Internations: la piattaforma che permette agli stranieri di integrarsi nella città che vivono. Il racconto dell’ambassador napoletano
a cura di Francesca Ferrara @netnewsmaker © RIPRODUZIONE RISERVATA
Ho incontrato l’ambassador della comunità napoletana in un caldo pomeriggio estivo durante un giro sul Batò Naples e le ho chiesto di raccontarmi la sua esperienza di event organizer della piattaforma social dedicata agli stranieri: InterNations.
Lomè Galliano: «InterNations is a simple but brilliant idea: connecting foreigners living in a city between them and with locals, so that nobody feels alone.
Every month the Ambassador organizes an official meeting and each member can take part to it, to facilitate integration, friendships, connections and networking. Every other member can also organize other group activities, according to their interests. All to help people to learn another culture. Basically, your city becomes the destination of a constant trip, you meet people of any culture and nationality even if you stay home, and your next best friend could be from anywhere but Naples or Italy. It’s an exceptional experience and a wonderful opportunity.
The Naples community is still small, many friends left and new will arrive but we steadily increase and organizing meetings that allow people to make connections, both professional and personal, is challenging but also gratifying. Many ask me why I do it, as if I am not busy enough! Well, I lived abroad for a while and sometimes I have experienced loneliness in a foreign country. InterNations would have helped me to make me feel welcome. This is the most important feeling. And it’s also important that people keep going to the events even when they feel integrated, as it helps new people to have the same opportunity.
The Ambassador activity is stimulating. The major challenge is finding venues for a community that aims to be different from other social networks and often is more challenging to make local people realize that diversity is an opportunity, from several points of view. And this is how you become the link between your city and an international world in your city!»