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Who are we?
Based in the western suburbs of Paris, the Accueil International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye brings together women from all over the world who wish to be part of an international community and create ties on both a personal and cultural level. Foreign women arriving in the area or French women returning after a period of expatriation, can find a social network thanks to a wide variety of activities and events involving many different nationalities.
These events, which include numerous French conversation groups as well as meetings in other languages, are organized by almost one hundred members on a completely voluntary basis. Whether you join for a few months or for several years, you will find a friendly atmosphere in which all cultures are welcome and appreciated.
A few facts and figures …
At the beginning of 2019, the Accueil International has a total of 465 members of 47 different nationalities. French women returning from expatriation form a large proportion of the membership, whilst English and Spanish native speakers together make up nearly 30% of the membership. Another 10% come from Asia. The other nationalities are mainly European.
- English speakers
- Spanish speakers
- Rest of Europe
- Rest of the World
From Past to Present …
The association was created in 1968 as a response to a growing need to welcome and integrate foreign women arriving in the area often for professional reasons and attracted by the proximity of bilingual and international schools. Integrating into French life was not always easy.
Over the years, the Accueil International has grown considerably. From monthly meetings with a talk, outings and coffee mornings for mothers and toddlers, a whole host of activities has been added. Today there are about fifty activities, including French conversation, welcoming new members, native language groups – all of which are possible thanks to the commitment of members who give up their time and energy on a voluntary basis.
The desire to share, enjoy oneself and help others, which has been a feature of the Accueil International since it began, is still very much alive.
When you join our association, we hope you will embrace these values and will wish to share your time and talents with other members by becoming part of our dynamic team!
Members of the Accueil International have their own section on this website. It gives access to the Programme des Activités for the current year, the Calendrier, the Magazine, photos of our activities and other events and much more! You wish to become a member of the Accueil International or find out more about joining …