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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 (programs@awcberlin.org).

You can find a sample Club activities and events calendar here. And check out photos of our events and activities on AWC Berlin’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

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 (president@awcberlin.org) for more info.

Weekly

German Conversations

german@awcberlin.org

germanWe 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.

Tennis

tennis@awcberlin.org

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.

Monthly

Membership Meetings

president@awcberlin.org

women-business-networkingOpen to members and guests, the AWC Berlin Monthly Membership Meeting takes place monthly. The meeting features club updates, a guest speaker, and socializing.

 

Book Clubs

bookclub@awcberlin.org

booksWe 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

culture@awcberlin.org

coffee-cultureCultural 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

evening@awcberlin.org

GNOMonthly 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.

Kaffee Klatsch

membership@awcberlin.org

You areC&C 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

KaffeeOst@awcberlin.org

For our members living in Mitte and Eastwards. Once a month coffee at a neighborhood cafe.

 

 

Lunch & Learn

lunchandlearn@awcberlin.org

Mahjong

mahjong@awcberlin.org

Travel Group

travel@awcberlin.org

Our TRAVEL GROUP meets monthly to share their passion for seeing the world; globetrotters will gather at the lovely Charlottenburg Goldhahn & Sampson.

 

Bi-Monthly

Women’s Salon

womenssalon@awcberlin.org

womensalonWe invite authors, artists, and scholars to come talk about their work and their life in Berlin. It’s typically an intimate event, hosted in someone’s home and followed by a shared meal.

Other

Creative Pursuits Workshops

creativepursuits@awcberlin.org

creativity-396268_640We 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 creativepursuits@awcberlin.org.

 

Personal Development Workshops

programs@awcberlin.org

learnWe 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.

 

Quarterly

Excursions

excursions@awcberlin.org

Metropolregion-BerlinBrandenburgOn a quarterly basis, we go on day excursions to discover the surrounding areas of Berlin and Brandenburg.

Speakers Series

president@awcberlin.org

AWC Berlin speakers series 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.

 

Special Events

president@awcberlin.org

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.

 

 

 

 

American Holidays

The AWC Berlin celebrates American holidays with get-togethers of the membership, eg. Summer (July 4th) BBQ, Thanksgiving Lunch/Dinner, Christmas Cookie Exchange.

 

 

Ongoing

Blog “The Berlin Americana”

blog@awcberlin.org

The Berlin Americana Blog, publication by the American Women's Club of BerlinOur 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

 

Community Service

volunteering@awcberlin.org

2015-06-04 20.03.14The 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.

Philanthropy

philanthropy@awcberlin.org

money-230265_640Globally, 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.

 

Youth Development

youth@awcberlin.org

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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.