…told by our founder
The idea for GloberWeb.com occurred as I was preparing to become an expat yet again. I was born in Bulgaria and later moved to the United States where I went to university, got my MBA and built a great career. It was in Chicago where I met my husband and a few years later we were packing to move to Beijing due to his job. I was about to become an expat yet again, start over once more, which would turn out to be a way of life for our family.
After reflecting on my experience and thinking of what the next round might be like, I came to an epiphany and founded GloberWeb.com in 2016. The idea evolved while I was in Beijing and took shape alongside my own expat experiences, challenges and opportunities.
After arriving to Beijing, I found myself starting a new life at a place so wonderful but so incredibly different than everything I knew. As an expat, you have to build a new social circle, make new friends, learn a new culture and how to function in it… So I started looking for classes in Chinese culture, language, traditional arts and so on to understand my new home and meet new friends with similar interests.
I found this task to be difficult. First, I tried searching online but since most of the venues are small businesses, they were hard to find in search engines or the information I found was outdated. I had to keep scrolling up and down in social media groups and asking everyone I meet if they would recommend a place. It all came to be a word-of-mouth game… but the tricky part is: when you know few people, you have few options.
This is how GloberWeb.com took shape – out of necessity. A necessity to have one platform where expats can search for cultural classes, gyms, sports, arts and many other activities catering to the expat community, tested and recommended by other expats.
Along the way…
We discovered that venturing into activities and workshops has even deeper benefit for people (expats and locals alike). It is a way to find yourself, to maintain your sanity, your mental health and at the same time foster creativity, boost innovation and imagination in all spheres of life.
GloberWeb.com started as my humble attempt to make a difference. Quickly it became a community that inspires each other and makes the world feel home.
Together WE make a difference.