EVERY AUTUMN, the International Women in Portugal (IWP) holds an annual Activities Fair to highlight the opportunities the group offers its members in a wide range of social and cultural activities.
The event will be held on Thursday, September 22, in the Cascais Cultural Centre, from 10.30am. Coffee and pastries will be available to everyone free of charge.
Newcomers to Portugal are welcome to browse and chat with members, who will introduce them to over 30 activities on offer at the club. There are many groups covering a diverse range of interests: language groups (Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and German), art and craft, tennis and golf, mother and baby groups, to name but a few. Some members enjoy mahjongg or canasta, while others prefer the book enthusiast discussions or an international diners’ gourmet evening. The choice is yours and there is always the opportunity to start a new activity.
IWP offers members a support system and has even published a useful book, Feeling at Home in Portugal. Whether searching for professional or practical help in your everyday life, this book has the answer! For new members, there is always someone at the end of a phone to help and give advice. It is often a daunting prospect to land in a foreign country and IWP can certainly smooth the path.
The monthly magazine, A Janela, has many interesting articles and outlines forthcoming events both in the club and in the Lisbon area. Social activities, lunches and tours can fill those empty hours in the early days, when husbands are at work and the children are at school. For Portuguese women, IWP also opens the door to contact with women from all cultural backgrounds.