Expand your social circle in the East Timor

Hello everyone,

Moving to the East Timor means leaving one's family and friends behind. Creating a circle of friends or joining an existing one should therefore be paramount in order to fight loneliness in your host country.

But how can one develop a social network in the East Timor? Where and how to meet people there?

How easy is it to meet locals? What about cultural specificities?

Share your advice and experience!

Many thanks in advance,



I have been living here in Dili, Timor-Leste for two years now. I made new friends through my church, my embassy. Some people make friends when they go to sports events (cycling) or places for hang-outs (like bars, etc.)

To meet with locals normally, we just go the the market, shopping places, etc. I cannot really comment on cultural specificity because I don't really have a strong grasp on the subject. Perhaps, others would like to chip in?

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