Paris preview

France

There are scores of organizations and clubs for English-speaking residents in Paris that provide practical information, social activities, opportunities for community service, ways to develop your fields of interest, and perhaps most importantly, a venue for making friends.

Make sure you ask about membership requirements and fees when you contact one of the organizations. And, also contact your embassy who may have more listings.

Expat Groups

  • Accueil des Villes Francaises, http://www.avf.asso.fr; AVF has 5 locations throughout Paris and is a welcome service to make newcomers feel at home. Through this group you can connect to your local community, get practical information, make friends and improve your French.
  • The American Club of Paris, 34 avenue de New York 75016, 01.47.23.64.36, http://www.americanclubparis.org; This social club’s purpose is to encourage social and cultural activities among Americans and Non-Americans concerned with American and international affairs. To become a member, you must be sponsored. Check the website for details.
  • The American Women’s Group in Paris (AWG), 7 cite de Falguiere 75015, 01.42.73.36.74, http://www.awgparis.org; The AWG promotes Franco-American friendship through social and cultural activities. The group offers monthly coffee get-togethers with speakers, guided museum and city tours, lunches, and book, walking and French conversation clubs in addition to other activities. It is open to English speakers of all nationalities.
  • British and Commonwealth Women’s Association (BCWA), 157 rue du Faubourg St. Honore 75008, 01.47.20.50.91, http://bcwa.paris.online.fr; This is a non-profit organization for women with British and Commonwealth ties. They have an English-language library, lectures and many monthly activities.
  • The Caledonian Society of France, 01.47.70.67.71, http://www.caledonian-society-france.org; A society bringing Scottish people living in Paris together.
  • Canadian Cultural Centre, 5 rue de Constantine 75007, 01.44.43.21.90, http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/france/cultural_relations_culturelle…