New to Singapore and not sure where to start when it comes to finding a job, making friends and picking up the hobbies you’re used to at home? Often, all three come hand in hand on the island, with many expats gathering in similar areas for networking and socialising. There’s only one thing for it – check out the below guide and get stuck into the group that sounds most like ‘you’.
Social and Sporting Clubs
Most social clubs offer pools, gyms, restaurants, youth camps and classes. Clubs are a fantastic way of meeting other expats and will provide an instant network. Likewise, sporting clubs, such as the Singapore Polo Club, are an excellent way to meet friends with similar interests. Clubs can be expensive, so try to meet current members and ask about the facilities. Also do some comparisons of locations, membership rules and prices. See our handy guide to sports teams here! Plus, check out all the social clubs in Singapore here.
Except for a clubhouse and facilities, associations offer many of the same social benefits found at clubs, without the expensive membership fees. They are a great way to get involved in the community. A low annual fee is usually charged and may include a monthly magazine that will keep you up to date with social activities.
Associations are generally linked to nationalities, although citizens of any country can join. Groups like the American Women’s Association (AWA), The British Association (BA), or the Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA) organise sports leagues and regular meetings, outings, charity events, book clubs and social gatherings. Check out heaps of members’ clubs here.
Women can also meet and network at several other professional associations, including PrimeTime Business and the Professional Women’s Association. The Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) is a national coordinating body of women’s organisations and groups in Singapore that acts on their behalf.
Another way of meeting people with whom you will instantly have something in common is through your university alumni association – log on to your university’s website to find out more.
An EL reader’s tip
“If I could do one thing over, I would jump right in and make friends. Even if you believe that you will be here only a short while (we all did at some point!), join an association and introduce yourself to strangers. Everyone has been in your situation and is very happy to welcome new faces and friends.”