5 events in Paris to help you settle in fast

If you’ve recently moved to Paris and Ile de France, here are five events to help you settle in as quickly as possible, from learning how to act like a Parisian to signing up for language courses, networking and more…

Parents and small child walking through Paris

1. Join a new style of business networking for women

The Global Woman Club launches in Paris on 14 September. Here’s what the organisers say about the new opportunity for business women to meet: “You can share your personal story, your mission and/or vision, and talk about your business. Members can leave brochures or leaflets on the table by the entrance/exit or on the chairs during the break.”

Global Woman Club Paris

“The Global Woman Club has evolved from Global Woman magazine, sharing so many great and inspirational stories and often bringing these women together to connect and share in person.” Read more about the event and how to register at Angloinfo Paris Events.

2. Understand how a Parisian’s mind works!

There’s no better way to feel like you know Paris than getting inside the psyche of the Parisian people… or at least trying to! And no better way to do that than spend the evening with Olivier Giraud performing in ‘How to Become Parisian in one hour’.

How to become Parisian in one hour

“Olivier Giraud will teach you everything you need to know in order to survive in the Parisian jungle. After the show, you’ll act like a real Parisian in every situation encountered during your trip: taxi, metro, restaurant, shop, night club… Even your intimacy with your partner will never be the same!” Find all the dates and times of the show here.

3. The Fête de la Gastronomie on 22 September at Le Cordon Bleu Paris institute

Delicacies at la Fête de la Gastronomie

Eating and appreciating good food is at the heart of living in Paris. So, a good way to learn more about the culture of food is to attend this special event – part of this year’s national Fête de la Gastronomie. Le Cordon Bleu Paris is holding a round table event to illustrate the national theme of “At the heart of the product” with discussions with experts from Le Cordon Bleu about “Products from the city centre”. Discover more event details here.

4. Meet other expats and locals in a supportive English-speaking learning environment

If you would like to continue learning during your stay in Paris or volunteer through art, culture or language opportunities, WICE is a great place to start. “WICE is one of the oldest Anglophone organisations in Paris.”

“For more than 35 years, this non-profit association has been offering cultural and educational programmes to the international and expat community in Paris. Day-to-day operations are supported by a dedicated group of volunteers, diverse in age and nationality.” Find out more about the WICE programmes and opportunities at the WICE Open House on 19 September.

5. Renew your reading list (and donate books you no longer need)

If you need some new books (who doesn’t?) or want to pass on some of your old ones, make a date in your diary for the SOS Help Autumn Book Sale on Sunday, 15 October from noon to 16:00.

Last year’s SOS Help book sale

Founded in 1974, SOS Help is a Paris-based not-for-profit emotional support line offering a free listening service for anyone going through a difficult time. They can be reached on 01 46 21 46 46 (15:00 to 23:00 daily). More details of the books sale are available here.

For more events and things to do on your own or with your family, visit Angloinfo Paris Events for some great inspiration.

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