I first came to Germany for work years ago as a single woman. Someone at work suggested I join this club. I was skeptical about having time for it, but found out I could participate a little or a lot, so decided to give it a try, and found others in the Working Women’s Group “like me.” I came back to Germany some years later as a working mother of a young child and re-joined to take advantage of the Mother’s Corner group, and to my relief, found others “like me,” and raising a third culture kid. Then when I left my corporate job, I found responsibilities in the club that fulfilled my project management / leadership need, and again found others “like me.”
Other people move here with a working spouse and are skeptical if they will ever find 'a place’ here in a foreign land. The language, the culture, the system structure - all seemingly different from what you are used to can be quite overwhelming at first. But with a little courage and mindfulness, and as the Beatles song goes, “a little help from our friends” (albeit new ones), the experience can be so rewarding.
For myself, and many alike, the AIWC has provided just that. In the time I have been a member, I have seen the positive impact it has on my local community, and also for myself. With the many groups under the umbrella of the AIWC, opportunities are there for everyone: from taking a sabbatical from the usual responsibilities back home, or feeding that desire to travel, or giving time, talents and treasures for a charity, or taking on a board position, or tapping into your inner Picasso to create a masterpiece, or even sweating it out on the tennis courts, the opportunities are endless - and it’s only a matter of finding what fits you.
This community is a physical representation of so many possibilities and opportunities. Because at the end of the day, the club is only as great as the people who make it up. Each of us come together with our own experiences, knowledge and ideas, bringing something new, each and every day to the community. So to both our current members and those ‘yet to be’, I hope the AIWC will help you discover how to make your time here simply unforgettable, and so importantly, to know what a positive impact you make.
I wish you all the best in finding your place here and helping others find theirs too!