IN Activities

Our monthly programs and small groups are held from September through May. Some groups continue throughout the summer.
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Tea Groups

International Neighbors began in a Tea Group over 60 years ago when an American lady invited international friends to her house for coffee and conversation. After that the international guests felt more at home in Ann Arbor, so many miles from friends and families in their own countries.

What makes a Tea Group special is the core group of friends who stay together year after year, welcoming a new group of guests each fall to join them at different hostess’ houses. Think of it as being part of a multi-generational family with grandmothers, young mothers and everything in between. Children are always welcome. And such strong friendships cannot break apart even in a pandemic.

With the uncertainties of the Delta variant we cannot invite you to our houses yet. But all that will change. We would like to get to know you via outdoor walks, Zoom calls, or other socially distanced events. 

When can you join a Tea Group? Please check all the times you are available:

2nd Tuesday of the month, 10 AM (AAH)
2nd Wednesday, 1 PM (AAW)
2nd Thursday, 9:30 AM (BP)
2nd Thursday, 1:15 PM (ANG)
3rd Monday, 9:30 AM (WW)

Any questions please contact Robyn at tea@international- neighbors.org.

Thank you for your interest in the Tea Groups.

2nd Tuesday 10 AM (AAH)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month for conversation and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group.
  • Request to Join this Group

2nd Wednesday 1 PM (AAW)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month for conversation and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group.
  • Request to Join this Group

2nd Thursday 9:30 AM (BP)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month for conversation and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group.
  • Request to Join this Group

2nd Thursday 1:15 PM (ANG)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month for conversation and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group.
  • Request to Join this Group

3rd Monday 9:30 AM (WW)

  • Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests.
  • They meet at least once a month for conversation and friendship.
  • Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 2 hours.
  • It is not necessary to be fluent in English to participate in a Tea Group.
  • Request to Join this Group

Request to join a Tea Group

Please choose ALL the groups you want to participate in; we will tell you if you can get in or not. The more times/days you are available the better your chance of getting a space. You are welcome to join a regular Tea Group (all but one welcome children). 

  • We need more hostess for Tea Groups!
  • *After you request to join a group (or groups), your Group Leader(s) will contact you in a few weeks (usually 2-3). If not, please email us at info@international-neighbors.org, and let us know your name and the group(s) you request to join. Thank you.
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Conversation Groups

Beg. English – every Monday, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

English Conversation Groups (Sept-May) are for women who wish to practice and improve their spoken English with the assistance of a volunteer leader. Groups of 5-15 women meet weekly in different classrooms or in the home of the leader. Groups are divided into beginner and intermediate level learners. Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Some groups include children. Request to join this group.

All levels – every Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (children are welcome)

English Conversation Groups (Sept-May) are for women who wish to practice and improve their spoken English with the assistance of a volunteer leader. Groups of 5-15 women meet weekly in different classrooms or in the home of the leader. Groups are divided into beginner and intermediate level learners. Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Some groups include children. Request to join this group.

Intermediate – every Tuesday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

English Conversation Groups (Sept-May) are for women who wish to practice and improve their spoken English with the assistance of a volunteer leader. Groups of 5-15 women meet weekly in different classrooms or in the home of the leader. Groups are divided into beginner and intermediate level learners. Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Some groups include children. Request to join this group.

Intermediate – every Wednesday 9:30 AM – 11.00 AM

English Conversation Groups (Sept-May) are for women who wish to practice and improve their spoken English with the assistance of a volunteer leader. Groups of 5-15 women meet weekly in different classrooms or in the home of the leader. Groups are divided into beginner and intermediate level learners. Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Some groups include children. Request to join this group.

Intermediate – every Thursday, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

English Conversation Groups (Sept-May) are for women who wish to practice and improve their spoken English with the assistance of a volunteer leader. Groups of 5-15 women meet weekly in different classrooms or in the home of the leader. Groups are divided into beginner and intermediate level learners. Meetings are usually held in the daytime for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Some groups include children. Request to join this group.

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Reading Groups

Intermediate (Low) Reading Group – 2nd & 4th Thursday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This group uses books, newspapers and online articles from various websites, such as m.live and annarborobserver.com, as well as short novels and short stories (fiction).  Currently we are meeting on Zoom. Request to join this group.

Intermediate (High) Reading Group: 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

This group uses intermediate to advanced fluency in communication.  Members are expected to read 50-60 pages of a book (fiction or non-fiction) before each meeting (usually two weeks apart – the 2nd and 4th Wednesday morning of the month).  Unfamiliar vocabulary, grammar and idioms are often discussed.  Now that we’re meeting virtually, we now offer the opportunity to members to have the option to chat on the weeks we don’t meet to discuss the book.  Request to join this group.

