One of the advantages of moving to a city like Singapore that has a long history of expats from all over the world converging there is that there is a strong and very well-established network of social groups, societies and business associations. Joining in with one or more of these is a great way to get into the rhythms and routines of Singapore life, of making a contribution to your new community, and learning more about other cultures.
Although a number of these associations and clubs may be formed around nationality, many of these names and titles are largely historical, and reflect the fact that most started out as ways for business people to connect with colleagues from home when communications were not as fast or comprehensive as they are today. However, the way most of these clubs are run today is much more inclusive and about allowing like-minded people to come together, rather than the forming of cliques based solely on nationality. There are also a number of volunteer organisations that enable you to make a contribution to the wider Singapore community.
In addition, there are a range of counselling services that are available to expats, whether they be to help with mental health problems, relationship problems, or issues confronting young people.
Expat Clubs and Associations in Singapore
Founded in 1963, the aim of the society is to bring members together for uniquely African social events.
The American Club
With a strong emphasis on families, the American Club offers a range of fitness and leisure activities such as tennis, squash, golf and pilates, and they have a range of casual and formal dining options. Membership is open to all nationalities.
21 Scotts Road
American Association of Singapore
Founded in 1917, AAS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the experience of expats and other community members by bringing them together through social events, activities, and career and job support.
Association of Dutch Businesspeople
The Association of Dutch Businesspeople (ADB) was established in 1990 and organizes regular networking events for its members, ranging from lectures and company visits to popular social events such as informal get-togethers and the annual Dinner & Dance.
c/o 22 Camden Park
Australian and New Zealand Association
ANZA was founded in 1948 to provide friendship and support amongst the Australian and New Zealand families based here. ANZA has now grown to a membership base of more than 7000, representing a range of nationalities and age groups.
47A Kampong Bahru Rd
The Belgian and Luxembourg Association of Singapore
The Association promotes Belgian-Luxembourg and Singaporean exchanges in the field of economy, business, culture, science and academics, and organizes social and recreational events for members to stimulate these exchanges.
British Association of Singapore
The British Association of Singapore provides opportunities to meet like–minded people through sporting, social and special interest activities. Whether you are new to Singapore, or have been there a while, the association aims to make your time in Singapore the best it can possibly be.
Tanglin Shopping Centre
19 Tanglin Road #03-61
The British Club
A members’ club with a strong emphasis on families, the membership is cosmopolitan and the amenities are excellent. These include extensive play facilities for children, a spa, swimming pool and a sports centre. You can also enjoy fine dining and the surroundings are tranquil and attractive.
73 Bukit Tinggi Road
Canadian Association of Singapore
A one-stop source for everything you need to know about the Canadian community in Singapore.
Deutsches Haus (German Association)
An association that brings together Germans living and working in Singapore for social activities and networking.
61A Toh Tuck Road
French Association of Singapore (UFE)
Established in 1975, an organisation for social events and support organised by the Singapore French community.
1 Sarkies Road
Hollandse Club (Dutch Club)
An international family club with membership available to all, they have extensive sport and recreation facilities, excellent facilities for children, several bars and restaurants and accommodation is also available.
22 Camden Park
Italian Cultural Institute in Singapore
The Italian Cultural Institute in Singapore is the official organization of the Italian government dedicated to the promotion of Italian language and culture. It has a particularly active role in presenting cultural events in various fields like music, visual and performing arts.
43A Beach Road, Level 2
Evershine & Century Complex
Japanese Association of Singapore
The Japanese Association of Singapore was re-established in 1957 with the objective of becoming an international cultural exchange ground for people to meet, chat and relax.
120 Adam Road
St. Andrew’s Society of Singapore
A lineage society for those of Scottish descent living in Singapore or anyone interested in Scottish traditions and culture—you don’t need to be Scottish to be a member.
