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InterNations

InterNations is the largest expatriate network worldwide. It was created to help members meet other high-profile expatriates from around the world living in their city and connect with them, both online and offline through events and activities. InterNations was founded in 2007 and now has over 900,000 members in more than 360 Local Communities around the world.

There is a free membership as well as a premium service which costs a few Euros a month. InterNations, apart from having regular meetings for members to get to know each other, has a premium service allowing you to access useful information about the country you are moving to. This is no doubt a very useful service, as they say forearmed is forewarned. You need to know things like were to register your car, how do you separate your recycling, what about liability insurance?

InterNations reaches out to the international community: diplomats, members of IGOs and NGOs, foreign correspondents, expatriates employed by multinational companies and their family members

Madrid Babel

 

Founded in 2000, MadridBabel® ( http://www.madridbabel.es ) is an international cultural exchange group that organizes a lot of activities in Madrid. Its main mission is to encourage and provide the opportunity to practice a wide range of languages amongst people from all over the world, as well as create a comfortable venue to make new acquaintances in Madrid. Currently it has more than 25,000 members belonging to its different forums, the most important ones being at Yahoo ( http://es.groups.yahoo.com/group/madridbabel ) and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/19732127016 ). A detailed program of activities is published on these pages on a weekly basis. 

MadridBabel organizes two weekly international encounters at Café Galdós (Los Madrazo 10 – Metro Sevilla)
· Wednesdays starting at 20:30 
· Sundays starting at 19.00 

The environment is friendly and welcoming and there is no entrance fee. Fran Rodríguez Veiga – creator and leader of the group from Madrid – and his collaborators are there to introduce people who share common interests and/or languages and help create a comfortable welcome for newcomers. These events usually attract about 200 participants - students to professionals, 20 to 50 years old, from about 30 different nations-. They have been awarded with the prize 'Best Intercambio of the Year' by the European Vibe Magazine and have the recognition and participation of the Madrid Visitors & Convention Bureau (City Council)

In addition to the two weekly encounters, MadridBabel organizes many other events in Madrid and surroundings areas. These include going to original version films (with subtitles in Spanish), international dinners and tapas at a variety restaurants and bars, excursions, trips, sports, cultural visits, wine tastings, etc. There are also parties with an international flare which usually attract over 500 people. 

Moreover, MadridBabel also works with a quality room finding and estate agency in Madrid and London with special prices for carefully selected furnished flats and rooms in well connected areas of both cities. An excellent relocation service is also available. Furthermore, it coordinates language courses both in Madrid and abroad.

MadridBabel collaborates with a variety of entities (some of them being part of MadridBabel Club, where they offer discounts, promotions and special events to all its members) as well as creates links to other similar international groups including partner groups known as MontpellierBabel,TorontoBabel, CádizBabel, LimaBabel, UdineBabel, ValenciaBabel, El Puerto Babel, Ottawababel, JerezBabel, ParisBabel, BelemBabel, RomaBabel, San Diego Babel, Ciudad Real Babel, TriesteBabel, ToledoBabel, RiojaBabel, KWBabel (Canada) MéxicoBabel (Aguascalientes), BarnaBabel (Barcelona) and KBH Babel (Copenhague). It also represents Spain in the Language Exchange International Federation

 

Other usefull associations

The American Women’s Club of Madrid 
Plaza de la República del Ecuador 6 - Metro Colombia     
www.awcmadrid.com

Tel.: 91 457 11 08 
The AWC of Madrid is a member of the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas . The Clubhouse opens every day and is very welcoming. You can stop there, have a coffee or a light lunch, read the press or chat with friends. The club offers a wide range of activities including for mothers and young children,cultural visits,  handicrafts, bridge, mahjong and many others. The AWC also has a library with 3,000 books and  still growing (for members only). The club is open to English-speaking women of all nationalities.  

The International Newcomers Club of Madrid 
www.incmadrid.org
Tel.: 696 934 866 
If you are new to Madrid, looking forward to meeting people from all over the world and starting new activities, the INC is a good place to go. The Association does its best to make life easier for those new to Madrid. A meeting is organised every month and you will be offered a full programme of activities. 

The British Ladies Association 
www.blamadrid.com 
Tel.: 91 803 47 13  
The British ladies welcome all English speakers. They meet on the last Tuesday of every month at 10.30 at St George’s Hall, C/ Nuñez de Balboa 43, for a chat over coffee. The Asssociation organises various activities throughout the year. Their charity shop (located at Nave 19, calle N, Europolis, Las Rozas), is open every Thurs. and the first Sat. of the month 11am-3pm. You can call the shop at 91 637 23 74.

St George’s Mother and Toddlers Group                      
Calle Nuñez de Balboa 43 - Metro Velázquez 
www.stgeorgeplaygroup@hotmail.com        
Tel.: 
 659 017 727
This group meets every Wednesday from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm. Mums and children are welcome. Some toys are available for the little ones while the mums have a coffee. 

Sticky Fingers Playgroup                                        
Parroquia San Vincente Ferrer - Calle Ibiza 43
 
http://playgroupmadrid.tripod.com

Tel.: 91 574 92 09 - 675 192 658 
An international playgroup for mums, dads, grandparents and carers and kids 0-6 years old that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30 to 12.30 and once a month on Saturdays. All activities are in English and encourage interactive play through arts, crafts, singing and story time. This is a non profit organisation. 

The American Club 
www.americanclubofmadrid.com 

Tel.: 91 548 01 07 
A social business organization which holds luncheons, social/cultural events and business seminars. For any information, contact Dan Lowell at the above number.

Madrid Toastmasters 
www.toastmastersmadrid.com

International organisation aimed at improving public speaking in English. A good opportunity to have fun and to add a line to your CV. Have a look at their website for details of the next meeting.

The Madrid Players
http://madridplayers.org
The Madrid Players is an amateur English‑language theatre group based in Madrid, founded more than Forty years ago. There are nearly 100 members of many different nationalities, mostly from English‑speaking countries, but also Spanish and others with a good level of English.