When living abroad, speaking the language would be a first step in meeting local people. This was the main aim of the EU-financed VoLANGteer scheme between 2008 and 2010.
VoLANGteer brought together local native-speakers of Galician (in Spain) or Frisian (in the Netherlands) with foreigners interested in learning those languages. Participants were paired up for 20 weeks in language-learning sessions of 2 hours, consisting of conversation and cultural activities.
The foreign learners were mostly students and young people on Erasmus scholarships, but the programme was open to people of any age staying in the community.
Find out more about the programme on: http://www.volangteer.info/index.html