How close-knit is the expat community in this area? How do I get involved with it?
The expat community in Paris is very diverse and spread out. It is made up of many nationalities and types of people, ranging from college students to chief executives. To support these communities, there are several English-speaking organizations that sponsor activities for newcomers, ranging from coffee meetings to museum tours.
Beside expat groups, what is the best way to make social connections outside of work?
If you speak French and are interested in making French friends, you can contact the local office of the Accueil des Villes Francaises (AVF). The AVF will keep you informed about cultural, social and sports activities organized in your neighborhood. To find the AVF closest to your home, contact your local city hall. Another option is Euronet International, an organization set up to connect international professionals and individuals of French and foreign nationalities with an interest in diverse cultures and global issues. Euronet hosts high-profile social events, speaker engagements and cultural events, including happy hours, dinners, picnics and museum tours. Funky Maps organizes "pub crawls" twice a month, in different areas of Paris, essentially for the young English-speaking crowd.
Where can I meet other singles in this city?
Expatica Communications hosts a variety of social events especially for expats where you can relax, socialize and network with expats of all nationalities. This group organizes “SpeedDate Paris” evenings, an expat variation on a dating craze that's taken Paris by storm. For more information, visit Expatica's website.
Are there any unique networking opportunities for accompanying partners?
There are many associations in France set up specifically for expatriate women, such as the American Women's Group in Paris, British and Commonwealth Women's Association and many others. These groups offer English-language resources related to housing, networking, educational opportunities and more. There is even a group for expatriate mothers-to-be. These groups offer good opportunities to make friends with other newcomers and foreign residents in Paris.
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