We kick off Season 3 of the show by welcoming our newest team member to Migration Media, Michelle Ibarra! Her show, Pop Abroad, explores the keys to finding success and living your best life overseas. The show's first season explores the importance of community in our lives and how successful people have built theirs. Her own desire for community led her to the organization Girl Gone International, where she's thrived as the Shanghai-based Community Manager for Asia & Oceania. Along the way, she's had stints in Argentina, South Korea and Europe, and now she says that she might be ready for some time back in the US. But I'm not sure if I believe her. Given how good she is at the whole community-building thing, I think that her call to live overseas hasn't quite expired yet.

Check out Michelle's podcast, "Pop Abroad", or by searching for it wherever you get your podcasts! You can also follow Michelle on Instagram at @PopAbroad. Learn more about Girl Gone International and search for a chapter near you by visiting them online, or on all of the social media places:

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WeChat: China's main social messaging and media app. Forget facebook, instagram and paypal. WeChat is all of those rolled into one and much more. 

WeChat has group chats which are large group text messages of up to 500 people per group. The group functions as a source of information for everyone in the chat. Anyone can start a chat but maintaning and moderating a mini-community is another thing. 

Michelle Ibarra, founder of Podbabes has gotten together with some of Shanghai's best group owners and admins to discuss the ins and outs of WeChat groups. 

PART ONE: What are WeChat groups and the role of the group owner and admins

4:00 – The role of the admin on WeChat groups

8:00 – Admins on the importance of the WeChat group notice

13:00 – On people sharing the admin’s personal contact information/contact cards

PART TWO: How to be a good WeChat group chat member

17:50 - The legalities of WeChat and our responsibilities as WeChat members

19:00 – Group notice! Read, read, read!

20:00 – What language should I type in?

22:00 – How do you ask questions in group chats?

25:00 – Favoriting, search history and scroll function

27:00 – Adding new people into group chats

35:00 - 1-to-1 Conversations in group chats

40:00 - Are voice notes okay to send in group chats?

47:00 – How to promote in group chats

56:00 – Finding apartments on WeChat

1:03 – Don’t forget to join the events

Join Ladies Treats Add Josephine on WeChat: JosephineBFR

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Join GGI – Girl Gone International: GirlGoneInternational

Podbabes is a new community and podcast started in Shanghai, China by Michelle Ibarra. The goal is to spread info and knowledge about women who live, love and create podcasts in the land of the dragon.

Community organizer Michelle Ibarra interviews the ladies from the Podcast Uncorked, a pod dedicated to highlighting the lives of Meghan and Kitso as they navigate and discuss their expat lifestyle in Shanghai, China. 

The ladies discuss their new podcast and their roots and why they came to China. They also dive into the future of Uncorked.

At the first podbabes meetup, Meghan and Kitso hosted and talked to listeners about their new adventure and how and why they started Uncorked

The next Podbabes meetup is July 2nd in Shanghai! Contact MichelleyIbarra on WeChat to join the club!

Follow Uncorked on iTunes, Spotify, Instagram & Twitter!

China is a big, crazy place! Especially as most Western social media is only accessible with a VPN service. We have got you covered though. GGI Asia & Oceania Regional Manager, Michelle Ibarra has gotten together with the GGI Shanghai crew to talk about all of the apps needed to survive the Middle Kingdom.

 From social messaging, WeChat is king and will be the best app for you and all of your family to download before you leave to stay in contact!

 It is also the electronic payment system, shopping, maps, and news source amongst many other things. It is the super app of China!

 Don't make the mistake of visiting China without downloading these as life will be a pain when you can't use Google maps, Facebook, or Instagram to help you navigate what to do and how to get around. 

Michelle was interviewed by China Business Cast before she took the stage at China’s largest WeChat Conference in English n 2017.


  • How WeChat communities get started

  • How Michelle started a group during an event

  • Question: Are you the manager in each group?

  • Tips on rules within the group

  • Question for Michelle: Do you verify and approve each person who joins each group?

  • What the questionnaire form is for members wanting to join

  • Do Michelle’s groups generate income or not

  • Michelle shares her process of checking the WeChat groups

  • How the WeChat groups are structured

  • Names and categories of the WeChat communities

  • Question: What other platforms are there?

  • Question: Has there been any negative incidents in one of your groups?

  • Tips for people wanting to start their own WeChat groups

  • How people can connect with Michelle Ibarra