It's hard to imagine ...
When I left New Zealand as a young adult to embark on an overseas adventure with my close high school friends, everybody thought I'd be back within a few months. Twenty seven years, five countries, two continents, eleven houses, happily married and two children later, who would have thought that I would still be living and loving Expat life ...
Having lived as an Expat for most of my adult life, and appreciating the great advice and recommendations received over the years from friends and acquaintances, I have seen how the power of "word of mouth" forms such an integral part to the enjoyment and successes of life in any new or foreign country. Thanks to the internet and social media, this all important word of mouth network has grown bigger and become more amplified making it even easier for Expats to share their experiences.
The idea to create expatfriendlylocals.com came about when I realised that there was no single location for people to find everyday services and to tell others about their experiences. The Expat network is a large and valuable niche market and my aim is to help fellow Expats find what they are looking for and also to support reliable, friendly and trustworthy business professionals and organisations locally.
I am passionate about the power of social engagement and the way it can benefit businesses by helping strengthen their brand and customer loyalty as well as helping consumers make better choices.
Clear and open communication is important and I warmly welcome all feedback and suggestions.