Modern communication technologies such as internet radio, phone and television globalize communication by allowing expatriates around the world to easily connect with their home country and culture instantaneously. This has the effect of reducing the separation anxiety associated with the expatriation process. Companies have emerged to facilitate this virtual connection to the home country.
When making overseas phone calls consider using Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) systems. Free to download programs such as skype allow you to speak from computer to computer for free or you can even call landlines and mobile phones for discounted rates. Other programs such as Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger are also great options for chatting online. If you and your family and friends have a webcam you can use any of these programs to conduct video calls, which is as close as it gets to being there in person. Having high speed internet is important for VOIP systems to allow you to make your calls without interruptions.
Websites such as facebook have also made it easier to stay in touch and up-to-date with family and friends from all around the world. Emails are an easy option to keep in touch and most people also love to receive a genuine handwritten letter or card occasionally.
Before you move onto a new project or return home don’t forget to obtain the contact details of the new friends you made whilst residing abroad.