At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Indonesia and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.How to Escape
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Rachel is a blogger, travel writer, mother and world explorer-turned-expat living with her young family just outside Ubud in Bali. Originally from England, she met her future husband while solo travelling and shares her adventures in parenting, culture and life. Rachel’s tweets are very reflective of whatever her current mood is, and she posts about her daily joys and frustrations as a mum and freelance writer.
Bali Digital Nomads
This group is for digital nomads, online entrepreneurs and internet geeks living in Bali. Whether you’re looking for local meetups and networking events, recommendations, resources or collaborators, you’ll find a friendly, like-minded community here who can point you in the right direction and share their own experiences living the digital nomad life in Bali.
Bali Nomad Girls
A group established to support and empower nomad women in Bali. There are weekly meetups, nomad-focused articles, useful lists, polls, interesting content, tips and tricks – just no ads or clickbait allowed. Share nomad problems, questions and solutions, garner feedback on your projects and surveys. There are also job postings and partnerships. The group is always open to new suggestions and ideas to make the community even better.
English Teachers in Indonesia
Connect with more than 8,000 English teachers living and working in Indonesia. There are both Indonesian and native English speakers in the group, and they share and discuss teaching strategies, lesson plans, activities, link to useful websites and books. If it’s related to English language teaching and learning, it’s in here.
Originally created so the group owner could gather info and contact people in order to write a book, it now boasts 40,000 members and is a thriving online expat / former expat community. Members are urged to keep the flow interesting and less commercial. And you’ll find everything here – from missing dog posts to recipe suggestions, visa help and advice to Bali buy/swap/sell listings.
Bali Expat Problems
A UK 20-something who is living in Bali, married to a Balinese man. Through her tweets and blog posts she aims to share what it’s really like living with a local, abroad and as an expat. From visas to cultural differences, language struggles and religion. Follow her for candid reflections and insights into the realities of life in Bali for a foreigner. It’s not all beaches, exotic foods and cocktails – well not all the time anyway.
Indonesia – Help Desk for Foreigners
Less of a ‘help desk’ and more of a general information hub, this is a group for both locals and foreigners alike to pose questions and receive answers. Relevant news stories are shared along with information about local customs and best practice, such as during Nyepi celebrations. There are lots of event listings, and expats looking for a broad overview of what’s available in Indonesia may find this group helpful.
Aussie in Jakarta
Bryce Green is an Indonesia risk analyst and Australian living in Jakarta. An ex-journalist, he’s a great one to follow to keep your finger on the pulse of Indonesian news and politics. Before making the move to Indonesia in 2014, Bryce had been a regular visitor for more than a decade. He mixes mostly news tweets with some personal observations.
We’re always on the lookout for more accounts to feature – if you write about living in Indonesia on social media, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!