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How To Get A Pen Pal From Another Country?
Before the advent of the Internet people used to send letters through the mail. This is the method I used for corresponding with the approximately ten pen pals back in the 1990's. Most of my pen pals were from Europe and Africa, but I remember being really sad because I truly wanted a pen pal from the South Pacific. The way that I obtained my first pen pals was by applying with an organization called International Pen Friends, which is dedicated to the art of traditional letter writing. At this time I am not going to reapply with this organization because I am happy enough with corresponding with people online, but I truly recommend International Pen Friends for those who have never written or received an international snail mail letter.
Every month or so I used to look forward to receiving letters from my pen friends, and the best part was sending and receiving small presents. I still have a beautiful black cat figurine that my Norwegian pen pal sent me in 1993, and that along with the Norwegian chocolates she sent we always be a fond memory. My Norwegian pen pal loved Native American history and was unable to obtain a book called the Ishi, In Two Words, which is the story about a Yahi man that was the last of his tribe. A small band of people from the Yahi tribe hid from white settlers after seeing other Native Americans killed. Unfortunately, the other people of Ishi's band died, and he was the last one to survive and tell his story.
Some people have had pen pals from exotic locales such as Pitcairn Island, which is something I would find interesting myself. I find the history and culture of Pitcairn island fascinating since the most recent inhabitants are descendants of the HMAV Bounty. Over the years people have been intrigued with Pitcairn Island's history and have written to anyone who would respond on the island. In years past Pitcairn Island had a larger population of two hundred plus people, but today the population has twindled to around sixty with heavy immigration to New Zealand because job opportunities are limited on the island.
However both in the past and present people have corresponding with Pitcairners, but the methods for doing so have changed. In the past people wrote letters because that was the preferred method of communication, but today people mostly exchanged emails. When I joined a Yahoo group about Pitcairn culture and history three years ago I was very excited because I got to talk with people all over the world who knew about the history and culture of Pitcairn Island.
From time to time we have even been able to chat with people who live on Pitcairn Island, however they do not come on the Yahoo discussion board as often as others because they are occupied with their home businesses and handicrafts. One thing I have always admired about the people of Pitcairn is their dedication to the arts and handicrafts, and how their economy is sustained by the sell of these lovely items. Joining this Yahoo group about Pitcairn history and culture has resulted in several pen pal relationships I have had with people online. I do not write to these people consistently, but from time to time we discuss different aspects of Pitcairn history and culture on the discussion board and via email. Thus, if you have passion for a specific historical topic or any other topic, Yahoo groups will help you to meet like minded people from around the world.
Another way to obtain an online pen pal is by going to the website Interpals, which is a website dedicated to helping people find free pen pals online. Back in 2006 I used this site and met a pen pal from Japan, so it is possible to meet people from around the world on this site.
Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are also other options for meeting people online. Some people are very cautious and say you should only add contacts you know from real life on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, but I think this is cutting you off from the opportunity of meeting new people. One can be cautious and add new friends on social networking sites, but just check out their profile to make sure they are a real person and not a spambot.
Random contacts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have resulted in several pen pals, and one man I know from Australia is someone I met on Facebook years ago. He is a wonderful person, which proves the point that it is possible to meet new and decent friends online. However, caution is still the name of the game and I would not tell these people everything about yourself right off the bat. Get to know these people and follow common safety tips. Finding a pen pal online is possible and one of the interesting and educational aspects of online social networking.
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