AWS International Women's Group

AWS International Women's Group is a non-profit organization created to help meet the social needs of Expats like you while providing philanthropic support to local charities that are truly making a difference in the lives of others. You do not need to be an American to join this incredible International group. We proudly represent over 30 Nationalities & we hope you join us. We know that 2019/2020 will be amazing.

Our History 1975 - present day
In 1975, a group of 18 women under the direction of Betty Frankhouser, started meeting monthly in their homes. In a year's time the group had 150 members and the official name "The American Wives of Surrey" was born. Their mission was, "To welcome and assist new families; to promote friendship and cooperation among members; to further members' knowledge and understanding of England; and to give financial and material support to philanthropic projects in Surrey and overseas."AWS grew rapidly in tandem with the new American Community School that had relocated to Cobham. In 1982, the name changed to "The American Women of Surrey" and by 2000, the membership had peaked at over a thousand members. Still known as AWS, we have added 'International Women's Group' to more clearly define our more International role. After 45 years, the mission has remained constant.

A More International Role
AWS was once created to support Americans overseas on Expat assignments. Today, AWS International Women's Group plays are much bigger role in the lives of Expats landing in Surrey from all over the world. We are still very much an American Group but we now proudly represent over 30 nationalities and we hope to see that inclusive trend continue. Men are now welcome as well.

Your Support System Awaits
We're here to help welcome and assist new families moving into the area while providing philanthropic support to local charities. If you have just recently arrived in Surrey and have not met our fabulous Welcoming Team, please reach out to our VP of Welcoming at:

Become a Member
Our annual membership fee has been kept incredibly low for decades. At £65.00, you get a full year's membership and access to a year's worth of calendar filling events and an opportunity to make an immediate and long-term difference by becoming involved in our charity groups. If you would like help becoming a member, or are experiencing difficulty with your login, please read out to our VP of Membership at:

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