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Long Distance Movers Guide: Tips Adjusting to the Vancouver Community

Feeling welcome after moving into your new Vancouver community After relocating from abroad, once the moving truck drives off, the crew leaves, and the boxes have been emptied, you have officially turned the page on a new chapter in your life. It is surely intimidating to be among entirely new surroundings, so, for long distance movers,  how does one feel welcome and a sense of belonging in an unfamiliar place? Depending on how old you are, the idea of a ‘welcome wagon’ may be a completely unfamiliar term. However, the sentiment of a community coming together to welcome new residents has remained — it’s just up to you to discover how it manifests in the present day. Join local programs to meet like-minded people The City of Vancouver has a great network of community centers. Programs are typically affordable and will give you chance to meet people that may have similar interests as you. For teens and adults, group fitness classes like aerobics, aquacise, or yoga put you into a high-energy group setting where you’ll have an opportunity to socialize and meet people. If you are more of an introverted person, and the idea of sweating it out in a sea of strangers is overwhelming, start with 1-on-1 interactions such as a private music lesson. Or, enroll in a class to learn a new language. This essentially has structured socialization through practicing the language with your peers. For parents it’s almost the easiest: if you enroll your child in a community program (art class, dance lessons, swimming, etc), you’ve automatically found yourself among other parents to strike up a conversation with....