The International Women's Network (IWN) of Tsukuba is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. We meet at a member's house once a month. No reservation is needed. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
The International Women's Network exists to create a comfortable environment for women of all nationalities to gather once a month. In order to make the environment comfortable, we ask that some basic rules be observed.
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Please consider posting our flyer in places around Tsukuba where international women (especially newcomers) might see it.
Please contact us (email address below) to find out about our monthly potluck!
The group is open to all women, regardless of nationality.
Communication on the mailing list and during the events is mainly in English, so members must have some English ability. However, all languages are welcome and there are no rules about what language to use. Members are encouraged to post to the mailing list in English or Japanese, but they can use any language during the events.
The group is generally meant for women to have a comfortable place to enjoy an evening of conversation and camaraderie, so unless there are extenuating circumstances, please do not invite your husbands or children to the potluck dinners. We occasionally have picnics and other events that are open to all family members.
There are no rules about how much food you should bring to the potluck dinners because it is difficult to predict how many people will come each month. As a general guideline, try to imagine providing at least a taste of your dish to 8 (or more) people. Once you have attended one of the dinners, you should be able to get a better idea of what is appropriate.
The person who is hosting the potluck dinner provides plates and utensils and also drinks. Participants do not have to bring these things.
The group is NOT TO BE USED AS A FREE LANGUAGE LESSON. Some teachers (both English and Japanese) attend the dinners but they do not want to spend their free time discussing grammar. If you would like to find a language teacher, feel free to ask for one through our mailing list or TAIRA.