Intermediate (High) Mystery Book Reading Group: Every Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

  • This is a high-intermediate English level group for those of us who love to read detective novels and murder mysteries.  We try to choose books that are not overly violent or gruesome and that are short enough to be finished in 3 to 6 weeks.  Participation in the group will require each member to read between 50 to 70 pages a week (each member can also opt to listen to the week’s assignment in audio book).  Discussion and comments during the meetings are based on the assigned reading but the group also spends time in conversation about everyday life.  This is a small group which gives more opportunity for each member to participate, get to know each other and forge friendships.  We are currently meeting virtually on Zoom and will decide together with members when we feel comfortable meeting in person.  Request to join this group.

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Advanced Reading Group, 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM  October-May

A friendly reading group of 8-12 intermediate to advanced English readers.  Please visit us for a meeting or two to see if we are the right fit for you!  Optional summer outings and socializing. We generally read one book a month and members take turns choosing a book and leading the discussion.  We meet at least two times for each book.

Currently we are meeting on Zoom.  The group may have outdoor meetings this Fall as weather permits.  Request to join this group.

Advanced Reading Group, 2nd & 4th Thursday, 9:30 AM – 12:00 Noon

This year’s group is specifically designed for women interested in reading and discussing a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books (we typically cover the gamut!).  We will be covering American literature books and foreign literature translated into English.  However, given the advanced subject material, participation will require advanced English/fluency skills to fully engage.  Members of the group take turns leading the discussion for each meeting’s book/topic area.  All books should also be readily available at local libraries for check-out.  We are currently meeting in person.  Request to join this group.


 Request to join a Reading Group

Please choose ALL the groups you want to participate in; we will tell you whether you can get in or not.

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  • *After you request to join a group (or groups), your Group Leader(s) will contact you in a few weeks (usually 2-3). If not, please email us at info@international-neighbors.org, and let us know your name and the group(s) you request to join. Thank you.
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Discussion Groups

Topic Groups (Advanced English): 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 10:00–12:00 PM

The Wednesday morning Discussion Group members have a lot of fun. We are flexible in choosing topics,  which range from recipes to economics to the weekend activities we enjoy. We meet in homes but also take trips and go out to lunch. Request to join this group.

Topic Groups (Advanced English): 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 1:00–3:00 PM

We strive for diversity, so we accept only three women from the same country. We meet and discuss topics suggested by our members.  Everyone takes a turn speaking.  It is very informal and fun. We take one field trip each year and meet for lunch at a restaurant in May. We meet in the homes of our members.  Those who cannot host, can help provide refreshments. You do not need to attend every meeting, but we hope you can come to most of them. Request to join this group.

Fun & Games: 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 6:30 PM

This group is intended for women who cannot attend daytime groups. It’ll involve casual conversation around a variety of activities at members’ homes and out around Ann Arbor, such as Board Game Night, Wardrobe Exchange, Lawn Games, Attending the Summer Festival together, etc. Request to join this group.


Language Groups (Advanced English):

French: 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 7:30–9:30 PM

Les réunions du groupe de discussion française sont le premier et le troisième mardi soir du mois pendant l’année scolaire.  Nous nous réunissons chez les membres, et un autre membre apporte quelques gourmandises.  Nous espérons que les membres du groupe peuvent tenir le rôle d’hôtesse ou d’assistante une ou deux fois chaque année.  Le troisième mardi du mois nous discutons sur un sujet choisi, par exemple, une région de la France ou les traditions de jours de fêtes.Request to join this group.

German: 1st & 3rd Monday, 1:00-3:00 PM

This group welcomes native and nonnative speakers to share their thoughts about topics of general interest and German and American culture. Members support each other to stay connected to their home country and to adjust and feel at home abroad. Everyone has a great opportunity to improve their knowledge of the German language. Request to join this group.

Japanese: 4th Friday, 9:30-11:30 AM

This group welcomes native and nonnative speakers to share their thoughts about topics of general interest and Japanese and American culture. Members support each other to stay connected to their home country and to adjust and feel at home abroad. Everyone has a great opportunity to improve their knowledge of the Japanese language. Request to join this group.

Portuguese: 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 AM

This group welcomes native and nonnative speakers to share their thoughts about topics of general interest and Portuguese and American culture. Members support each other to stay connected to their home country and to adjust and feel at home abroad. Everyone has a great opportunity to improve their knowledge of the Portuguese language. Request to join this group.

Spanish I: 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 12:30–2:30 PM

We are a group of Spanish speakers, many of whom are native speakers from many different countries. However, the group has a number of members who are speakers of Spanish with varying abilities.

