If you’re a newcomer, joining an association is a great idea. It’s also good for meeting like-minded people or getting involved in a hobby or sports group. But, even if you’ve been here a long time, friends can come and go regularly, and sometimes after a few years you end up back at “square one” as far as your social network goes.
Life stages also change. If the kids have flown the nest, it might be time to find some new interests; or, if they’re going to school, you could look at getting back into the job market.
There are a few good associations in Singapore for expats. This month, we talk to the team from the American Association of Singapore (AAS).
What are the main differences between AAS and other country associations?
Aside from being one of the island’s oldest associations, at over 100 years old, a uniqueness we have is our family tree. We actually chartered quite a few of the American organisations in Singapore that grew organically as the need arose; following AAScame the American Women’s Association (AWA), then The American Club, Singapore American School (SAS), AmCham, SACAC for counselling and youth sports, Boy Scouts of America Troop 7 and the American Dragons Dragon Boat Team. We also have close ties with the US Marines and US Navy League, as well as the US Embassy.
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