Group Info & Team Leaders


On any given day, SIWA members – often with their friends and family – are learning something new, discovering a hidden talent, sharing their experiences or giving back to the community through one of SIWA’s Interest Groups or Tours.

Whether it is a one-day outing or a monthly gathering, join in the fun through one of these SIWA member – organized and – led activities. Online advance registration is required.

If you would like to create a new Interest Group, please contact us here.


Book Club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group. These casual gatherings enable members with different backgrounds to share their thoughts and cultures with each other, all of which make for a deeper understanding of the book.

Books are announced in advance.
Exclusive to members.

Event Date
Book Club: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

This month’s book is “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline.

Book Club: Red Sorghum by Mo Yan

This month’s book is “Red Sorghum” by Mo Yan.

Book Club: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

This month’s book is “The Pearl That Broke Its Shell” by Nadia Hashimi.

Book Club: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

This month’s book is “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson.

Community Service

Community Service offers opportunities to lend your time and energy to directly support the good work of numerous local charity organizations. Each community service project is unique with different time commitments and activities.

Exclusive to members.

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Community Service: Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Make a difference in someone else’s life. We participate every Tuesday, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

International Culinary Exchange

International Culinary Exchange is a delicious way for SIWA members to use their culinary skills, learn about the food customs of other countries and exchange recipes. The host member teaches the cooking class, either at her home or at another venue. All participants receive cooking instructions and share the prepared meal at the end of the class.

Exclusive to members.

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International Culinary Exchange: Tunisian Cuisine

Sophie Lee fell in love with Tunisia and its cuisine during her 3 year stay there. When she returned to Seoul, she opened her own Tunisian Restaurant “CousCous”. We will enjoy an authentic Tunisian meal together, prepared by Sophie, at her Tunisian Home Kitchen Restaurant.

Cultural Connection

Cultural Connection aims to foster better understanding and appreciation of each other’s culture. A SIWA member hosts the gathering at either her home or another venue, gives a brief presentation about her home country and shares a traditional snack.

Exclusive to members.

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Cultural Connection: Mata Hari

The musical Mata Hari is based on the true story of a double spy, Mata Hari ! It is a combination of the dramatic life of the most beloved dancer of the century, along with the thrilling yet romantic music of Frank Wildhorn, and the fanciness of Paris. The dramatic true story of Mata Hari : EMK Musical Company’s first original musical. After its world premiere in 2016, now reborn with a new direction by Stephen Rayne.

Korean English Conversation

The Korean-English Conversation group offers the opportunity for Korean speakers to practice their English and for non-Korean speakers to practice their Korean, at different meeting places, such as museums, parks, etc., during lunchtime. Members learn, teach, and encourage each other through casual conversations.

Exclusive to members.

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Korean-English: Outdoor Activities

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. This month, we will talk about Outdoor Activities (야외 활동).

Korean-English Conversation: Summer Vacation

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. This month, we will talk about Summer Vacation (여름 방학).

Moms and Tots provide an opportunity for “Mom members” to build friendships and meet playmates for your children. Meetings take place at a park, indoor playground, kids’ museum or café.

Members hold events for holidays, special occasions like baby shower parties, “Mom’s Night Out,” and more. Ages range from newborn to six years old.

Exclusive to members.

Event Date
Moms and Tots: Kids Beginner Swimming Lessons

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Classes are taught in English in a salt water heated pool and are 40 minutes long. Advance registration is required. Moms and Tots events are exclusive to SIWA Members.

Moms and Tots: Sunday Fun Day with Pororo

Join SIWA Moms and Tots for a fun day at Pororo Theme Park within Lotte World Jamsil. All ages welcome. Babies under 12 months are free. Toddlers 12-18 months get 50% discount. See tip on how to get other discount tickets for adults and children.

Moms and Tots: Kids Beginner Swimming Lessons

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Classes are taught in English in a salt water heated pool and are 40 minutes long. Advance registration is required. Moms and Tots events are exclusive to SIWA Members.

Moms and Tots: Playgroup with Music Lesson

SIWA Moms and Tots are invited to join a weekly playgroup with an optional paid music lesson. Young children from birth to age 36 months are welcome. First music lesson is complimentary for SIWA Tots!

Moms and Tots: Halloween Supplies and Toy Shopping

Are you looking for special toys, stationery products, birthday party supplies, Halloween costumes or Christmas gifts this year? Then you must explore Dongdaemun toy and stationary alleys! Optional lunch to follow. Free for SIWA Mommies to attend. No kids required.

Moms and Tots: Harvest Market Day with Halloween Costume Contest

SIWA Parents & Kids, let’s meet up on Halloween Day for the annual Harvest Market Day! Costume contest, silent auction, vendors, kids crafts, food and more! Kids 2-12 years old 5,000 won includes all-day bouncy castle and trick-or-treating. Free for babies and 1,000 won for 12+ and adults. Open for all ages.

Moms and Tots: Trick Eye Museum

Trick Eye Museum is a new concept of exhibition space where culture and entertainment are combined. Visitors are invited to explore 3D optical illusion paintings and installations. Free admission for children under 36 months.

Moms and Tots: Christmas Train Visit

Let’s visit the annual Christmas Train. It features a stunning display of vintage trains and wagons… Free for SIWA Moms and Tots to attend. We are meeting up on a Sunday so that husbands and other family members may join us for this festive moment.

Photo Club members meet once a month to gain skills in taking more artistic and structured photographs. Activities include photo shoots, gallery tours, technique workshops, peer feedback and an annual photo exhibition. A camera is required.

Exclusive to members.

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Working Women's Network

Whether you are dedicated to raising a family, building a career or balancing both – we are all working women. The group meets regularly over dinner at different restaurants in order to accommodate SIWA members and non-members who are better able to meet during the evening.

The gathering features a guest speaker and enables members to network socially and professionally.

Open to members and non-members!

Event Date
WWN: Expat's Guide to Collecting Art in Korea

Working Women’s Network speaker is Art Consultant Mr. Paul Kim, who will present “Expat’s Guide to Collecting Art in Korea”.

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