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Staying Connected With Family & Friends With Skype

Keeping in touch with family and friends is so important to our family. With family members serving as U.S. Diplomats overseas it’s really important that we stay connected. I also live 2,000 miles away form my best friend and even though we talk regularly on the phone I love actually seeing her face when I talk to her. With Skype I can easily see her as we talk and even our kiddos can interact with one another. It’s such an easy way to really connect with family and friends and I think it’s just another wonderful way to connect.

Right now we have two family members who are living in remote parts of Africa doing work for the U.S. State Department, with not getting to see them in the states that often Skype is another useful way we keep connected. Even if they are halfway around the world you can keep in touch with anyone easily and that’s why I’ve been using Skype for the past few years. Skype is also affordable so I can easily keep in touch with friends and family for a minimal subscription.

What I really like about Skype is that I can connect via my mobile phone and always stay connected. I can talk to my kiddos while away on a business trip to even talk to a friend while my girls play at the park.

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Just like this story of Denis who is using Skype to stay connected. When Denis left Uganda, the last thing he wanted was to be a stranger to his family. And good news … he isn’t. He still sees their smiles, swaps stories and offers advice, all from eight thousand miles away. Through Skype, he’s able to remain head of the household as the eldest son and continue to raise his adopted son, Simon. In his new life in America, Denis is pursuing a master’s degree in Human Services Administration and is very active in youth and human rights causes. Like Denis we stay connected with our family even though we are far away.

Check out this video featuring Denis and his story!

How are you staying connected to family and friends who are far away?

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Skype via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skype.


  1. Pam Bracey on August 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Still learning how to use Skype, but the few experiences I’ve had with it were amazing! My friend gave me a tour of her new apartment with it. Pretty fun 🙂

  2. April C. on June 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I can’t use it since I don’t have a camera on my desktop, but it would be great to use with relatives who live all over the world

  3. Tammy S on June 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I have only used Skype a couple of times. I am still pretty new to it. both my kids are better at using it then I am. My daughter actually used it several times to Skype with my husband for homework help. LOL I hope to get better at using it so when my husband travels I can skype with him instead of just talking on the phone.

  4. jamie braun@gmail.com on June 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    i actually just started out on skype. still learning the ropes! my sister moved out of state, so it is great to get to see my nieces and nephews this way!