Expat Clubs & Associations
By Everlyn
Lee

You don't have to look far to find your own countrymen in Singapore.

Living in a foreign country can be daunting. The laws are different. The cultures are different, and adjusting to a new environment might take longer than you had imagined. Fret not. Singapore is a cultural melting pot where diverse cultures meet and interact, and meeting fellow countrymen is not that tall an order.

On the surface, Singapore is highly westernised, and it is very easy to adjust to life here as opposed to many other Asian countries. But dig deeper and you'd still find cultural obstacles that can be daunting for some foreigners to overcome.

To make the transition less stressful, many clubs and associations have been established to provide a trusted support network and act as a home away from home, serving the professional, business, cultural and social needs of the expatriate communities.

They also help expatriates fit into Singapore's culture at their own time and pace. Read on for more information, or better yet, visit the clubs to see which one best caters to your needs.


The American Association of Singapore (AAS)
10 Claymore Hill, Singapore 229573
http://www.aasingapore.com

Founded in 1917, the 91-year-old institution has helped many Americans bridge the gap between the expatriate and local community. It holds four events annually to celebrate American holidays and culture – the George Washington Ball, 4th of July Independence Day Celebration, Ambassador's Cup Golf Tournament and Music in the Park.

Networking sessions are held frequently, and they are open to anyone who wants to meet people. Weekly sporting activities such as golf, dragon boating and softball are also organised. If you are looking for a job, the AAS has a Career Resource Centre for Expatriates, a programme that is unique among the expatriate associations here.

Membership is open to all expatriates residing in Singapore, not just Americans, even though they do make up about 41% of the association. You can get more information by calling the AAS at (65) 6738 0371 or dropping by their office.

The Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA)
19 Tanglin Road, #06-27 Tanglin Shopping centre, Singapore 247909
http://www.anza.org.sg

Officially established in Singapore in 1961, the ANZA has helped many newcomers find their feet in Singapore through well-established community events.

In the true spirit of Australians and New Zealanders, members can join various sporting groups such as Australian Rules Football and Cricket.

With the numerous clubs and events available, members will not have an excuse to feel bored. Australians and New Zealanders make up 80% of ANZA's membership, with the remaining members coming from Britain, the US, Holland, Germany, Canada, South Africa and Singapore. Join now by downloading the registration form from the association's website, or drop by the ANZA office to find out more.

British Association of Singapore (BAS)
470 North Bridge Road, #03-06A North Bridge Commercial Complex, Singapore 188735
http://www.britishassociation.org.sg

Set up in 1956 to provide help and support to British expatriate families during their stay in Singapore, the BAS has played an important role in Singapore by helping to establish The British Club and Gleneagles Hospital.

BAS helps its members lead an enriching life by providing an extensive range of sporting and social activities. This non-profit organisation is run mainly by volunteers who also believe in giving back to the community, by regularly being involved in community work and donating to various charities every year.

Join BAS to get discounted household, travel and health insurance with AVIVA, a monthly magazine, and the use of The British Club's facilities at appointed times.

Kowloon Club (KC)
93 Toa Payoh Central, #05-02 Toa Payoh Central Community Building, Singapore 319194
http://www.kowloonclub.org.sg

The Kowloon Club was established in 1990 to provide a “helping hand' to Hong Kongers migrating to Singapore. The club assists its members to integrate into local culture by organising various cultural, recreational, educational and charitable activities. All these activities are self-supported by the club members, with some sponsorship from local organisations.

Regular activities include local tours or overseas tours, IT seminars, children balloon-sculpting and golf. To join, download the membership form from its website, fill it up and send it together with an enclosed cheque.

Japanese Association in Singapore (JAS)
120 Adam Road Singapore 289899
http://www.jas.org.sg

A premiere club set up to serve the Japanese community in Singapore, the JAS is a non-profit organisation that provides education in Japanese language for Japanese children residing in Singapore and neighbouring countries.

In addition, it is committed to promoting friendship, cooperation and welfare among its members. Besides managing and maintaining the club's social and recreational facilities, it also manages a clinic.

Cultural and social activities organised by the JAS include choir, nature walks, Chinese painting, flower arrangement, Bridge games, Shogi games, Japanese drums and tea ceremonies. Sporting activities such as Tai Chi, rugby, table tennis and volleyball are also highlights of JAS activities.

Friends of the Museum (FOM)
61 Stamford Road #02-06 Stamford Court, Singapore 178892
http://www.fom.sg

While not really an expatriate club or association, the Friends of the Museum (FOM) is a volunteer organisation that offers guiding services and financial support to the Museums of Singapore. It also delivers a broad range of programmes to enhance the knowledge of Asia's history, culture and art for members and the community at large.

