Zug International Women’s Club Interest Groups
Make & Create
Knit and Natter
This is just the group for those interested in knitting and crochet. You will have fun, find encouragement, get professional advice, learn new ideas, and make new friends.
People wishing to learn are very welcome.
Diane Price, the Interest Group Leader of the new Cooking group is inviting you to join and share your experiences with her!
“Whilst in Singapore I was part of a cooking group which I really enjoyed. I found it fascinating to learn and try recipes from the other group members’ home countries and then share the delicious food with them. You can prepare anything from a main course, baking item or even a 3-course meal! The beauty of these groups is the flexibility – cook whatever you want. No pressure on anybody or expectations – even a salad is fine. You really do not need to be a great cook to host a session – I am certainly not! The idea is to get new recipe ideas and meet up with people to share the food. If you get different nationalities in a group, it is nice if they prepare something from their own countries. I am really enthusiastic in leading a similar group here in Zug.”
The group meets on a Thursday once a month and in due course we could even have meetings every 2nd week or even have additional evening or weekend sessions. We are aiming for a group of 6 members to keep things manageable.
If you will be hosting the group, you will normally arrange to meet at around 10 am for a coffee before the session starts. The host will have planned what you are going to cook and will provide copies of the recipe(s) to the group members.
Learn how to grow your own vegetables in an easy way on your balcony or terrace.
You learn all about how to plan, sow, grow and harvest.
Émely calls herself a foodie by birth growing up in her mom’s kitchen and garden.
Her two biggest passions are cooking and gardening, as in growing her own herbs and vegetables. Since her recovery from cancer she dedicated her terrace to growing her own vegetables and loves to share her passion, knowledge, and expertise with you.
You do not need “green fingers” because this group is for everybody passionate about food, vegetables, and herbs from beginner to seasoned gardener.
The vegetables gardening group still has spots for vegetable loving ladies who’d like to (start) growing them themselves on their balcony, terrace or in the garden.
For ladies who don’t have a garden and don’t have the opportunity to garden on their balcony or terrace, can still opt-in for the allotment in Hünenberg.
However, we will only decide on getting that land if we have enough ladies willing to really commit to doing the work. There is no big financial involvement needed as we can get the plot for free.
Morning Group All women wishing to participate in book reading and discussion are very welcome to join us!
Afternoon Group If you are interested in reading a new book and discussing it with other Club members over a coffee on a Monday afternoon, please join Diane in our new Afternoon Book Club.
The books will be chosen in turns by all members of the group!
The Book Club – Fit and Kicking Group focuses on non-fiction books which cover the latest scientific findings on health and wellbeing with the aim to improve quality of life and vitality. The group will review one non-fiction book each month. Topics will be wide ranging and will include any aspect of healthy living which we deem to be of interest such as stress reduction, gut & brain health, sleep and more. The group meets in person once per month on a Tuesday afternoon from 14:00 to 16:00.
Disclaimer: This group will not provide medical recommendations of any sort. Each participant must decide what information or activities they would like to include in their life. All medical conditions should be addressed with doctor or other authorized medical practitioner.
Group leads : Jan Frei & Caroline Hoem
Business & Volunteering
Business Networking Group (BNG)
The group focuses on women who are interested in business topics, who are working, managing their company, intending to start up a new company, or are changing their working life.
This group shares knowledge, experiences, information, ideas, and techniques. The program includes speeches, brainstorm sessions, workshops, and coaching sessions. This group meets once a month in the evening.
Members of this group discuss a topic through questions in a friendly atmosphere. Through our discussion we distinguish strong points and difficulties in the language and at the end of the lesson, important notes and grammar are analyzed. This intermediate group is led by Eugenia Loras, a native speaker and certified English teacher.
NEW Beginners Group & Intermediate/Advanced Group
If you are a fan of Italy’s food, wine, fashion, and culture, here is your chance to learn the nuances of its beautiful “singing” language. Marina Cesena and Cristina Rocco are native Italian speakers and are looking forward to welcoming new ladies!
Are you new to the Italian language or not so confident? From 15.00 – 16.00 we will have a beginner’s basic conversation. Do you want to keep on learning? Are your conversation skills intermediate or more advanced? Then continue by joining the more advanced group from 16.00 – 17.00!
Tandem Language Conversations
Tandem is a method of language learning based on mutual language exchange between tandem partners, where ideally each learner is a native speaker in the language the other person wants to learn. Both partners can meet in person and the aim is for participants taking part to learn each other’s languages. Time must be equally divided so that the exchange of language learning is distributed fairly.
Therefore, if you are interested in learning a new language or improving an existing one, then you can post in the New Tandem Conversations Blog we have created on our Website under “Happening Now”. There you can post which language you wish to learn more and which language you are offering for conversations. Through the postings in the Blog, you can find your Tandem partner and arrange where and when you will be meeting!
The Club will also advertise in the upcoming Newsletters the members requests that are posted in the Blog and through our website Membership details you will be able to communicate directly! So, please enter your interests under your Membership profile, section About, ‘Tell us something about yourself’.
Out & About / Fun
Spotlight Events are member organized experiences created for other members. Exhibitions, movies, concerts, sightseeing, day trips and business presentations are examples of what a Spotlight Event may be. Ski trips, wine tasting, cooking lessons, direct sales parties, the possibilities are endless!
Last Minute Outings WhatsApp Group
If you are interested in receiving spontaneous invitations to various outings, as proposed by Valerie, please join this group by texting her. This group communicates only by WhatsApp and only reply if you are willing to join the outing!
