A ‘Sharing Cultures
Each club offers its membership a variety of activities and clubs in which the members can take part for example: book clubs, cooking lessons, foreign language conversation groups and cinema sisters. FAWCO Rep, Arline Coward, Barcelona Women’s Network (BWN), and the club's seven member FAWCO Committee facilitated a rare unique activity entitled the Sharing Cultures Experience. The general concept is that because members of member clubs have had a variety of experiences with other cultures, why not create a forum for sharing that information? In Barcelona, the members were invited to a midday activity where refreshments would be served. Anyone who wanted to attend needed to bring a "precious item" with them the item/object would be something that ‘gave them a feeling of ‘home’ no matter where they might be living in the world. The event was attended by 20 members who only had good things to say about the event. The feedback was so positive that members who were unable to attend have asked the FAWCO Committee to organize another ‘sharing cultures experience’.
A ‘Sharing Cultures Experience’ activitycan be a one or two -time activity or the concept can be developed into a regular club group. Activities at a ‘Sharing Cultures’ club meeting might be: an international food lesson, a book discussion about an expat book or novel which takes place in a foreign land or a presentation by a child psychologist who specializes in child in transition. A ‘Sharing Cultures Experience’ activity could be for all members of a club whether they are short-term or if they have been involved with the expat community for many years.
If you decide to host a ‘Sharing Cultures Experience’ activity please share your results with the Sharing Cultures Task Force.