We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from late September through late May or early June. We meet at different homes, socialize while we eat whatever the hostess has prepared as well as food contributions from other members.

With few exceptions, there is an announced topic of conversation for the last hour of the meeting. Request to join this group.

Spanish II: 4th Tuesday, 7:30–9:30 PM

We are a group of Spanish speakers, many of whom are native speakers from many different countries. However, the group has a number of members who are advanced speakers of Spanish.

We meet the 4th Tuesday of each month from late September through late May or early June. We meet at different homes, socialize while we eat whatever the hostess has prepared as well as food contributions from other members.

With few exceptions, there is an announced topic of conversation for the last hour of the meeting. Request to join this group.


Film Groups (Advanced English): 1st & 3rd Thursday, 7:30–10:00 PM

Our diverse group (of women from 15 different countries) meets in members’ homes. We enjoy watching international movies that have been recommended by members.  Each alternate meeting we discuss a topic relevant to the movie we have just watched.  Our long traditions include several special events, such as a Mid-August lunch, Red Carpet Soiree, and White Elephant Sale. Request to join this group.

Film Groups (Advanced English): 1st & 3rd Friday, 12:30–3:30 PM

We meet at member’s homes every other Friday afternoon at 12:30 PM.  We have a sign-up sheet for members to supply light refreshments.  Our films begin promptly at 1 PM followed by a discussion that generally lasts until 4 PM.  All films are either in spoken English or English subtitles.  We view a variety of films from around the world.  We do not view films with graphic violence, however some films have contained war-related bloodshed. Request to join this group.

Film Groups (Advanced English): 3rd Tuesday, afternoon

We meet at member’s homes third Tuesday afternoon.  We have a sign-up sheet for members to supply light refreshments.  Our films begin promptly then are followed by a discussion.  All films are either in spoken English or English subtitles.  We view a variety of films from around the world.  We do not view films with graphic violence, however some films have contained war-related bloodshed.

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Special Interest Groups

Food Groups

Baking Adventures: 1st Friday, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

We will bake many favorite recipes: to include breads, rolls, muffins, cookies, cakes, pizzas, waffles, quiches and gallettes. Come join us and bake with our group. This group cannot accommodate children. Request to join this group.

International Cooking (I): 2nd Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Meetings will begin at 9:30 am the leader’s home and will end around 12:30 pm, after the group has lunched on what has been prepared that day.
  • Each member will “demonstrate” by preparing typical dishes of her home country (using ingredients brought by her).
  • Members will be selected from all those who sign up in a manner that maximizes the variety of nationalities.
  • Attendance – Participants are expected to come on time (without children) and to let the leader know in advance if they must miss a meeting, regardless of the reason. If they miss a meeting without letting the leader know, they will be replaced with someone on the waiting list.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

International Cooking (II): 3rd Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Meetings will begin at 9:30 am the leader’s home and will end around 12:30 pm, after the group has lunched on what has been prepared that day.
  • Each member will “demonstrate” by preparing typical dishes of her home country (using ingredients brought by her). Members will be selected from all those who sign up in a manner that maximizes the variety of nationalities.
  • Attendance – Participants are expected to come on time (without children) and to let the leader know in advance if they must miss a meeting, regardless of the reason. If they miss a meeting without letting the leader know, they will be replaced with someone on the waiting list.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

Vegetarian Cooking I: 1st Monday, 10:30-12:00

  • Who: The group is for vegetarian and non-vegetarian women who would like to learn more about vegetarian cooking. It’s important to have women from many countries, so we learn about food from different cultures.
  • What: We take turns making vegetarian dishes and bringing them (or demonstrating how to make them) at our meetings.
  • Where: We take turns meeting at the homes of some of our members. (It is not necessary to host a meeting to be in the group.)
  • Attendance: It is important to tell the leader and the host if you cannot be at a meeting. If you can’t come to most of the meetings, someone on the wait list will take your place in the group.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

Arts & Crafts

Knitting: 2nd and 4th Thursday, 1:30-3:30

  • Who: The group is for women who CAN knit. You don’t need to know a lot, just how to knit and purl. We share patterns and help you improve your skills.
  • Supplies: You purchase your own yarn and needles. We have pattern books, etc.  you can borrow.
  • Attendance: We meet every Thursday in a craft room for two hours, except on International Day. Come when you can and stay for one or two hours.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

Let’s make music: 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We will have fun sharing music from around the world – learning songs from a variety of cultures – both traditional and current. Please join us if you play an instrument or enjoy singing. Request to join this group.


