9 Facebook Groups Every Expat in Spain Needs to Join

Call me old fashioned, but I still find lots of value in the Facebook community. Unlike those who have come before it, RIP Myspace, there are groups that are not only thriving, but creating spaces both online and offline. In my opinion, Facebook offers more of an all emompasing experience, whereas with Instagram it's more visual and immediate. On Facebook you get to share as much, or as little, as you like and the interface facilitates connection. You can find old classmates, college professors, and people with common shared interests no matter how niche they may be.

 Photo by  William Iven

Photo by William Iven

That said, there's promise there. Shout out to the curators who keep these groups alive and active. Just like with the myriad of webpages, not all sites (or groups) are engaged, let alone engaging.

If you'd rather spend your time actually forming these connections than sorting through the balderdash, let's cut straight to the point, here are the groups that I recommend.

9 Facebook Groups Every Expat in Spain Should Join

 

For English Teachers in Madrid (or Spain)

Auxiliares de conversación en MADRID (The Original)

What to expect: Over 16 thousand (and counting) current and former expats in Madrid and beyond who share tips, warnings (think: academy black list, etc.) and overall moral support. You may run into the occasional troll, but the Admins of this group are active and quite vigilant.

 

WOC Expats

Expat Women of Color

What to expect: This group has lots of potential. You could possibly meet your next sister-friend here! Although the group is quite large, engagement is sometimes lacking. That's where you come in! The Admin does a great job of asking intriguing questions. You may even catch the occaisional job listing too!
 

Bloggers & Writers

InterCom Spain: Networking and job posts in international communication ICC

What to expect: A group of talented freelancers and writers looking to share job leads, tips and resources! All of the jobs are in the field of communications.

 

Madrid Blogger Network

What to expect: Bloggers both novice and veteran, who want to find resources for things like engagement growth, SEO and SEM and email marketing hacks. They highlight a blog each week and host informative events all related to the wonderfully complex world of blogging!

 

Foodies

Eat Out Madrid

What to expect: Mouth-watering photos and recommendations from people who really care about food. If you're ever in doubt about what to eat, or where to find a particular food (or style of food) look no further! The thoughtful Admins also organize periodic group lunches and dinners!
 

Vegan Ventures in Madrid

What to expect: If you're vegan in Madrid, just go ahead and add yourself to this group. Looking for vegan leather? How about canned jackfruit? Need a recommendation for vegan brunch? They've got you covered.
 

Long-Term Expats

Madrid Mums

What to expect: If you stay in a place long enough to call it home, you may find yourself having kids there too! That doesn't mean that your social life has to come to a screeching halt. This group is ideal for moms or expecting moms who want reviews on schools or summer camps. There are also threads on organized play dates, women looking for advice and to see gently used baby items!
 

Spain Immigration and Residency Questions - SpainGuru.es

What to expect: What I appreciate most about this group is that there's no speculation. The knowledgable Admins encourage and require people to answer while also citing their sources. While trying to navigate the convoluted world that is Spanish residency and life, it's groups like these that make it a bit more bearable.

 

Women who want to find Friends & Community

Madrid: Girl Gone International

What to expect: Fun, open, and thoughtful international and diverse women who organize frequent events and meet-ups. This is one of the most active groups I've seen and you'll find everything from gyno recommendations to wine tasting events!

Here are 9 Facebook groups to get you started! Wishing you all the luck, all the internet besties and the best advice that the comments section is capable of providing!

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Danni, Community + Content Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful husband. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.