How close-knit is the expat community in this area? How do I get involved with it?
Despite the vast area covered around the technopole of Sophia Antipolis, which includes the Commune of Valbonne, Biot, Mougin and Villeneuve-Loubet, the foreign community seems to be well connected around the CIV school (Centre International Valbonne).
Beside expat groups, what is the best way to make social connections outside of work?
The expat community in the Riviera 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 and various other language-speaking organizations that sponsor activities for newcomers, ranging from coffee meetings to museum tours. Below are a few of these organizations;
The British Association
The British Association of the Alpes Maritimes is a benevolent association that provides welfare, social and general help and advice to British visitors/newcomers and residents in the Alpes Maritimes. It has branches in Nice, Cannes and Menton.
Alpes Maritimes International Aperitif Club
The Alpes Maritimes International Aperitif Club (AMIAC) - For English-speaking residents and visitors, with monthly meetings at restaurants to share good food, wine and conversation.
Amicale des Finlandais
Côte d'Azur group for Franco-Finnish friendship.
French/German Club (non-profit organization) arranges German-speaking member-meetings in Menton, Nice, Cannes, St-Raphael and St-Tropez.
For Franco-Scottish events, day and evening, celebrating the long alliance between the French and the Scots.
Aussies On The Riviera
Social club for Australians, Antipodeans and fans of Australia. Membership is not essential; all are welcome. Most events take place in or around Nice.
Canadian Club Monaco
A club for Canadians and friends of Canada to meet regularly at monthly dinners and other events in and around Monaco. Open to all with a passion for Canada.
Social club for Scandinavians and anyone interested in Franco-Nordic relations, living on the Côte d'Azur. The club organizes French language courses and social events throughout the year.
Social club for Danish people living on the Côte d'Azur.
Commonwealth Club Of The Riviera
A club for English-speaking citizens of the Commonwealth, resident or visiting the Côte d'Azur. This non-profit association has a regular program of social events at venues across the region and provides an opportunity to make new friends.
International Women's Club of the Riviera
IWCR International Women's Club of the Riviera – Women of all nationalities meet and take part in social, cultural and sporting activities.
Where can I meet other singles in this city?
There are many ways to meet other singles in the area which includes using some of the organizations listed above.
Other popular functions for singles to attend are any type of sporting event or local festival. There are also several reputable singles networking associations and dating services that arrange evening and weekend activities.
Are there any unique networking opportunities for accompanying partners?
The AVF (Accueil des Villes Français ) is a French organization established to help newcomers to an area (French and foreign) find the information and social integration they may need. There are branches throughout France in most of the larger towns. Many arrange activities including conversation classes and children's holiday activities. The AVF can provide practical help and information on your area, in French and occasionally in English, too.
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