How close-knit is the expat community in this area? How do I get involved with it?
As in any foreign country, expats will inevitably seek each other out. In Penang, there is an international women's association called IWA.

One thing to note is that, due to the diversity of people in the city and the ease of using English, there tends to be a decreased reliance on the expat network as you live in Penang for a longer period of time. For more information on any of the clubs above, check the local yellow pages, visit the organizations' websites or contact Crown Penang.

Beside expat groups, what is the best way to make social connections outside of work?
Most expats socialize with neighbours, colleagues and friends. Many meet new people at the nearby country clubs or social clubs. Places of worship are other good places to meet people. Or, as mentioned above, volunteering your time to an organization or charity event are great ways to meet people and get involved in the community at the same time.

Where can I meet other singles in this city?
Most singles meet others at bars, clubs or through friends and colleagues. The local newspapers and magazines always have listings of the city's clubs, hot spots and upcoming events. There are also several reputable singles networking associations that arrange evening and weekend activities such as dinners at restaurants, sightseeing and touring. For more information, please contact Crown Penang.

Are there any unique networking opportunities for accompanying partners?
Accompanying partners can often network through social clubs or through schools, if they have children. Or, they can volunteer their time to an organization or charity. There are also a number of activities organized by expat associations that include educational, sporting and social outings. Some international schools also offer opportunities for involvement in a variety of programs on a volunteer basis.
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