Upstate International Clubs

Upstate International Clubs create connections and friendships across borders. Our clubs help expatriates and their families feel more connected to their new community, allow former US expats to reconnect with cultures they miss, and provide a warm environment for forging bonds with our diverse region. To learn details about each club navigate the tabs below.

Clubs are open—and free!—for all members of Upstate International. Membership is affordable and gives you access to all of UI’s wonderful programs and opportunities.

Join the International Women’s Group

The International Women’s Group (IWG) is a social group and a conduit to connect women of all nationalities living in the Upstate. Membership in Upstate International entitles you to all the benefits of the IWG. Newcomers will feel at home by getting support from women already established in the area, while current friendships are expanded upon and deepened.

With a wide variety of monthly activities, from coffee mornings and potluck lunches to hiking and fitness walks, there is always an engaging experience around the corner. Special events such as International dinners and holiday celebrations provide a taste of the world. There are craft days and panel discussions with women who share a global outlook.

The International Women’s Group is open and free to Upstate International members. Join here! For more information, email us.

* IWG Tuesday Events generally are held at the Upstate International Center, starting at 10:00 AM.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Welcome Back Outdoor Kickoff

Tuesday, October 6
NC Arboretum, Lego Designs

Tuesday, November 10
Make and Take Craft Plate

Tuesday, December 1
Ladies Glühwein Celebration

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Oil and Vinegar

Tuesday, February 2
Filling the Well of our Being:  Scientific and Spiritual Insight for Health and Happiness
with Dr. Shamini Jain

Tuesday, March 2
International Day Celebration

Tuesday, April 6
Gardening Techniques

Tuesday, May 4
Spring Outdoor Kickback


Special Events

September 15: Glassy Mountain Hike / Skytop Apple Orchard

October 13: Lake Junaluska

 Ongoing Events

                            Coffee and Conversation: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:00am- Zoom Meeting, must register HERE

Stride and Stroll: 2nd Thursday of the month, 9:00am- Zoo Parking Lot at Cleveland Park

8 Mile Walk: 4th Tuesday of the month, 9:00am- Zoo Parking Lot at Cleveland Park

                   Text @UIWG to 81010 to ‘stay in the know’ with IWG updates

Join the International Men’s Group

The mission of the International Men’s Group (IMG) is to welcome men of all nationalities to experience a world of exciting activities. Members of the IMG get a chance to expand their social life while doing what they enjoy.  International Men’s Group activities are free to join with an Upstate International membership.

Join today, and start exploring!  We occasionally meet to discuss international events, international travel and to network.  All nationalities are welcome, whether you are born and raised in SC or an expat from far away, having an interest in the world around us is all that we ask.
For more information, email us!

Enjoy the International Book Club

The International Book Club features books by international authors that will take you into worlds and lives around the globe. We delve into mysteries, novels, and folklore influenced by traditions old and new, varied societies, and passions of creative individuals.Through facilitated discussions we share a love of reading and learn about diverse cultures. We interpret perspectives and reveal parables. Most of all, we have fun.

The Book Club is open to all Upstate International members. Guests are welcome to attend one meeting before being asked to join Upstate International.

The Book Club gathers once per month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Mondays, August through June. Meeting locations are currently to be determined. Light meals, snacks and beverages may be purchased during meetings. For more information, email us!  And be sure to sign up for our weekly eBlast to be notified of any changes in the schedule and meeting location.

Monday, August 24, 2020
Breasts and Eggs
By Mieko Kawakami

Monday, September 28
Our Women on the Ground, Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World
By Zahra Hankir

Monday, October 26
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
By Olga Tokarczuk

Monday, November 30
Death in the Rain Forrest
By Don Kulik

Monday, January 4, 2021
Around the World in 80 Trains
By Monisha Rajesh

Monday, February 8
Celestial Bodies
By Jokha Alharthi

Monday, March 22
Say Nothing, A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
By Patrick Radden Keefe

Monday, May 3
Last Boat out of Shanghai
By Helen Zia

Monday, June 14
The Sunrise
By Victoria Hislop


Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Place:  TBD

Contact Caroline Warthen at [email protected] or

Upstate International at [email protected] with questions.

Come Speak With Us!

Want to improve your Spanish or English skills? Do you like making friends and having fun? Then come visit our Spanish or English Conversation Clubs at Upstate International! Our Conversation Clubs offer an opportunity for speakers from different cultures to come together, practice the spoken language, and gain confidence in discussing different subjects. It is an excellent way to build language proficiency, as well as social and communication skills.

Led by native speakers, each club emphasizes conversation rather than instruction. Conversation Clubs are open and free of cost for all UI members who want to enhance their conversation skills. No registration is required. Just show up and join the conversation!

Still not a member? Feel free to visit a class once before pursuing UI membership. After you’re a member, you may drop in whenever you like! If you have further questions, email us.

Schedule *

  • English Conversation Club – Open to all members who want to enhance their English conversation skills. Wednesdays, 9:45 am -11:15 am, We generally meet September through May, but sign up for our weekly eBlast to be notified of any cancellations.  No registration required.
  • Spanish Conversation Club –  Open to all members who want to enhance their Spanish conversation skills. Tuesdays, 6:00 pm-7:15 pm, We generally meet September through May, but sign up for our weekly eBlast to be notified of any cancellations. No registration required.

* Upstate International follows the Greenville County schools’ schedule and is closed when the Greenville public schools are closed, including school holidays and school weather closings.

If you are a Retired or Semi-retired Expat living in the Upstate, we want to meet you (members, spouses and significant others) and have you join us. Come and connect with fellow expats to share conversation about your experiences and travels.

We plan to meet for lunch and conversation every 4th Friday of the month at Roost, September through May. We take the summers ‘off’ as we know many of our expats will be traveling across the seas during the summer months. Sign up for weekly eBlast to be notified of any cancellations or other changes in the schedule.
Roost offers a lovely lunch buffet for $10.95 that includes salad, soup and flatbread pizza buffet, or you can always order a la carte.
Roost at the Hyatt Hotel
N Main St
Greenville, SC 29601 
We look forward to meeting you.
Please click here to RSVP to Sandy so that she can be sure to reserve enough seating at Roost.