15 episodes

So you've made the leap. You're living overseas; living the dream. Now what? Once the honeymoon period ends and friends back home stop being impressed by the courage it takes to make a go at finding your fortune in a foreign land, life starts to get real. How do you build a life overseas? How do you thrive? Michelle Ibarra, APAC & Oceania Community Manager for Girl Gone International, interviews the women who are killing it overseas to learn how they did it. Season 1 is all about community- why we need it, how you can use it to get a leg up, and what the best community leaders do to make theirs successful.

Pop Abroad PopAbroad

    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0, 1 Rating

So you've made the leap. You're living overseas; living the dream. Now what? Once the honeymoon period ends and friends back home stop being impressed by the courage it takes to make a go at finding your fortune in a foreign land, life starts to get real. How do you build a life overseas? How do you thrive? Michelle Ibarra, APAC & Oceania Community Manager for Girl Gone International, interviews the women who are killing it overseas to learn how they did it. Season 1 is all about community- why we need it, how you can use it to get a leg up, and what the best community leaders do to make theirs successful.

    Community 14: Girl Gone International | Anne Scott

    Community 14: Girl Gone International | Anne Scott

    Anne Scott was a digital nomad before the term existed; a "Digital Nomad 1.0" she likes to say. One day in 2010 she looked up and realized that she'd lived in 10 countries in 10 years and that she felt at home on the road. She founded Girl Gone International (GGI) to help her connect with other women who were navigating life while living outside of their home countries. Today, GGI has several hundred thousand members in nearly 200 cities around the world who hosted more than 3,000 free offline events last year. More than just a network for people who are traveling, the mission of GGI is to create a community of women who support and empower each other to live anywhere, belong everywhere, and make a home wherever they are. In addition to publishing an e-zine that celebrates the lives that women are living overseas, their all-volunteer staff is focused on hosting real-world events to spark the connections that build community. In essence, they make the online and community collide in a meaningful way.To learn more about Girl Gone International and read the latest issue of their e-zine, or to find a chapter near you, visit them on the web at https://www.girlgoneinternational.com. You can also check them out on social media: TwitterInstagramFacebookLinkedIn Stay in touch and send us comments, suggestions or interview recommendations; we're on Instagram at @PopAbroad, or you can reach out by email: michelle.ibarra@migrationmedia.net Pop Abroad is a proud member of the Migration Media network. Follow us on Twitter at @MigrationMedia_ or check us out at www.migrationmedia.net to learn about our other shows. Please take a moment to "Like" us and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts... and subscribe!

    • 46 min
    Community 13: Global Shapers | Stephany Zoo

    Community 13: Global Shapers | Stephany Zoo

    Stephany Zoo is one of the young people working at the bleeding edge of economic and entrepreneurial development in Africa. She's on the ground, in the trenches, bridging the gaps between the people and the forces driving African economies and China. Currently splitting her time between Nairobi, Cape Town and China, she is the outgoing Curator of the Global Shapers Shanghai II Hub, a multi-stakeholder community born out the World Economic Forum which boasts almost 9,000 "Shapers" in 400 Hubs across 150 countries. As a part of Global Shapers, Stephany's had a hand in driving the local community's mission of inspiring people under the age of 30 to work together to address local, regional and global challenges. Members in the local Hubs self-organize to create projects that address the needs of their community. Projects are as wide-ranging as their members are diverse - in expertise, education, income and race - and they are all united by a desire to bring about change.Read all about Stephany's projects, including her "first passion," Phoenix Risen, on her website here. Or check in with her on social media: InstagramLinkedinTwitter To learn more about Global Shapers and to find a Hub near you, visit them on the web at https://www.globalshapers.org/. You can also follow them on social media here: TwitterYouTubeFacebookLinkedIn Stay in touch and send us comments, suggestions or interview recommendations; we're on Instagram at @PopAbroad, or you can reach out by email: michelle.ibarra@migrationmedia.net Pop Abroad is a proud member of the Migration Media network. Follow us on Twitter at @MigrationMedia_ or check us out at www.migrationmedia.net to learn about our other shows. Please take a moment to "Like" us and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts... and subscribe!

    • 24 min
    Community 12: Shanghai Mamas | Melanie Ham

    Community 12: Shanghai Mamas | Melanie Ham

    Few things are more frightening to migrants than giving birth outside of their home country. Dealing with that, and their own isolation, led Melanie Ham and a few other foreign mothers in Shanghai in the mid-2000s, to connect and build community. What began as a small clutch of expat women with babies and toddlers looking for companionship and reassurance, has exploded into Shanghai Mamas, a diverse city-wide organization with over 17,000 parents and multiple events per day. Their members connect online and offline for parent-to-parent recommendations, advice, and community-building activities such as educational talks, spa days, holiday parties, charity fundraisers, and family meet-ups, as well as their signature weekly "Parent Coffee Mornings." Many parents cite Shanghai Mamas as their key source to find their niche in the city, make lifelong friends, and manage the day to day confusion of living and parenting in Shanghai!To learn more about Shanghai Mamas visit them on the web at shanghaimamas.org. You can also follow them on social media here:InstagramFacebookLinkedInWeChat: "Shanghai Mamas Org"Stay in touch and send us comments, suggestions or interview recommendations; we're on Instagram at @PopAbroad, or you can reach out by email: michelle.ibarra@migrationmedia.net Pop Abroad is a proud member of the Migration Media network. Follow us on Twitter at @MigrationMedia_ or check us out at www.migrationmedia.net to learn about our other shows. Please take a moment to "Like" us and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts... and subscribe!