Exercise and Fitness

Hiking: Every Monday, 10:00 am – noon (March-November)

  • What – we meet at local parks year round, weather permitting. An email is sent on Saturday with the location.
  • We hike for 1 ½ – 2 hours, sometimes we go up steep hills.
  • We take a break halfway.
  • No one hikes alone and we talk as we walk.
  • Attendance – Come when you can, but arrive by 10 am because we leave on time.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children
  • Request to join this group.

Hiking: 2nd & 4th Thursday, 1:00pm – 3:00 pm (Late March-November)

  • What – We walk for about 1 1/2 hours twice a month April – November, weather permitting.
  • In the cooler weather, we begin at 1 pm and in the hotter months, we begin at 10 am.
  • Where – The group meets at different locations in the Ann Arbor area. On the Sunday before the hike, the next location and directions are sent to members.
  • Attendance – Come when you can, but come on time.
  • *OK for children, but not toddlers, because some of the trails are uneven and not good for strollers.
  • Request to join this group.

Stroller walking: Every Thursday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • What – we meet every second Wednesday for a 1-hour walk
  • When – March through November, weather permitting. An email will be sent the week prior to the meet.
  • Attendance – Come when you can, but arrive by 10:00 am because we leave on time.
  • *** Children are included in this group, bring your stroller or your carrier, if your toddler would like to walk we can include some slow walking time towards the end of the walk for them.
  • Optional: Stay afterward for a play.
  • Request to join this group.

Excursions

International Foodies: 3rd Tuesday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • Participants choose, as a group, various places in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio that they want to visit for the day.
  • Lunch out is always a part of the excursion, and many of the excursions involve making something or learning about a new culture.
  • Past excursions have included traveling to Hamtramck to make a Polish folk craft, visiting Sauder Historic Village in rural Ohio, taiko drumming in Novi, and visiting the Toledo Museum of Art to see a show on Native American art, and make glass beads.
  • Participants need to be aware that the excursions can leave as early at 8:30 am and arrive back as late as 4 pm.
  • Also, the participants need to pay for all their expenses; a typical excursion is about $20.
  • *This group cannot accommodate children.
  • Request to join this group.

Chat and Chew: 1st Tuesday, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

  • Join this fun and active group to get to know each other and establish lasting friendships in a casual environment. The meetings will be at coffee shops, restaurants, bistro’s, etc.
  • After the 1st meeting, each member will be asked to choose a month. They will select the restaurant, make the reservation and confirm with the group.
  • Request to join this group.


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Cultural Encounters

All are invited to join our Cultural Encounters group now in its fifth year. Meeting for a two-hour program once a month, we feature a different culture with a lively discussion about what makes it unique and have a delicious sampling of food.

Learn by Comparing Cultures

We learn from each other comparing the social aspects of our own cultures. How large a factor is community opinion versus individual choice? Is being on time important? What about authority and relationships? What is a typical wedding ceremony like? How are the people and nature connected in various cultures? Get the insights into all the dos and don’ts of our very unique countries, ask questions and broaden your world knowledge in a very relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Children are always welcome, but this year, due to the uncertainty of the Covid—19 situation we will remain on Zoom meetings this year

In the past we had encounters featuring Indonesia, Kazakhstan, India, Poland, Japan and Somalia. Thank you to all our wonderful hostesses! Other ideas are very welcome.

Please sign up online if you would like to attend and/or be added to our e-mail list. Additional details will follow. Request to join this group.


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International Day (IN Day)

International Day is a monthly gathering for all women. It is usually held on the third Thursday afternoon October through May from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Socializing, refreshments and special programs give women an opportunity to share their cultures and gain a deeper insight into American life. Approximately, 100 women participate each month. Childcare is provided if needed.

 

Date for 2021 Fall Open House 

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 Fall Open House from 1:00 – 2:30 at Gallup  Park in the Mass Shelter.

 

International Days are held at
Zion Lutheran Church Social Hall
1501 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

*International Neighbors has no religious affiliations.

Special Events

Our Fall Open House and Annual Meeting are organized on the first and the last International Day of the year. They are both in its own way a celebration of our organization.

Fall Open House

Fall Open House officially opens the activity season. It is held each year on a Thursday in September from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Old and new members gather to socialize and to learn more about activities in the coming year. Childcare is provided if needed. If possible, please carpool (drive with a friend) to minimize crowding in the parking lot or use public transportation.

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting takes place on the last International Day of the year in May. It is a celebration of everything we accomplished during the past year. After a short official part where we vote on the new board, present the annual report and thank our volunteers, we enjoy a wonderful potluck in the company of all our friends.