Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 2015/06/03

♦ How much does it cost to join the Guangzhou Women’s International Club?  What does my membership provide?

Check out our current membership fees and benefits at Member benefits.

♦ Who can join the Guangzhou Women’s International Club?

Membership is extended to women holding a non-PRC passport or whose husband or partner holds a non-PRC passport. Proof of citizenship is required.

♦ How do I join the Guangzhou Women’s International Club?

To join, you can attend a Morning Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Newcomers’ Meet & Greet, reach out on our Facebook Page, or contact a Board Member.

For new Guangzhou arrivals, we suggest our Newcomers’ Meet and Greet or you can attend the Morning Coffee or Afternoon Tea where you can meet our Newcomers’ Coordinators or our Membership Coordinators, who will welcome you and arrange for you to join.

Alternatively, you can give your membership form and dues to a Housing Representative in your area.

♦ How many expatriate women are in the club?

Our membership varies by year as many expatriates are on contracts lasting from one to five years. On average we have 300 members annually.

♦ What language does the club operate in?

The most common language amongst expatriates is English and is the language for all our club communication.

We also have language representatives who volunteer to assist anyone with English language difficulties. There are also many different nationalities within the club, so there is opportunity to speak your native tongue.  For a list of our language liaisons, please see the last page of a GWIC gazette.

♦ How many different nationalities are in the club?

We have members from many countries. These include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia-Montenegro, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay,  Venezuela, and Vietnam.

♦ Why are there less activities held during summer?

Many expatriates, particularly those with children, choose to travel during the summer months due to school holidays. Summer is also traditionally a time for work contracts to end and people to move on to new assignments.

For those are here during summer, the GWIC Coffees, Teas and some other activities are still held each month.  Check our online calendar to verify all events.

♦ I would like to start an expatriate activity group. How do I do this?

Wonderful!  Thank you for volunteering.  We have regular activity groups each month. Please start by checking these out to make sure your area of interest doesn’t already exist.  If there is not one to suit you, you can start your own activity group.  In the past, we have had scrap-booking, hiking, and flower arranging. The existence of the groups is fully on the members’ availability to lead it.  Funding for activity groups is expected to be self-sustaining too.

If there is an activity you would like to coordinate, please contact us.  We can help get you started and advertise in our gazette and webpage.

♦ How can I get more involved with the organization?

Consider volunteering on the GWIC Executive Board.  There are currently 26 positions on the GWIC Executive Board.  Nominations are accepted each May and confirmed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Ask our current President for more information.

If you do not want to be on the Board, but would like to help, there are many activities and events throughout the year where extra hands are needed.  This includes a variety of special events for different charities that we support (e.g. charity outreach visits, bi-annual Shoe & Bag Sale, and fairs), helping with annual celebrations and parties, and membership drives at the beginning of the GWIC calendar year (i.e. July/August).

♦ What do I do if I lose my membership card?

Contact our Membership Coordinators at the welcome desk at either monthly Morning Coffee or Afternoon Tea for a replacement. There is a replacement fee of RMB 50.