PO Box 49
Ghim Moh Estate Post Office
St David’s Society of Singapore
A small Welsh Society group, who get together each month for social events. They have a variety of members from different social and cultural backgrounds who enjoy keeping their Welsh heritage alive (although being Welsh is not a prerequisite to joining!)
80 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-03/04
The Pier @ Roberston Walk
St. Patrick’s Society of Singapore
St. Patrick’s Society is the social connection for the Irish Community in Singapore. The aim is to bring the community together for social gatherings and to celebrate Irish culture.
The Singapore American Community Action Council (SACAC)
SACAC was established in 1973 as a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the local and expatriate community by providing a variety of services and programs which promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
40 Woodlands Street 41, H216
(Located at the Singapore American School)
Singapore Indian Association
Established in 1923, the Singapore Indian Association has evolved into one of the premier social and recreational clubs in Singapore, and currently has around 1,200 members.
69 Balestier Rd
Established in 1871, the club is situated in beautiful surroundings with wonderful views and a tranquil atmosphere. Very much a family-oriented club, there is a wide range of sports and coaching on offer, along with fine dining and a full program of club events.
6 Swiss Club Road
Support and Counselling
Personal counselling services are available from a team of experienced professionals trained in many different areas of mental health, and staff members are fluent in English, Spanish and Tagalog. Areas of counselling specialisation include: depression; relationship/marital concerns; parent/child relationships; school/academic problems.
10 Claymore Hill
(Located at the American Club)
Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)
Offers support services that provide information and support for women who are in distress or at a time of uncertainty in their lives. Experienced counsellors and well-trained volunteers are available to help women resolve a life crisis, deal with a painful past, adjust to changed circumstances or seek out new directions. The AWARE Helpline is open Monday to Friday from 3pm to 9.30pm on 1800 774 5935
Block 5 #01-22 Dover Crescent
Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC)
Singapore’s first and only specialist service supporting women who face sexual assault. SACC offers counselling, a Befriender Service and Legal Advice.
Family Service Centres
Family Service Centres (FSCs) provide social services for families in need. Staffed by social workers and other professionals, services are available for anyone, regardless of nationality or age. There are currently 43 FSCs across Singapore.
A multicultural team of clinical psychologists and psychotherapists who provide services to both the expatriate and local communities. Services include psychotherapy and counseling to children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of concerns and problems,as well as couples and families counseling.
1 North Bridge Road
#06-33 High Street Centre
Oogachaga Counselling and Support (OC) is a counselling and personal development organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals. Services are supervised by credible professionals and agencies in the fields of psychology, therapy and counselling in Singapore who are familiar with issues facing gay, lesbian, transgendered and questioning individuals.
41A Mosque Street
Toastmasters Club of Singapore
Toastmasters’ Club of Singapore is the first and longest-standing in the city and exists to provide members with training for effective communication, public speaking and leadership.
Sheraton Towers Hotel
39 Scotts Road
Lions Club International
Lions Clubs meet the needs of local communities and the world. In Singapore, there are more than 1,800 members serving the under-privileged, making a difference every day.
487 Bedok South Avenue 2
Masonic Club Singapore
The Masonic Club was established in 1886 to support Singapore freemasonry. The site provides a list of the lodges in the city.
23 A Coleman St.
Rotary Club of Singapore
Rotary International is an international service organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
1A International Business Park #12-02
The Foreign Correspondents Association (FCA)
The group was founded in April 1956 and seeks to be the voice of a new generation of journalists and members who are deeply interested in Singapore and the world around them. The Association offers informative and thought-provoking programs.
c/o Open Book
90 Cecil Street #10-02
National Volunteer and Philanthropy Center
Established in 1999, the NVPC is the national body that promotes and develops volunteerism and philanthropy across all sectors, functioning as a first-stop centre, catalyst and networking agency to foster the giving spirit in Singapore, whether of time, money or in kind.
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#04-88 The Central
The government’s eCitizen website provides information regarding volunteering for a range of public services.