AWS International Women’s Group is an organization of like-minded women from around the world, who have settled for a short time in Cobham and the wider Surrey area, who seek to make purposeful connections with each other and provide philanthropic support to both local and global charities. Forty-seven years ago, we were called ‘American Wives of Surrey’ and the club was created to meet the needs of American women with children attending the International School in Cobham (now known as ACS International School Cobham). Today, we still serve the international community in Cobham, but have expanded into the wider Surrey area and also proudly support an increasingly diverse expat community that comes from across the six continents and represents over twenty nationalities.
What do we do?
We provide a warm, inclusive and inviting environment that values kindness and respect. We empower and support new, established and alumni expat women by providing them with:
a monthly General Meeting to reconnect with old friends and meet new expat arrivals;
an action-packed social calendar filled with fun and informative events from September to June every year to help cement friendships we know will last a lifetime;
an opportunity for new, current and alumni members to travel the world with fully organized trips led by a professional travel leader;
fulfilling philanthropic opportunities to raise money for local charities by participating in and/or donating to our annual Gift Fayre fundraiser;
far-reaching philanthropic opportunities to make a global difference in the lives of women and children through FAWCO, the international organization that seeks to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide;
both in-person and online environments that adhere to the latest U.K. privacy laws and are free from self-promotion, sales and multi-level marketing (MLM) intrusions.
Philanthropy is at the core of the AWS International Women's Group and we are incredibly proud of our work. Our annual Gift Fayre is the cornerstone of our fundraising activities. We support three local charities for a three year period and our sustained support makes a meaningful difference in the lives of local families. Our annual FAWCO contribution positively impacts women and their children around the world. In 2019/20, we raised over £30,000 combined and to date, the club has raised over £780,000.
After proudly celebrating our 45th Anniversary in 2020, our long-term goal continues to be empowering and supporting international expat women who reside in Cobham and the wider Surrey area. Our plan is to meet the needs of the majority of our local membership community well into the future and consistently evolve to maintain relevance and sustainability.
We are glad you are here. Whether it's the first stop along your expat journey or you have become a seasoned traveller, we are so happy to have you join us.
Exclusive experiences:Enjoy curated unique experiences to get you immersed in your English life. We offer activity groups to keep you busy including Hiking, Art Galleries in London, Book with a View (our book club), Pub Club, Best of Britain, London Calling and Let's go! Plus many more!
Resources: Every year, AWS International Women’s Group publishes an eagerly anticipated guidebook for our members. If you are new to the area and are trying to find contacts for the myriad of services you need to get your family established in Surrey, this guidebook is the one for you and is full of resources that will help you do just that.
Connected friendship: You are instantly connected to a larger group of women brought together through our adventures of living abroad.