Girls in Town WhatsApp Group
“Girls in Town” will embrace and encourage spontaneous outings suggested by any member, such as a Ship Cruise, going for a drink or a stroll to the lake, watching a movie etc. The suggestion to be communicated can be as “It’s a nice evening and I’d love to have a drink and/or stroll by the lake, would anyone like to join me?” or “I’m planning to visit the Art Museum Kunsthaus Zug on June 23, would anyone like to join me?”
When a member of the WhatsApp list has a suggestion for such an outing, they can send a message to the group recipients and inform them as to what the details of the outing suggestion are. From then on, only whoever is interested in joining, can either turn up or communicate together with the member suggesting the outing if they want to go together.
These outings will operate only through the WhatsApp. If time permits, the proposing member/organiser can post or ask the Web Editor to post on the Website ‘Happening Now’ section.
Bar & Lounge
Join us for an apéro after work or a long day. Meet up with other members and share your stories. The Bar & Lounge Group meets on a Tuesday once a month and is welcoming everyone for a relaxing drink and chat after work.
Monthly Lunch & Dinner Clubs
The Monthly Lunches and Dinners are hosted by our members in the wonderful restaurants available in all areas of Zug. Get to know your fellow Club members in an enjoyable and social environment over a wonderful dish at lunch or dinner! You get the opportunity to visit many different places that you were not aware of, meet as many interesting new ladies as possible and have new chapters unfold with lifetime friendships ahead!
Italian Wine Tasting
Are you a fan of wine? Don’t miss this opportunity!
Join this group for a tasting tour through Italian wines. Group leader Lorella is a certified Sommelier.
Membership in this group is limited, but please contact Lorella for space availability and meeting details.
Tapas & Friends
Hablas español? Have you studied Spanish in college? Is your partner Mexican? Have you lived abroad in a Spanish speaking country? Have you learned this language while travelling in South America? Did you learn it online during the last years? Then this new interest group is for you! We will be meeting every 2-3 months to go out for tapas, cook a paella or Mexican food together, see a film in Spanish in the cinema, visit a Frida Kahlo art exposition or even go to a concert of a Latin singer when they are in Switzerland. We will exclusively speak Spanish during these outings and you will be able to learn new words and remember those that you haven’t used in a long time… This group will mainly meet in the evening, during weekdays.
If you are interested in being part of this group contact Valerie Gitter.
Fitness & Health
Emotional Intelligence – NEW
Issues, misunderstandings and arguments are part of every relationship be it personal or professional, but how you react will dictate how you feel at the end of it. Were you able to convey your thoughts and intention to the other person? Were you able to really ‘listen’ to other person’s reason and explanation or was it lost in the heat of the moment? Did you respond or did you react?
The human heart’s biggest desire is to be seen, heard and understood. Be it your spouse, your children, your boss or colleagues, deep down they just want to be respected. They want to share their thoughts and opinions, and most of all want to convey their feelings (fear, vulnerability, pain, sadness, insecurity etc.) but are rarely able to, just like you.
If you want to discover more rewarding ways to communicate with others, then these workshops will definitely be thought provoking, engaging and unexpected.
Shilpa, a certified Professional Life Coach & NLP Master Practitioner, will share some of the insights and techniques that will help you improve your social, personal and professional relationships. She will hold monthly workshops on specific topics, so if you are interested in joining please contact Shilpa Sukumar.
Badminton is a great way to have some exercise and fun at the same time!
The badminton group plays every Tuesday morning. New members are always welcome, and some previous experience is recommended but not necessary!
This is a sport fitness hiking group. The group walks with a speedy pace in the mountains around Zug. Please show up FIT for the hike. Every session will take around 2 hours. Please email Amy Egger if you would like to participate!
New Intermediate Walking/Hiking Group
The Intermediate Walking/Hiking Group will run walks of around 1.5 to 2.5 hours every Wednesday afternoon. There may be some hikes in the mountains, but they will be done at an intermediate pace, with short stops if necessary. The group members will take turns in choosing and leading a walk.
If you want to exercise and make new friends at the same time do join our new group!
A weekly social walk for members who enjoy walking at a leisurely pace. We walk on Monday afternoons at 13:30 for 7km/90 minutes (plus a coffee stop!). It is a great way to make new friends!
Last-Minute Tennis WhatsApp Group!
Do you love playing tennis? Do you have difficulty in finding a co-player? Would you like to be spontaneously invited to play? Well, Adriana Schiraldi who comes from Argentina and loves playing tennis, would like to invite you to the New Last-Minute Tennis What’s Up Group which will begin its activities in February!
Initially, Adriana will be monitoring the invitations/postings within the group but at a later stage any member can propose and organize singles or doubles games and will be responsible for arranging all the details ie. reserving the court and stating if it is for a single or a double game. The group members must be intermediate and/or high-level players (not beginners) who will enjoy practicing their beloved sport and at the same time making new friends within the Club community!
This group will communicate only by WhatsApp, so if you are interested in being part of it, please join by texting Adriana!
Zuger Trophy Walking and Running Group
Are you looking for a walking or running partner? We will be taking part in the Zugerberg Finanz Trophy this year. There are 6 stages, with each starting place offering a short, middle or long distance. You can walk, nordic walk or run, the choice is yours. For those who register with ZIWC as their “verein”, you can win prizes both through direct registration and competing or by winning a raffle of any prizes won by the club. We look forward to hearing from you.
Future Proposed Groups
Cinema and Theatre
Sewing and Dressmaking
German beginners’ conversation