Networking site exclusively for expats is seeking members

An online community exclusively for expats already has 400 members in Costa Rica, and is seeking more.

The organization is InterNations, and membership is by invitation only.

The organization describes itself as the online community exclusively for expatriates and global minds based on over 250 cities worldwide. A get-together for those who may be interested in becoming members is scheduled for Thursday in Escazú.

The local contact, which InterNations calls an ambassador, is Monique van Hussen. She is an independent consultant with more than 24 years working experience in trade, development cooperation, press and cultural activities in Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Panamá in the private and public sector. She worked for the Netherlands Embassy for 24 years, and in her position as Trade, Cultural and Press Officer gained much knowledge in foreign and domestic affairs, networking, trade fairs, and cultural matters, InterNations said.

She said that those who would like to attend the Escazú event can contact her at

InterNations maintains a Web site.

The organization said that global minds are welcome to join the network of like-minded people within a community of trust and confidence, connecting expatriates with other expats in Costa Rica. The Web site notes that unlike some social networking communities, fake names are forbidden and that the initial signup is free. The site also contains a listing of businesses geared to expats.

Ms. van Hussen said in an announcement of the Thursday meeting:

The members of InterNations are diplomats, managers and employees of multinational companies, IGO’s and NGO’s, foreign correspondents as well as their families. They are well-educated, career-oriented, dynamic and internationally mobile — true global minds. We are present in more than 250 local expatriate communities around the world uniting members of 180 nationalities; we recently hit the 400,000 members mark. On the InterNations Web site, expatriates can find advice on expat life and local support all over the world. Our guide and the local forums offer helpful tips on places to see and things to know for expats.

InterNations provides a unique platform for expatriates to network and interact within a cosmopolitan community geared towards the special needs of expatriates, said the Web site.

Ms. van Hussen notes that she was born in the Netherlands, crossed the Atlantic in the early 80’s and has made Costa Rica her home for the past 30 years.

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