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There’s been a fair few requests for a compilation of communities for Australian Expats across the USA, after I posted a list for San Francisco.
So I’ve put on my best “researcher” hat and found as many as I could. As always, this isn’t the “be all and end all” of lists. There are bound to be heaps that my Google skills don’t catch. So alert me in the comments and I’ll add them!
Let’s start off with the Facebook Group for this blog, where you can meet expats living all over the USA and talk about your experiences or ask important questions or advice.
First cab off the rank includes a melding of Aussies and Kiwi’s – because what’s the point of living if there’s not a Kiwi around to good-naturedly mock every now and then? This club has heritage, it’s been around since 1994, which is impressive in itself, and it seems pretty well organised.
Oh Internations. You have a group for every city! InterNations features separate forums for different countries, so you’re always going to find people in your city, although they’re not all going to be Aussies, I’ve linked to the page listing your fellow ‘Strayan’s.
This private facebook group boasts 343 members, and you’ll have to put in a request to be able to join the fun.
It’s full of Aussie and Kiwi expats living in the state now, or who have lived there some time in the past. It’s a social group where you can whinge about whatever you want, find out where to get the best coffee and get advice from someone who’s been there longer!
This one’s for you Sarah, or at least anything I find in Orange County is. There seems to be a lot of Aussies out there (and at least TWO Aussie pie shops!) so fingers crossed that there’s also a lot of groups for you to join! And Marie asked for some groups in West LA. I’m feeling slightly less confident, which is strange since there’s a million articles screaming about Aussies “taking over” West LA.
This seems like the place to be if you’re an Aussie living in the City of Angels. It’s got a lot of recent posts and invitations to parties, posts selling things and people asking for advice: the cornerstones of any good expat community!
It all takes place in a public facebook group with around 845 members.
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I’m getting a bit sick of searching “Aussie’s In…”. Mostly because a fair whack of the search results end up being dog breeders and communities of dog owners. This is NOT one of those. So you can breathe easy!
It is, however, a private facebook group (nominated by Karlenea) that has almost 8,100 members:
“The aim of the group is not only to find accommodation or sell things to other members but also to meet others in a similar situation — living in a new country can be daunting and challenging! We filter through group requests, respond to any dodgy posts and try to help others out where we can.”
And then there’s Milkwaukee… you’re not going to be happy with this one either.
The group’s between webmasters at the moment, so don’t be deterred, just sign up for the mailing list, which Bob says has more than 120 Aussie recipients at the moment. Then wander over and join them for one of their get-togethers:
Australia Day: The Sunday closest to January 26.
ANZAC Day: Morning service on April 25, followed by breakfast (rug up for the cold though)
Christmas in July: Sunday closest to July 25 (I wish we had one of these in San Francisco!)
Christmas for Orphans: Christmas dinner for Aussies/Commonwealthers who have no family in Fort Collins.
Bob also tells me there’s a mouth watering Pie Shop in Fort Collins. Go there, tell me all about it, make me jealous!
You’ll be happy to know that the facebook page seems to be pretty active, so it’s not one of those groups that launches with a lot of steam and then fizzles out.
Poor Paula hasn’t come across one other Australian in all her time in Rapid City. While finding a support group in Rapid City might be a big ask, surely we can rustle up some fellow Aussies in the state!
It might be a tiny group but it’s better than nothing.This private facebook group has just six members, but I’m not a member so I can’t really tell you how active they are. I can tell you that they also have a twitter account: @AussiesInSD, with a very interesting post about Four’N Twenty pies right now, that you’ll definitely want to check out.
VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA
Another private facebook group! This time with 285 members. I have a question though. What’s with all of these group descriptions mentioning “keeping the accent pure?”. I’m all for keeping my Strine, but the whole keeping a “pure” accent deal, makes me a little uncomfortable. Maybe it’s just me though.
“G’day folks! (Before joining pls read info below)
Welcome to VA‘s group for Aussie (&Kiwi) expats living locally (now or previously). This is the community to help connect you to some LOCAL “down-under sanity” & insight. Expats’ spouses/partners & kids are welcome.
Let’s keep in touch to help keep the accent pure, remember the meat pie, always have the Vegie on hand. Gatherings, shindigs & social what-not is encouraged – whatever gets us together to raise our glasses (containing REAL Aussie bevys) to the Southern Cross, or have a chat over a cuppa, even some arvo tea perhaps?”
Hold onto your horses kids, because West Virginia has its own version of the above group, with pretty much the same description. Actually, it has exactly the same description. The only real difference seems to be a lack of Aussies in West Virginia. There’s 14 members in this group.
I guess it would have helped if I searched Washington as well. Then I would have found this association first go! This website looks like it’s updated fairly regularly and works to coordinate social events and Aussie celebrations.
It also has a mailing list that you can join for all the news. Most of the members live in the tri-state area (which sounds like some kind of Bermuda Triangle but is actually just Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.
NEW YORK CITY
Strap yourselves in, I get the feeling this one is going to be a loooooong list.
With a cool 7,905 members, this closed facebook group takes the grand prize. It’s the biggest one that I’ve found so far, so you can expect it to be a little rowdy.
“A network of Aussies in NYC, living here or just passing through. This is a place where we can connect with each other about happenings in NYC, share recommendations on where to go, and any advice on the Big Apple.“
If you prefer something a little less crowded, and perhaps a bit more sedate, I present you the Australians in NY – NY USA private facey group. Open to all Aussie and Kiwi expats who currently live in the state or who trooped through at some stage in their lives.
This group is also open to the spouses and kids of Aussies and Kiwi’s in NY. It also has its own twitter account: @AussiesInNY.
Poor Kiwi’s. They don’t even rate a mention in the group name.
Natalie hit me with a challenge. She pretty much said that there wouldn’t be anyone in Minnesota. I like it when someone throws down the gauntlet. So, Natalie, I give you:
Boom! Challenge accepted!
These guys are OLD. By that I mean they’ve been around a while. Since 1977 in fact. You’ll have to share the group with Kiwi’s but I’m sure you’ll be fine with that. Plus you’re going to be disappointed to find out that you’ve just missed out on their Melbourne Cup shindig!
They celebrate Australia Day and Waitangi Day and schedule a few social events throughout the year. They’re 77-members strong and waiting for you to join up!
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