8 Ways for Expats to Build a Support System in Houston, Texas

Support Group Houston

I know what it’s like to move to a new city and not speak the language as well as you would like. When I moved to a new country many years ago, I wish I had known who to turn to for help. But that was before the internet and social media, so I had to figure things out on my own. I had many failures and successes along the way.

Maybe I can save you from some of the "growing pains" that come with moving to a new country where the language and the customs are different from your own. In fact, this article is dedicated to providing some practical ways to build your support system here in Houston.

What is a support system? A support system or support network is a group of friends, family members, and other members of the community who can help you with both practical and emotional matters.

The good news is that building a support system in Houston is easier compared to many other locations. That is because...

Houston is Big and Friendly.

Houston is the largest city in Texas. People come from all over the world to live and work here, so it is diverse in terms of culture, religion, race, politics, and beliefs, which makes it a fun and interesting city. There is something for everyone here: museums, a vibrant art and music scene, amusement parks, nature trails and centers, and first-class schools and universities. In other words, you’ve come to a pretty cool town, in my opinion.

There’s more good news in that, in general, people here are friendly. When you are jogging down the street or walking your dog, people usually make eye contact and acknowledge one another with a greeting.

One of my former students from Korea was so surprised when while standing in line at Walmart, a customer standing next to her started a conversation! This is Texas culture. Of course, there are always exceptions, but if you expect people to be friendly here, you won’t be disappointed.