Staying in touch with friends and family at home

Many of my friends live in another country than me. Staying in touch with them isn’t as easy as having your best friend living next door. I lived in different countries and I experienced myself how difficult it can be staying in touch with loved ones. I moved to England in 2007 two months after my seventeenth birthday, leaving my best friends and my family behind. It wasn’t easy, but I was excited to discover a new country, improve my English and make new friends.

I lived in Sevenoaks with an English family who did not speak German and went to the local school together with people from different countries but no one in my class spoke German. From Day One in England I had to speak English, from the time I got up until the evening when I went to sleep. The family I was staying with allowed me one twenty minute phone call every week, I had five minutes to call my parents, five minutes to call my aunt and the rest had to split between calling my friends. Social networks weren’t as popular back then as they are today and calling phones abroad was very expensive with my mobile phone. I wish I had known about Lebara back then, an affordable mobile phone provider who makes it their mission to support migrants living abroad. Due the nature of my profession, I could end up working in any country and the last thing I want to worry about is about how to stay in touch with my loved ones.

Lebara is part of the Lebara Group and was founded in 2001 by Rasiah R Leon, Baskaran Kandiah and Ratheesa Yoganathan who shared a vision to shake up the international calling market and to bring happiness to the lives of migrant communities all over the world by making their lives easier. Their ambition is it to care for the migrant community, supporting them on their journey by providing innovative experiences that directly relate to their lives. What’s one of the main things you want to do when you live abroad, possibly when you moved on your own or just with your closest family? Of course you want to stay in touch with your family at home, but many phone providers are expensive and you are rushed in telling your family at home all about the new country, your work or the people you have met.

I am now back in Cologne and I am glad to have the opportunity to not only call my friends back in England, but also in Switzerland, Turkey and the Middle East as well as the States for a small amount of money. Staying in touch with your family and friends abroad should be affordable and Lebara makes it possible.

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  1. May 30, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing. A friend of mine is going to live in New York for 6 months. It's not that long but everyone is already wondering how we'll stay in touch. Some of us actually want to write her old fashion letters haha, Seems like fun.

    xx Izzy | Qthee

  2. May 31, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    She's a student so she will be studying there for a while 🙂

    xx Izzy

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