This non-profit, volunteer association aims to help entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs “to be” to gain access to new and valuable skills, through workshops, networking, and real opportunities to showcase their products and services. Based in Paris’ western suburb of Yvelines, come and meet like-minded women who want to share their knowledge and experience as business-owners in France.
Metro: La Motte Picquet Grenelle (lines 6, 8, 10)
One of Paris’ oldest Anglophone associations bringing together expats, new and old, through year round cultural, educational and social activities and events. WICE keeps the mind sharp, the body active and the spirit alive. Join the internationally known writer’s workshop, book club, learn a language or participate in an art class, walking tour or wine tasting.
A non-profit, fully volunteer-run, network of global organizations wishing to advance women in leadership. The federation of 24 networks is present in 19 countries with 90 nationalities, and over 1,000 members in Paris. They hold numerous events throughout the year in both English and French to foster the personal and professional growth of it’s diverse network of women (and men).
Metro: Iéna (line 9), Trocedéro (lines 6 and 9)
You never have to feel alone or do it alone. AAWE is one of the longest running non-profit volunteer associations of (mostly) American women based long-term in France. Their varied social activities include: US-themed children’s parties, book groups, cultural outings, community fundraisers and much more.
Apart from its community gatherings, the association works diligently to remain the recognized leading resource for bilingual and international educational information in France. Their publications include: “Beyond the Bac: Higher Education in France and Abroad” and “Guide to Education in France, 8th Edition.” These are must have guides for international families living here with children in school.
Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9)
The largest English-language lending library on the European continent, the ALP is more than just a library. It hosts popular evenings with authors and singers, organizes reading groups for toddlers, children and adults as well as offers writing workshops for teenagers. The super friendly staff serves more than 2,500 members from more than 60 different countries.
The Women of Success (TWS) is a network of professional women created by business and life coach Dawn Z Bournand (founder of Fabulously Successful). The network offers valuable peer support, shares tips, tools and techniques for creating a fulfilling life and business, and offers opportunities for members to help each other grow professionally and personally.
Benenova makes it incredibly simple to match you with volunteer opportunities in the field so you can get involved whenever you can, in a friendly atmosphere and with the assurance of being both well received and 100% useful.
Just browse their calendar and pick a project that best suits your interests and availability, then join the other volunteers on D-Day! The association launched its first pilot actions in 2013, and how has a community of over 8500 volunteers supporting over 230 collective projects each month in Île de France, Nantes and Lille. Their website is in English and in French.
Do you love children’s books and writing or illustrating for children? Join SCBWI France, a professional association open to both published and unpublished writers/illustrators. SCBWI organizes a wide range of activities, including evenings with children’s book publishers, authors and illustrators, writers’ workshops, exhibitions of works by illustrators in the group and writing contests.
When you join, as a member, you benefit from preferential rates for participation in all SCBWI events worldwide, which offer an invaluable network for improving your craft and sharing your work.
Metro: Vavin (line 4)
Founded in 1973 as an international, non-partisan association with members in 46 countries. Advocates on vital topics that affect overseas Americans such as: taxation, absentee voting, citizenship, representation, Social Security, and Medicare.
Telephone call center staffed with English-speaking volunteers, who are trained and supported by psychologists and ready to listen to your worries. It’s completely confidential and available from 3-11pm daily, either by telephone or Skype.
Remember campfires, patches, leadership training and plenty of fun workshops and lifelong friendships? The Paris overseas branch provides a community filled with activity for American girls living abroad. It’s one of the USA Girl Scouts Overseas chapters that are located in 90 countries around the world. More than 5,000 girls living in the Paris region have joined the ranks since its start in 1949.
Metro: Vavin (line 4)
A fixture in the expat community in Paris since 1949, AWG Paris is the longest standing organization of American women in France. It welcomes all English-speaking women of any nationality. With a mission to foster and encourage social, educational and cultural activities among English-speaking women in France, whether you will be in Paris for a month, a year, or a lifetime, AWG Paris could be the place for you!
Metro: St-Phillipe-du-Roule (line 9)
A social and cultural club open to women who are, or who are married to, British or Commonwealth nationals. Their clubhouse in the heart of Paris includes a lending library of English books for its members, as well as space for their many regular weekly activities.
Metro: Invalides (lines 8 and 13)
Founded nearly forty years ago, in 1978, the Canadian Women’s Group in Paris aims to enhance your enjoyment of Paris through valuable friendships and new experiences with fellow Canadian women residing in France. They organize a wide range of activities such as guided visits of Paris’ many beautiful sites and museums, outings to the theater, concerts and operas, as well as book and bridge clubs. To keep their members informed, a monthly newsletter is published and monthly meetings keep members active throughout the year.
A private co-opted membership club founded in 1996 to enable women of different nationalities living in and around Paris to share their cultures in a friendly environment. It offers a wide variety of activities and functions for members by members.
Whether you are a brand new mother needing some breastfeeding support or an “old” experienced mother anxious to start-up a career again in your adopted country, Message has the help you need. Established in 1984 by six English-speaking, expatriate women living in Paris, the association has grown to over 2000 members in 30 years. Their goal is to provide support and a network for English–speaking parents living in Paris.
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