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ckbojangles
9/22/2019 01:27 EST

My parents retired last year and have lived and worked in San Jose, CR for the past 40+ years. I have encouraged them to seek out people who are retired as well, make friends, etc but they seem to have a hard time finding people they can relate to. Are there any expat events/meetings in San Jose that they could attend? Any retreats or travel groups similar to Road Scholar they could join? Any tips are appreciated. Also, if there are any expat couples living in Rohrmoser/Escazu area who would like to get together for coffee, please reach out. I will be visiting them in October and can facilitate social stuff for them initially. Thanks!

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ILuvCR
9/22/2019 08:55 EST

I've enjoyed my membership with the world wide expats organization with a large chapter here called InterNations.

It has members of all ages and 26 countries, most here on work visas but includes retirees and some Tico's as well.

Multiple "activity" groups.

There is a free "basic" membership that will allow them to look around to get a feel and a small monthly fee for full participation.

https://www.internations.org

Pura Vida!

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lindyluvsCR
9/22/2019 11:26 EST

To have friends, you have to be friendly. In Grecia it is very easy to make friends. You smile at everyone you pass on the street, and if you see someone who looks like an Expat, you introduce yourself.

Others I have seen who are visiting or trying to make a life here, have a dazed look on their face that says "Leave me alone, I know what I am doing." They do not last long in Grecia. A miracle your parents lasted 40 years in CR,

But trying to initiate social activities after 40 yrs? I know a lot of expats but more Ticos. But the longer you are around anyone, the more you know their weaknesses or faults. You have to accept and see the good in everyone, and do your best to ignore what you are not crazy about. If you are going to have friends, they will have to do the same for you. This is true wherever you live.

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Kohl
9/22/2019 12:57 EST

Did they have friends in their previous workplaces?

Maybe they can organize something with these ex-co-workers, possibly around Thanksgiving. Or earlier if you can initiate a lunch or just a 'get together.'

Do they attend church?

If they have always 'kept to themselves' it will difficult for them to branch out.

As was mentioned 'to have friends, you have to be friendly.'

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