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Expat Groups

Expat Contact
http://www.expatcontact.com
Los Angeles Chapter: losangeles@expatcontact.com
Chapters in Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, and Stockholm for the young professional expat. They organize events such as parties, pub nights, dinners, wine tours, football, and sailing. There’s also a job board and an online members board to introduce expats.

@llo Expat Los Angeles
http://www.alloexpat.com/moving_to_los_angeles_forum/
Post a question or read the forums for candid advice on living in LA.

Expats.com
http://www.expats.com
The world’s largest expat site for meetings, events, dating, and expat forums and separated in specific countries, e.g. Britishexpats.com.

Meet-up
http://www.meetup.com
Serves every taste and every demographic, including groups for expats. Usual get-togethers are at bars, restaurants, shows, or weekend activities. You can also start your own group.

Facebook

http://facebook.com
Facebook has numerous groups for expats, including the group Brits in LA which has more than eight hundred British and American fans. Find your own group by logging in, click on Groups, type in your key word into the Search box.

Here are other groups as examples;

Business and Professional Clubs

Australian-American Chamber of Commerce
American Australian Association - Supports Australian businesses in Los Angeles and encourages group support, awards of achievement, and best business practices in LA.
PO Box 5028 Santa Monica, CA 90409 Ph: 310-3101531
http://www.americanaustralian.org/california/

British-American Business Council
Non-profit organization that fosters alliances between UK and Californian businesses. Monthly social, business, and sporting events are held around LA.
11766 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1230,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 312-1962
http://www.babcla.org

Kiwis in LA
Information on New Zealanders businesses and social events.
http://www.kiwisinla.com

French Chamber of Commerce
A professional organization that promotes business relationships and opportunities between France and America.
10390 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 130, Los Angeles, CA 90025
(323) 651-4741

Asian Business Association
Resourceful organization to support and promote Asian businesses and individuals.
120 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 523,
Los Angeles, CA 90012,
(213) 628-1ABA
http://www.aba-la.org

Social Clubs

The British & Dominion Social Club
The Club was formed in 1963 by a group of British and Irish ex-patriots who wanted to create a forum for the traditional British Pub style of socializing and a home away from home.
12882 Valley View Street, Suites 10-13
(714) 898-6733
Garden Grove, CA 92645
http://www.britclub.org

Community Service

There are many opportunities to volunteer in Los Angeles which not only gives you a chance to do a good deed, but also helps you to connect with like-minded people.

Rotary club of Los Angeles
Global organization of humanitarians provide services to people, promote ethical standards.
http://www.rotaryclubofla.com

Lions Clubs Los Angeles
International organization, a network of volunteers to provide services to communities.
From this page you can locate a fellow Leo in your area.
http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/find-a-club.php?page=3&f=1&city=l&cs=CALIFORNIA

American Red Cross
Red Cross has offices throughout LA to provide a helping hand to the people in need all over the world.
(213) 739-5200
http://www.redcrossla.org

The Volunteer Center of LA
An online resource that aims to help everyone find somewhere to volunteer.
http://www.vcla.net

L.A. Works
An organization that matches volunteers with relevant opportunities. Through their website you can search for opportunities by region and impact area, i.e. elderly or children.
http://www.laworks.com

Craigslist ( http://www.craigslist.losangeles.craigslist.org/vol )
CitySearch ( http://www.losangeles.citysearch.com/list/66764 )
Both have volunteer sections which allow you to look for appropriate opportunities.