-together, several ladies and mens lunches held weekly, Tourist Aide volunteers, Amigos de los Animals shelter volunteering, La Vina church, Friends of Mexico, American Library, discussion groups, exercise and dance classes, karaoke nights, walking the Malecon (seawalk), reading the Pacific Pearl and Maz Messenger magazines for activities schedules. (Continue)
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Don't fight it. Don't think it won't happen to you. I see a ton of ex-pats who deny being in culture shock when it is obvious to all of us around them that they are.
Read as much as you can about your new new home before you go. Talk to people from there.
Join Internet discussion groups before you go and while you're there.
Go home for a break around six months. You will be glad you did.
You are guests in your new country. Do not think that just because things worked so well where you come from that your new friends and neighbors are looking for you to educate or enlighten them. They are not. They have been doing just fine for a long time and it is you that needs to learn and adjust. (Continue)