AWC Berlin Activities
What We Offer
While many associations in Berlin offer social activities, at AWC Berlin we target activities that fulfill our Club’s mission to enrich the lives of international families in Berlin, to facilitate cultural understanding of our host country, and to effect positive change for our members—and for all women—in Berlin and around the world.
Follow Your Bliss
With events offered on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis and scheduled for days, evenings, and weekends, our members can pursue varied interests, both old and new, all in the company of like-minded women. To find out more about our current activities, read on. If you have any questions, feel free to contact an activity’s organizer via their email address below or reach out to the Programs Team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
AWC Berlin members – Share Your Passion
Our Club activities are volunteer powered! Share your talents and your passion by volunteering to help lead an activity or create a new one. Check out the Volunteer Opportunities page (for members only) for open roles or contact the Club’s President (email@example.com) for more info.
We have two German Conversation Groups (which meet in the East & West of Berlin). The groups meet once a week to have conversations in German, with the support of members who are native German speakers.
Join us for tennis – from beginners to advanced. Our beginners group has lessons with an instructor while intermediate/advanced players play round-robbins. We have a core group which has signed up for the season (summer season until October), but you are welcome to contact our Tennis coordinators and pay for individual sessions.
We have three book clubs: The Regular Book Club, which offers mainstream fiction and nonfiction titles, including—but not limited to—literary fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, memoir, and biography. The Literature Book Club focuses on titles of acknowledged excellence and lasting significance. The Genre Book Club selects titles from three genres: Romance, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Mystery-Detective-Thriller. Titles are selected by the coordinators every six months. To accommodate members’ schedules, we meet alternately in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
Click here for our BOOK LIST.
Cultural Outings is a monthly activity having anything to do with “culture”. We visit museums and galleries, attend performances or do walking tours. Our cultural events reflect the wide range of artistic and cultural interests of our members. During lockdown when in-person activities are not possible, we meet on Zoom to visit artists’ studios, have aritst talks and learn about art objects in and around Berlin.
Girls Night Out
Monthly evening “girls night out” at our favorite places: dinners at favorite restaurants, cocktails at swanky bars, or a movie at the Art House – all in the name of good conversations. If you have suggestions, please email.
You are invited to our monthly Coffee Morning – open to members and guests. Come meet each other, share your stories and tips about Berlin and learn about the Club. Just a casual, easy coffee together.
Kaffee Ost Morning
Lunch & Learn
Creative Pursuits Workshops
We get together to learn new creative skills. The format is flexible but it might start with a member offering a “how to” workshop (eg. photography, creative writing, scrapbooking, baking, etc.), after which members with shared interests may decide to continue to meet to pursue their creativity together. Currently, there is interest for a photography group and a scrap-booking group. If you have ideas for workshops or groups to start, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal Development Workshops
We get together to learn new skills. You could call it personal development. Skills and informational workshops are varied and range from leadership skills to public speaking to parenting to organizing your closet, styling your wardrobe or color studies.
On a quarterly basis, our Speakers Series brings you speakers on different topics relevant to Americans living abroad – for example, US tax and banking issues, investment strategies for American expats, women and investments, citizenship and voting, elections 2016, etc.
Free for members, these events are open to the public for a small donation to our charity.
The AWC Berlin organizes topical events such our panel on Women & Leadership: the Path Forward and our panel on Refugees Integration through Education. These are usually open to the public and features Berlin-based expert speakers. We hold fundraisers (fashion show, The Vagina Monologues, ASCEND documentary film screening) open to the public and benefiting local and international organizations.
The AWC Berlin celebrates American holidays with get-togethers of the membership, eg. Summer (July 4th) BBQ, Thanksgiving Lunch/Dinner, Christmas Cookie Exchange.
Blog “The Berlin Americana”
Our blog shares musings in the voice of an American woman living here – or an “Americana”. If you would like to contribute, please email our blog editor at Blog@awcberlin.org
The AWC Berlin has had a long term relationship with the Ronald McDonald House in Berlin. Our members volunteer in varying capacities: weekly grocery shopping, photography for special events, quarterly dinners for families. The Club also holds charity events to fundraise for the House.
We also partner with other Berlin-based non-profits to offer volunteer opportunities to our members. Please click here to see current volunteering needs.
We have tutored refugee children at the John F. Kennedy School and have supported pregnant refugee women through our Auntie Teams. At Christmas, we prepare Xmas Shoe Boxes for single mothers and their children.
The AWC Berlin participates in events hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars such as the annual Memorial Day service.
The AWC Berlin actively participates in One Billion Rising – a global movement to end violence against women. The Club produced The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler in our V-Day 2017 and 2018 productions and raised funds for local charities working on ending violence against women.
Globally, the AWC Berlin supports the FAWCO’s Target Project with an annual fundraising event. Locally, we support the Ronald McDonald House Berlin with annual and quarterly donations. Also annually, we choose a Berlin-based charity to support, in 2019-2020, it is JACK Berlin – an educational center for migrant women without legal status. Proceeds from V-Day 2017 benefited TERRE DES FEMMES Berlin for their women refugee mentoring program. Proceeds from V-DAY 2018 benefited Ban Ying e.V., a specialized counseling center and shelter for victims of human traffikcing. In 2017, we also donated to provide Welcome Bags for refugee women with new babies.
Through our network organization, FAWCO (www.fawco.org) the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, AWC Berlin is able to offer the following programs to our own members’ children:
- Cultural Volunteers Program – is designed to foster cultural awareness and volunteerism among youths. The program is hosted by a different FAWCO club each year. Teens (15 – 18 years old) will be hosted by one of the host club’s families and will experience a new culture while volunteering with local charities, working side-by-side with local teens.. Participants will be able to receive community service credits required by their International Baccalaureate program.
- Americana – Program that seeks to ground American expatriate children in the history and traditions of American life and culture. For children ages 6-12.
- FAWCO UN Youth Rep – for children of members (18-26 years old). Opportunities to participate in UN meetings and conferences.