Tuesday, March 9, 2010

InterNations - Germany

Maintaining a network of personal trust, where privacy protection and data security rank top among the project's priorities, InterNations is an international social network service reaching out to expatriates around the world: members of IGOs and NGOs, foreign correspondents, diplomats, multinational companies' employees and their family members, local residents with strong ties to this community, and students are some of the groups catered for by this endeavor. The online platform of InterNations uses a strict invitation-based policy where members and their families living and working abroad can interact through forums, newsgroups, a private messaging service and other common social networking tools. Points of strong interest are international relations and international business with focus specifically on issues like relocation, foreign affairs, expatriate housing and institutions, socializing and leisure. Not uncommon are user-generated guides for every local community features, such as restaurants, clubs, expatriate institutions and health care. Of particular interest are intercultural programs offering under-privileged students from all over the world the opportunity to live abroad and receive an international education. With an international mindset and a multicultural background or place of residence, this young start-up company claims, as of 2009, over 100,000 users in more than 250 cities around the world.

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