Riga Expat Buddy Service

Moving to Latvia on your own? Meeting people in a new place can be one of the toughest challenges for an expat. I know from first-hand experience.

As a Riga expat buddy, I combine my love of socialising, passion for the city and vast local network to help you get comfortable with your new life here, find enjoyable things to do and move towards building your own circle.

What I offer

Coffee & chat meetings to answer your questions about life in Riga, the social and cultural sides of the city (1 – 1 ½ hours)
Walk & talk meetups to help you navigate your neighbourhood, the supermarket and public transport (1 – 2 hours)
Curated tips based on your interests
Online calls before your arrival.

I’d recommend starting with a call, meeting for a coffee & chat when you’ve arrived and opting for my curated tips after that. E-mail me at hello(at)lifeinriga.com for a quote!

What I don’t cover

Unfortunately, I don’t have the legal know-how to help you navigate these processes and would rather not over-promise! Here’s what I can’t help with:

Finding an apartment (but you can read about my personal experience of buying property here)
Opening a bank account
Registering a company
Handling any kind of paperwork e.g. utility contracts, residency permits etc. (but you can read guest author Tabatha’s post on getting a residence permit here)
Arranging doctors’ appointments (but you can read my tips on finding a doctor here).

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Why choose me to be your Riga expat buddy?

I’ve been through the experience of moving to a new country more than once. I was born in Australia to Latvian parents, took my first international flight at just two months old and have never stopped travelling.

We moved to Latvia when I was seven, but I jetted off again after high school to study in the UK. Having spent almost seven years abroad with periods in Belgium and Canada, I decided to return to Latvia with my then-partner in tow. I helped him get somewhat comfortable with life in Riga and he helped me deal with the reverse culture shock. Life in Riga was born out of this experience.

For years, I worked for the Latvian tourism board but now manage my own time. There’s never a dull moment at my place as I host overnight guests, home dinners for travellers and people needing a short-term rental in Riga for a few months. I truly thrive on socialising and helping people.

I look forward to hearing from you at hello(at)lifeinriga.com and welcoming you to Riga!