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.
Are you a FOODIE and have a passion for cooking but would like to be
inspired and hone your skills?
We are a multi-national group of enthusiastic cooks: some amateur,
some professional, but yearning to to learn new
recipes and skills with other like-minded ladies.
We rotate in each member’s home, usually on the first Tuesday of the
month (pending holidays) from 9:30-13:30.
The hostess decides how many members she can accommodate: typically
4-6 depending on the size of the kitchen. Places are allocated by
whoever first responds on the WhatsApp group. The hostess plans a
simple or complex meal, provides the recipes: one dish or several
dishes: for meat eaters or vegan in a fun exchange of skills and
abilities for a hands-on cooked meal to sit down and enjoy together.
If this speaks to your heart, please consider joining the ZIWC
cooking group by contacting Donna Byron Sequeira at
Grow your own!!
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, having grown 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 beginners to seasoned gardeners.
The vegetable gardening group still has spots for vegetable-loving ladies who’d like to (start) growing their own produce on their balcony, terrace or in the garden.
We meet at variable locations, announced in the WhatsApp group a few days ahead of our meeting date.
All women wishing to participate in book reading and discussion are very welcome to join us!
Book Club – Fit and Kicking Group
This 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 lead: Caroline Hoem
Business Networking Group (BNG)
This group is for members who are interested in the world of business, innovation and enterprise, whether you are working at present or not.
If you are running your own business, employed, taking a career break or re-engineering your working life, we plan that the Group will provide opportunities to share knowledge, experience, skills, ideas and inspiration provided by sister members or invited guests…
and of course on occasions we just kick back for end-of-day drinks with women who share these interests!
For further information please contact Ailbhe Fallon at BNG@ziwc.ch
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 Lucy Harrison, a native speaker and certified English teacher.
NEW “Kaffeeklatsch” – German Language Conversation Group
“Jeweils am Mittwoch von 9 bis 10 Uhr sprechen wir Deutsch und lernen gleichzeitig etwas über Schweizer Geschichte, Politik oder andere aktuelle oder kulturelle Themen“
If you have a relatively good (passive) understanding of German but are looking for an opportunity to practice the (active) speaking, this is a good opportunity to improve your conversation skills. If you are interested contact the group leader Agnès Reicke
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!
Out & About / Fun
Spotlight Events are member-organised 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! Please get involved and think about organising an event. For additional guidelines you can find more information on the Club Website or contact email@example.com.
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.
New Group! Arts and Cultural Events Group
Shefika Balaban Brandenberger, the leader of our new Arts and Cultural events group beginning its activities in April.
Life is full of Art and Culture even if we sometimes do not see or recognise it. Especially here in Switzerland, we are very lucky to have the chance to recognise it through the gorgeous nature and wonderful landscapes with its colours, shapes and figures and also by visiting several Museums, Galleries and Cultural Events.
The Group will be visiting Museums, Galleries, Art Exhibitions, and when possible, attending some concerts. We can start from what Zug has to offer us and then continue in Luzern, Bern, Basel, Zürich and even further expand our Cultural-Social Art meetings in Italy, France and Austria!
If you are interested in being part of this group contact Shefika Balaban Brandenberger.
Fitness & Health
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!
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!
New Group! Golfing Gals
Do you enjoy golf? Join our golfing interest group beginning its activities in April! On the first Thursday morning of the month, at 9.30, we meet at Golfpark Holzhäusern to practice together for an hour. Then we stay for a coffee and a chat. We can also organise spontaneous rounds of golf. If you are interested, send a WhatsApp message to join and for specific details. Contact Stormy Berney for more details!
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
We will be taking part in the Zugerberg Finanz Trophy on Tuesday mornings at 9:00. There are 6 stages, with each location offering a short, middle or long distance ranges. 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 random draw for any prizes won by the club.
Pre-season begins on February 22 and runs for 4 weeks on the Zug middle 5.9 km loop.
Potential New Interest Groups
ZIWC members have requested additional activities be offered by the Club, and we are now looking for volunteers to share their expert knowledge for the enrichment and fun of fellow members. We are still looking for native speakers who would like to volunteer in leading any other than the existing language conversation groups at any level.
If any ZIWC member is willing to set up or lead any Interest Group, please contact Interest Groups Chairwoman, Charis Theodorika, at firstname.lastname@example.org.