Buddy Network Pro


The Buddy Network Pro program is designed to support the long-term integration of international employees in Upper Austria.

Companies hiring international experts usually find themselves in a challenging situation where they need to support employees outside the working environment (e.g. bureaucratic affairs, social integration, recreational opportunities), while facing limited internal resources to do so and lacking a network to the international community. Thus, the program focuses on matching an international expert with a local, a so-called "Buddy" who knows the ropes and is keen to help the newcomer settle into the new environment. 



 

Buddy Network Pro

The concept is based on a local (an Upper Austrian as a Buddy) teaming up with an International who just moved here. It will encourage your international employee in the following areas:

  • taking part in social life, developing friendships and building a supportive network
  • familiarization with local traditions, associations and customs
  • experiencing the beauty of Upper Austria and what types of recreational activities it offers

The goal is to make the International feel at home, enhance the society’s cultural openness and to develop the international community in Upper Austria.

 

Your company will benefit by:

  • Easing the workload of your HR-department
    Personal questions and uncertainties will be addressed by the Buddy
  • More focus on the job
    Extra support for Internationals minimizes distractions during working hours and enhances productivity
  • A decrease of early drop-outs
    Supporting and fostering an International’s personal integration leads to a richer experience during their stay
  • Improving your local staff’s skills
    As a Buddy, local employees will take advantage of a multicultural community influencing language skills, cultural understanding, working styles, creativity …

 


How does it work and what do we need to do?

 

 1) Nominate ...


  • a Buddy and an International
    (participation cost: € 400.00)
  • an International
    (participation cost: € 700.00)
  • a local employee as a Buddy
    (for free)

 
 Is there anything to consider?
 Yes - there are some key criteria.
 The International needs to:

  • become involved in the local social life
  • embrace the new culture

 

 Selected Buddies need to:

  • be fluent in English
  • have the willingness to take the time needed to help the International
  • display openess and desire to happily spend time with the International

 2) Suggest ...


 ... the program and its goals to your
 colleagues of choice and check their
 willingness for participation.


 Please clarify that the program itself is:

  • limited to one year
  • at least five hours of 
    socializing per month
  • based on the idea to have a
    match that continuously wishes to spend quality time together 

 
Hence, attitude is key!

 

 3) Register ...

 
 ... your nominated employee(s) here >>
  

 Please note that this registration is
 considered as declaration of consent
 
to actively take part in the program
 based on the intention described in the
 middle box.

 The registration via online database is
 possible only for HR Managers. For
 questions please contact
 Welcome2Upper Austria.  

 

 

After briefing your nominated colleagues/ employees to ensure there is an understanding of expectations and goals, the Welcome2Upper Austria Service Center will take care of the rest.

The matching of an International with a local Buddy will be based upon the following criteria:

  • Different employer | social relations outside the working environment
  • Distance | get-togethers within 30 minutes
  • Age | difference of a maximum of 10 years
  • Interests | shared hobbies for a common ground
  • a Buddy's preference regarding language/culture (if possible)

 

Welcome2Buddy Network Pro

 

After teaming up, the Welcome2Upper Austria Service Center will inform everyone involved,
and we can get this adventure started!

 

In cooperation with:

 Land Oberösterreich

The Buddy Network concept proved itself already at universities where international students receive support from local ones. The Welcome2Upper Austria Service Center is happy to apply this idea in the professional world and aims to assign an open-minded, English speaking and well settled Upper Austrian to you.

 

We want to make you feel at home in Upper Austria and therefore the Buddy Network Pro is here to help you settle in by:

  • introducing local customs and habits
  • establishing social ties
  • joining clubs (sport, music, culture...)
  • providing assistance with everyday challenges
  • benefiting from and doing favors

 

The matching process of Buddy and International will consider the following criteria:

  • Different employer | social relations outside the working environment
  • Distance | get-togethers within 30 minutes
  • Age | difference of max. 10 years
  • Interests | shared hobbies for a common ground
  • a Buddy's preference regarding language/culture (if possible)

 

The aim is to establish a social life outside of your professional environment!

 

Be aware:
The program itself is limited to one year and asks for at least five hours of socializing per month. However, the main aim is the development of friendships as well as the establishment of an international community that makes you feel at home in Upper Austria. Therefore a corresponding attitude towards the project's goal is essential.

 

Are you interested?
For further information please contact the Welcome2Upper Austria Service Center. For registration we kindly ask you to get in touch with your HR department!

 

We are looking forward to welcoming you in the Buddy Network Pro Community!

The Buddy Network Pro is a concept already well known from universities, based on local students spending time with foreign ones. The Welcome2Upper Austria Service Center applies this proved program to the professional world and intends to match you as a Buddy with an expert from abroad who moved to Upper Austria for work purposes.

 

Buddies play a key role in the life of an International in their new environment: The aim is to make an International feel at home by:

  • being a friend
  • aiding in everyday challenges
  • doing the odd favor now and then
  • actively participating in their social life

    But what is in it for you? This program will help you:
  • improve and/or practice your language skills
  • make international friends
  • get to know other cultures and integrate your international experiences in your job
  • benefit from a rewarding voluntary commitment
  • extend your global mindset and profit from a cultural exchange
  • prepare yourself for a stay abroad

 

Is there anything I have to consider?

  • be fluent in English
  • have an opend-minded attitude
  • show interest in a cultural exchange
  • show a willingness to integrate the International into your social life and leisure time activities
  • provide help when needed

 

The matching process of Buddy and International will consider the following criteria:

  • Different employer | social relations outside the working environment
  • Distance | get-togethers within 30 minutes
  • Age | difference of a maximum of 10 years
  • Interests | shared hobbies for a common ground
  • a Buddy's preference regarding language/culture (if possible)

 

Be aware:
The program itself is limited to one year and asks for at least five hours of socializing per month. However, the basic idea is the establishment of friendships and the joy of showing someone new around. Thus, a positive attitude towards the project's goals is the most important!

 

Are you interested?
Please get in touch with your HR department! In case you are interested in a private participation, we kindly ask you to contact the Welcome2Upper Austria Service Center.

 

We are looking forward to welcoming you in the Buddy Network Pro Community!