for international students in Southampton and Winchester

International Women’s Club

Ladies Chatting after the IWC meeting
Ladies Chatting after the IWC meeting

The International Women’s Club , IWC, is linked to the University of Southampton, and is run by volunteers connected to the University. IWC meets on Wednesdays in term time, from 10am to 12 noon, at 58 Chamberlain Road, SO17 1PS.  For more details, please email them.

These meetings are friendly, relaxed and informative, with a programme of talks and demonstrations. Children are welcome but are the responsibility of the mothers at all meetings.  The group offers:

Trip to pick strawberries in Summer
Trip to pick strawberries in Summer

• a social meeting place for women of all nationalities
• help with English conversation
• a friendly atmosphere and the chance to meet new people
• opportunities to learn about other countries
• information about schools, transport, health and other topics

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The programme is usually very varied, and includes some outdoor activities, such as this gardening morning

In the Autumn and Spring terms, there is also a group for English Conversation on Monday mornings, from 10.30 to 12.00, at 58 Chamberlain Road, SO17 1PS. In the summer term there are Monday coffee mornings at members’ houses.

In addition, the club organises social outings and a Christmas party, when husbands, children and friends are welcome to come and join too. IWC is mostly made up of ladies who are the wives of postgraduate students or staff, but female students are also welcome to join.

International Women’s Club Spring  2019 Programme

Activities and programme for Spring 2019 at 58 Chamberlain Road, 10am to 12 noon on the following Wednesday mornings:

Date Activity
9 January Chat about Christmas activities and holidays.
16 January Cultural Differences in how we dress
23 January Visit to Ascension Church to see the stained-glass windows
30 January Inspiring books in Easy English
6 February Asian Culture – comparing their similarities & differences
13 February Southampton – stories of people & places
20 February Half term: Coffee Morning and Games
27 February Taking care of our backs – with Lisa Roberts
6 March International Women’s Day – members’ careers
13 March Visit to Mayor’s Parlour
20 March Spring craft session
27 March Easter & Spring Customs

Pre-school children are welcome at these meetings – toys are available to play with.  Please note: mothers are responsible for their children at all times.

International Women’s Club English Conversation Group – Programme

On Monday mornings from 10.30am to 12 noon, at 58 Chamberlain Road.  Topics for the Spring 2019 term are as follows:

14/01/19 – Booking hotel accommodation / making travel arrangements

21/01/19 – Marriage – benefits and challenges

28/01/19 Debate: cosmetic surgery should only be performed on those with genuine need

04/02/19 Debate: Climate change and pollution

11/02/19 Employment: do we live to work or work to live?

18/02/19 HALF TERM ( no meeting )

25/02/19 Debate: Homelessness – how should we respond / what are our responsibilities?

04/03/19 Debate: Charity shops – an eyesore or a valuable contribution?

11/03/19 Pets : a British obsession?

18/03/19 Debate: Social media – the language of text messaging and emails is producing an illiterate society

25/03/19 Talking about your own country (please bring something typical to show)

58 Chamberlain Road