    • 37 min
    Community 11: Qmmunity | Gabby Gabriel

    Community 11: Qmmunity | Gabby Gabriel

    When Gabby Gabriel arrived in Shanghai, she couldn't find any other LGBTQ people to hang out with. Even in China's most socially progressive, outward-looking city, life for queer people is difficult. Conservatism still rules in the wider culture, so many are forced to live either closeted or very cautiously. Faced with the need to make friends and armed with a recognition of the growing queer population's rising economic influence, she has devised a social enterprise solution to not just her social isolation, but to the wider "Qmmuinty's" as well. Her platform encourages mutual support, increased queer people's visibility, and reaches out to local businesses and institutions through sensitivity trainings and inclusive events. It's important work that she believes her privileged as a foreigner requires of her. "If we're not supporting each other, then how can we expect other people to?"Learn more about Qmmunity and download the app here: http://www.theqmmunity.com/ Follow Qmmunity on all of the platforms: InstagramFacebookWeChat: "gabbygabriel" Stay in touch and send us comments, suggestions or interview recommendations; we're on Instagram at @PopAbroad, or you can reach out by email: michelle.ibarra@migrationmedia.net Pop Abroad is a proud member of the Migration Media network. Follow us on Twitter at @MigrationMedia_ or check us out at www.migrationmedia.net to learn about our other shows. Please take a moment to "Like" us and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts... and subscribe! 

    • 29 min
    Community 10: LinkedIn Local | Tamar Hela

    Community 10: LinkedIn Local | Tamar Hela

    Co-President of the Shanghai chapter of LinkedIn Local, Tamar Hela has been living overseas since she was 23. After studying in Spain and starting her own business, she spent time as a digital nomad, eventually making a swing back to her home in California where she switched to teaching and then made the move over to China. A training session on how to optimize your LinkedIn profile led her to discover LinkedIn Local, which is the longest-running campaign on the platform. Conceived as a way to help people bring their online connections into the real world, it boasts chapters in over 600 cities across more than 90 countries. Through offline events it helps people learn about "the person behind the profile" and build deeper, lasting relationships. Getting involved can be an incredibly powerful way to jump-start a person's professional network, as Tamar discovered when hers quickly "quadrupled" after she joined!To learn more about LinkedIn Local and to find a chapter near you, visit them on the web at https://linkednlocal.com/. You can also follow them on social media here: TwitterInstagramFacebookLinkedIn Stay in touch and send us comments, suggestions or interview recommendations; we're on Instagram at @PopAbroad, or you can reach out by email: michelle.ibarra@migrationmedia.net Pop Abroad is a proud member of the Migration Media network. Follow us on Twitter at @MigrationMedia_ or check us out at www.migrationmedia.net to learn about our other shows. Please take a moment to "Like" us and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts... and subscribe!

    • 41 min
    Community 9: Startup Grind, Part 2 | Rebecca Liang

    Community 9: Startup Grind, Part 2 | Rebecca Liang

    Originally from Hefei, China, Rebecca Liang migrated to Shanghai where she became an entrepreneur. And then her company failed spectacularly. She was jobless, homeless and went through a bad breakup. Rebecca walks us through the story of her first venture, how it seemed like a cant-miss opportunity, and then how, in the aftermath, the Startup Grind community, along with the entrepreneurs that she worked with in her subsequent job at WeWork, gave her support and mentorship that was more valuable than an MBA program. Now, as the Lead of WeWork Labs in Shanghai and Co-director of the local Startup Grind chapter, she pays that support forward by helping new entrepreneurs navigate the local startup ecosystem and find success.To learn more about Startup Grind and to find a chapter near you, visit them on the web at https://www.startupgrind.com. You can also follow them on social media here: TwitterInstagramFacebookLinkedIn Stay in touch and send us comments, suggestions or interview recommendations; we're on Instagram at @PopAbroad, or you can reach out by email: michelle.ibarra@migrationmedia.net Pop Abroad is a proud member of the Migration Media network. Follow us on Twitter at @MigrationMedia_ or check us out at www.migrationmedia.net to learn about our other shows. Please take a moment to "Like" us and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts... and subscribe!

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Top Podcasts In Places & Travel