FOM membership is open to all and they currently have over 1100 members from 42 different nationalities. The Americans and British currently make up the two largest membership groups. FOM is for anyone who is interested in participating in any of the programmes at FOM, such as the docent (museum guides) programme, book groups, writers group, textile enthusiasts group and trips around places of historical interest in Singapore.

For more information, check its website or drop in at the FOM office between 9am to 2pm (Tuesday to Friday).

PrimeTime
Orchard PO Box 619 Singapore 912321
http://www.primetime.org.sg

A member of the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations and The International Alliance for Women, PrimeTime was established in 1997 by Junita Woodward, an American with over 20 years of experience within the banking industry.

It is currently the only association in Singapore dedicated to serving the international community of business and professional women. Run entirely by member-volunteers, PrimeTime holds over 90 events on an annual basis with a membership concentration of women in the financial services, marketing/advertising and IT industry.

Women of all nationalities are welcome to join the association, which currently has a good representation of women from over 30 countries. Check its website to find out more.

Other associations

There are many more expatriate associations than we have space to describe, so if you are looking for one that we have not mentioned, check out the table below:

Club/ Association

Telephone Numbers

Email

Website

American Women's Association

Tel:  (65) 6734 4895
Fax: (65) 6733 6190

office@awasingapore.org

www.awasingapore.org

The American Association of Singapore

Tel : (65) 6738 0371
Fax: (65) 6738 3648

aas@aasingapore.com

www.aasingapore.com/

The Australian and New Zealand Association

Tel : (65) 6733 1215
Fax: (65) 6735 9695

anzaoffice@anza.org.sg 

www.anza.org.sg

Belgian & Luxembourg Association of Singapore

Tel:  (65) 6404 1164

secretary@blas.org.sg

http://blas.org.sg

British Association of Singapore

Tel:  (65) 6339 8229
Fax: (65) 6339 1167

info@britishassociation.org.sg

www.britishassociation.org.sg

Canadian Association of Singapore

Tel:  (65) 6734 5954
Fax: (65) 6738 2726

info@canadians.org.sg

www.canadians.org.sg

Club Cosmopolitans

Tel:  (65) 6337 5026
Fax: (65) 6243 8620

contact@club-cosmos.com

www.cosmopolitans.net

German Club-Deutsche Haus

Tel:  (65) 6467 8802
Fax: (65) 6467 8816

info@germanclub.org.sg

www.germanclub.org.sg

Hollandse Club

Tel: (65) 6464 5225
Fax: (65) 6468 6272

info@hollandseclub.org.sg

www.hollandseclub.org.sg

Hua Yuan Association

Tel:  (65) 6337 7377
Fax: (65) 67325085

admin@myhuayuan.org

www.myhuayuan.org

Indian Women's Association

Tel:  (65) 6737 4866

secretary@iwasingapore.org

www.iwasingapore.org

Italian Women's Group

Tel:  (65) 6469 0532
Fax: (65) 6463 8872

iwg_singapore@yahoo.com.sg

www.iwgsingapore.org/

French Association of Singapore

Tel:  (65) 6887 0256
Fax: (65) 6734 2173

info@afsingapour.com

www.afsingapour.com

Friends of the Museum (FOM)

Tel:  (65) 6337 3685
Fax: (65) 6337 3685

fomsingapore@pacific.net.sg

www.fom.sg

Japanese Association and Singapore

Tel:  (65) 6468 0066
Fax: (65) 6467 1430

info@jas.org.sg

www.jas.org.sg/

Korean Association of Singapore (KAS)

Tel:  (65) 6299 8966
Fax: (65) 6746 1953

info@koreansingapore.org

www.koreansingapore.org/

Kowloon Club

Tel:  (65) 6440 9237
Fax: (65) 6348 4020

info@kowloonclub.org.sg

www.kowloonclub.org.sg

Netherlands Charity Association

Tel:  (65) 6775 5546
Fax: (65) 6468 6272

jeroen@xpatxperience.com

www.xpatxperience.com/nca/

PrimeTime

Tel:  (65)6234 0973
(voicemail only)

membership@primetime.org.sg

www.primetime.org.sg

Scandinavian Women's Association

Tel:  (65) 6775 7835
Fax: (65) 6466 8515

petra@pacific.net.sg

www.swasingapore.com.sg

Swiss Club, Singapore

Tel:  (65) 6466 3233
Fax: (65) 6468 8550

admin@swissclub.org.sg

www.swissclub.org.sg

St David's Society of Singapore
(individuals of Welsh heritage)

Tel:  (65) 6339 8229
Fax: (65) 6339 1167

stdavids.singapore@gmail.com

www.cropper.demon.co.uk/

St Patrick's Society of Singapore
(individuals of Irish heritage)

Tel:  (65) 6339 8229
Fax: (65) 6339 1167

feedback@stpatssingapore.com

www.stpatssingapore.com/