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: The First Wife A Tale of Polygamy by Paulina Chiziane

This month’s book is “The First Wife A Tale of Polygamy” by Paulina Chiziane.

  • Fri, November 10, 2017 1:30 PM
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Book Club: The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fanny Flag

This month’s book is “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” by Fanny Flag.

  • Fri, December 8, 2017 1:30 PM
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Book Club: The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim

This month’s book is “The Calligrapher’s Daughter” by Eugenia Kim.

  • Fri, January 12, 2018 1:30 PM
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Book Club: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

This month’s book is “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri.

  • Fri, February 9, 2018 1:30 PM
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Book Club: Lila by Marilynne Robinson

This month’s book is “Lila” by Marilynne Robinson.

Book Club: The Old King in His Exile by Arno Geiger

This month’s book is “The Old King in His Exile” by Arno Geiger.

Book Club: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

This month’s book is “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov.

Book Club: The Lubetkin Legacy by Marina Lewycka

This month’s book is “The Lubetkin Legacy” by Marina Lewycka.

Book Club: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

This month’s book is “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Book Club: A gesture life by Lee Chang Rae

This month’s book is “A gesture life” by Lee Chang Rae.

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.

Event Date
CS: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Make a difference in someone else’s life at Anna’s House, where 500+ meals are served daily at the soup kitchen for the homeless . We participate every Tuesday in this COMMUNITY SERVICE project, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

  • Tue, October 24, 2017 1:00 PM
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CS: Infant Orphanage on Tuesdays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies. COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Tue, November 21, 2017 12:00 PM
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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.

Event Date
ICE: Brazilian Tasting

We are pleased to invite you for a Brazilian Tasting Lunch. Come and learn more about the variety of food of different regions of this large and fascinating country. Including a quick demonstration how to prepare the typical Rice with Meat from South of Brazil (Carreteiro) and Caipirinha drink.

  • Wed, October 25, 2017 11:30 AM
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ICE: Afternoon Tea, Keep Calm & Put the Kettle On

Afternoon tea : how much do you know about this deeply-rooted British custom? Did you know that in Britain tea is not just a drink but is also a meal. Do you know the difference between elevenses, a high tea, a cream tea and afternoon tea? The British believe that everything can be cured by tea so come and find out how this very British tradition was born.

  • Fri, November 10, 2017 11:00 AM
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ICE: Holiday Food from Around the World

Many cultures have special foods associated with various holidays. For this INTERNATIONAL CULINARY EXCHANGE, each participant will bring a holiday dish to share with the group. You may choose a main dish, salad or dessert. Join us for the fun!

  • Tue, December 5, 2017 12:00 PM
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ICE: Raclette as in the French Alps

In this ICE program we will eat Raclette the traditional way: melted cheese on a hot potato, with cold cuts, cornichons, salad and butter served as side dishes. A glass of dry white wine will complete this meal.

  • Tue, January 16, 2018 11:00 AM
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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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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.

Event Date
Korean-English: Save the Date November

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.

  • Tue, November 7, 2017 11:00 AM
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Korean-English: Save the Date December

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.

  • Tue, December 12, 2017 11:00 AM
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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: NIK Playgroup

Mud kitchen, sandbox, playground, oh my! Let’s enjoy the cool outdoor weather and clean air. Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

  • Tue, October 24, 2017 9:30 AM
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Moms and Tots: Postnatal Exercise Class

You have recently given birth and want your body to get back in shape? Then join our Postnatal Exercise
Class on a weekly basis exclusive for SIWA moms and babies!

  • Fri, October 27, 2017 10:00 AM
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Moms and Tots: Halloween Playdate

Lilliput Premium Kids Cafe in Hannam-dong will be decorated in Halloween theme. Let’s get our kids dressed up in costume too (optional) and hang out for an afternoon of fun at this kids cafe. Infants, toddlers and Kindergarten kids are welcome!

  • Mon, October 30, 2017 3:30 PM
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Moms and Tots: NIK Book Week

Mud kitchen, sandbox, playground, oh my! Let’s enjoy the cool outdoor weather and clean air. Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

  • Thu, November 2, 2017 9:30 AM
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Moms and Tots: Fall Photo Shoot

The fall season is upon us and it will be a lovely time to go to the park with our children. SIWA Moms will have the opportunity to have these special moments captured by a professional photographer who is also a proud SIWA Mom for a nominal fee. Hanbok costumes for the children are optional. Husbands and extended family are welcome for this family photo shoot event.

  • Sat, November 4, 2017 9:00 AM
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Moms and Tots: Seoul Lantern Festival

Let’s go on a sunset stroll along Cheonggyecheon Stream while we enjoy the annual Seoul Lantern Festival. This event is free and fun for all ages. Kids not required. Spouses welcome.

  • Sun, November 5, 2017 4:00 PM
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Moms and Tots: Beginner Swimming Classes

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.

  • Tue, November 7, 2017 3:30 PM
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Moms and Tots: Coffee Mingle Playdate (ages 0-7 years)

SIWA Moms are invited to have coffee and mingle, while our SIWA Tots play! Come join us for a fun playdate at iPlay Kids Cafe at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). This indoor wooden playground and kids cafe is ideal for children ages 7 and under (free for infants). SIWA Families receive a special 20% discount. Admission includes a free beverage (coffee or tea). Invite your mommy friends and their children, because the November Coffee Morning Mingle event is open to both members and non-members.

  • Wed, November 8, 2017 11:00 AM
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Moms and Tots: NIK Playgroup

Mud kitchen, sandbox, playground, oh my! Let’s enjoy the cool outdoor weather and clean air. Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

  • Thu, November 9, 2017 9:30 AM
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Moms and Tots: Fall Book Fair

The Fall Book Fair is a good place to find English children books in Korea for your little ones! Free for SIWA Mommies and families. All ages welcome. No children required. Optional lunch to follow.

  • Thu, November 9, 2017 11:00 AM
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Moms and Tots: NIK Playgroup

Mud kitchen, sandbox, playground, oh my! Let’s enjoy the cool outdoor weather and clean air. Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

  • Thu, November 16, 2017 9:30 AM
  • Register
Moms and Tots: Mommy Lunch Meetup

SIWA Moms and Tots are venturing out for a lunch at a family-friendly Italian restaurant. Bringing your child is optional. Free for SIWA Mommies to attend. Pay for your own meal and drink. SIWA Members receive 10% discount.

  • Mon, November 20, 2017 11:00 AM
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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.

  • Thu, November 23, 2017 10:00 AM
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Moms and Tots: Christmas Train Visit (All Ages)

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.

  • Sun, November 26, 2017 10:30 AM
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Moms and Tots: NIK Playgroup

Mud kitchen, sandbox, playground, oh my! Let’s enjoy the cool outdoor weather and clean air. Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

  • Thu, November 30, 2017 9:30 AM
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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: Use your hobby to promote startups

Doria Garms-Sotelo has been an avid photographer for over 30 years. About 5 years ago she began blogging as a way to organize her photos and reflect on her world wide travels. She recently added videography as a way to include her many hikes in and around Bukhansan National Park. Join us for this WORKING WOMEN’S NETWORK.

  • Fri, November 17, 2017 6:45 PM
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WWN: December Mingle Night with Liqueur Tasting

This December we will enjoy a special menu inspired by the delicious and mysterious French liqueur, Chartreuse. Chef Gregory from L’Empreinto Bistro will prepare a special meal for our WWN participants as he introduces Chartreuse Liqueur. Come and join us for an end-of-the-year mingle and this special treat.

  • Wed, December 20, 2017 6:45 PM
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