IICS Sites & Social Networking


IICS Sites & Social Networking

Expat Organizations

Here is a partial list of the social organizations in Istanbul geared towards or mainly comprised of foreigners. If you would like your expat organization listed here or if you have changes to your group's listing, please contact us. 

Expat Social Groups

International Women of Istanbul (IWI) Largest and oldest of the international social groups is the International Women of Istanbul (IWI), a social organization that brings together international women of all ages and cultures in Istanbul. They have over 600 members representing 56 different countries and engage in numerous social and outreach activities. 
AWI is an informal social group open to American and Canadian citizens that meets once a month and schedules meet-ups for lunch, cultural events, craft workshops and talks on issues relevant to ex-pats and donates to charity.   It is also loosely affiliated with several special interest groups. For more information, please contact Monisha or Sia
Belgian Friends of Istanbul The Belgian Friends of Istanbul help Belgian newcomers to feel at home and make friends quickly. They gather together on a regular basis and have a Facebook page for members. Contact Nathalie Bevernaegie
British Community Council The British Community council (founded 1942) supports ten pensioners and local charities by its fundraising events. Email here or phone +90 212 293 5922 or +90 533 217 1245.
CHICAS -Spanish Speaking Women of Istanbul A group open to all ladies who speak Spanish or would like to practice it. Contact Ninoska Gutierrez Sierra +90 533 651 3581, Norma Maranges +90 532 314 2934, Lorena Martinez +90 533 388 6309 e-mail: chicasestambul@yahoo.com.mx. Their Facebook page is "Chicas Estambul".
Circolo Roma The Italian Association organizes several activities and their cultural center can be used for private parties and conferences upon contribution. Please contact them here.
Comunita Italiana For information contact: Armanda Campaner +90 232 1351, Beatrice Ghianda +90 532 211 8033 or Paola Maresia +90 532 211 8033.
Die Bruecke Die Bruecke ("The Bridge") is a platform for the German speak­ing community. It was founded in 1989 and is open to anyone who speaks German. DIE BRUECKE issues a monthly newsletter. Contact them here or at tel: +90 212 458 9850. 
NVI- Dutch speaking people in Istanbul The Dutch Club Istanbul is a group of people who like to keep typical Dutch festivities alive, for people who have connection to Holland, who like to meet up with Dutch speaking people.  For further information and details contact  Mariska Steenkamer +90 530 828 6565
Friends of India Association (FOIA) The Friends of India Association (FOIA) is a registered group connecting the Indian poppulation in Istanbul through various social events. Pease contact any of the following: Jugnu SaglikAmbiliDiya  or Gayatri. Their Facebook group is Istanbul Indian community (FOIA).
InterNations InterNations is a networking group for expatriates and globally-minded individuals. They host social events monthly.


Istanbul Accueil Welcomes French speaking newcomers in Istanbul. They publish a monthly newsletter with many activity groups. All French speaking women are welcome. Email them here. 
Luso Brasileiro Portuguese speaking group. Contact : lsabel Ponte Gulpan +90 212 669 4943 or +90 532 274 1653.
RWG The Russian Speaking Group provides friendship, social contact and support for Russian speaking-women from Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. All women with an interest in Slavic culture are welcomed. Contact Ludmina Kalimulina +90 532 648 7814,  or Natalia Zaporozhets +90 533 484 4513.
SWEA (Swedish Women Educational Association) A world-wide network for Swedish or Swedish-speaking A world-wide network for Swedish or Swedish-speaking women with a chapter in Istanbul. Contact Jessica Lundgren here
















Support Groups

Please contact the IICS Counseling staff for additional support resources in Istanbul. 

Alcoholics Anonymous&Al-Anon Open AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings in English are held in the Union Han building on Istiklal Caddesi, Tünel, next to the Swedish Consulate at 6:45 every Monday, Wednesday, Friday (contact +90 533 626 5724 ). There is an Alanon meeting at 6:30 pm on Thursdays in the same location. On Sundays, there is an open AA meeting at 4:15 pm in Harbiye (contact +90 539 606 0123).On the Asian side in Kadikoy, there are meetings at 6:00 pm on Thursdays and at5:30 pm on Saturdays (contact +90 537 433 8368). A full listing of all English-speaking AA meetings in Turkey with local contacts can be found on the AA Europe website.
Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs Looking for the support of other parents of children with special needs and additional resources for your child? Please contact Debbie L Sainte-Rose for more information at +90 531 769 1368. 

Activity Groups

ARIT (American Research Institute of Turkey) The Friends of ARIT Istanbul, with branches in North America and Ankara, was established to support the ARIT in Turkey and carry out its scholarly activities. The Istanbul Friends run a year-round program of tours and lectures for members and guests. Member­ship is open to all interested residents of Istanbul. For further information: +90 212 257 8111.
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts of America The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of America is a youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. All boys in grades I - 5 (ages 6 -10) holding a foreign passport are welcome to join Cub Scouts. Older boys (ages II - 18), with foreign passports are welcome to join Boy Scouts. Activities include hiking and camping. Contact: Patricia Lasonde  +90 216 539 0682 or Vicki Gunay +90 216 371 0071 or mekumcu©superonline.com. 
FOCI (Friends of Contemporary Istanbul) Working with the international community in promoting the growth and development of contemporary art, the Friends of Contemporary Istanbul aim to enrich the rising art scent in Turkey and to contribute to the cultural life of Istanbul. For further information, please contact Jasmine Taranto TeI:+90 532 687 78 99
The Istanbul Ottomans Rugby Club Practice every Saturday afternoon at the Dikilitaş Spor Kulübü in Besiktas. Players of all ages (14+) and levels of fitness welcome, including ladies for our newly formed Ottomans Women Rugby Club. Please contact Özer Önkal at +90 533 482 6262.
PAWI (The Professional American Women of Istanbul) The Professional American Women of Istanbul, is a network of American/Canadian women and spouses of Americans/Canadians living in Istanbul. PAWI strives to empower and support members by promoting professional and personal growth. Members inspire each other to achieve and share success. PAWI meetings are held the second Saturday of each month. Each meeting features a guest speaker, and locations alternate between the European and Asian sides. Contact info@pawistanbul.com
Speech Bubbles Speech Bubbles Is an international group aiming to perform high-quality musical theater and donating the income to NGOs supporting children and education. Speech Bubbles is composed of amateur and professional dancers, singers and musicians from 11 countries. Contact Tom Godfrey +90 532 736 7702
Toastmasters International-Istanbul Chapter The English speaking Istanbul Toastmasters club is the only local branch of Toastmasters International, an organization that helps its members improve their communication and leadership skills in a supportive environment. ITM meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 19:30-21:30 at the Metro Park Hotel in Taksim. Guests are welcome to attend two meetings free of charge. For further information contact: Madeleine Pelletier, Vice-President Education +90 535 227 1074 or Alper Rozanes, Vice-President Membership, +90 532 243 3753.


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