Cultural Exchange Groups

African Cultural-Exchange

African Cultural-Exchange


THIS Cultural Exchange Groups meet meet once or twice per month at the homes of diplomats and volunteers throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. There are 16 Cultural Exchange Groups divided by geographical areas, language, and specific interest areas. Many volunteers and some diplomats from each group have planned some wonderful programs for 2019-2020. You will find many interesting programs and fun activities. Join the groups that are best for you, make new friends, see old friends, and learn about each other’s cultures and customs.

THIS' monthly newsletters will feature one or two different Cultural Exchange Groups each month and share photos of the recent gatherings. Most THIS groups meetings begin in September and end in May or June each year. THIS Cultural Exchange Groups welcome both new and returning members in September. Join a THIS Cultural Exchange Group today by contacting Cultural Exchange Group chairs found below.

In the event of inclement weather, cultural exchanges will be cancelled if the school district where the meeting is being hosted cancels school.

  • Book Discussion: This group meets on the last Friday of every month from 10:30am-12:30pm to discuss international literature. Volunteers host and lead discussions. 

    Marilyn Horwood,, (703) 620-9373

  • Bridge: This group plays contract bridge in the informal setting of volunteers’ homes every Monday from 10:00am-2:00pm. A fundamental understanding of bridge is required to participate. 

    Denise Taylor,, (703) 533-2162; Juliana Madan,, (703) 560-6578

  • Home Hospitality: Diplomats may request to be hosted by volunteers in their homes to share a family dinner, weekend brunch, afternoon picnic, barbecue, or holiday celebration. 

    Lashley Wolf,, (703) 521-4846

Geographic Cultural Exchange Groups

These meetings are hosted by volunteers and provide an informal setting in which to discuss topics of mutual interest.

Culture-Specific Exchange Groups

Individuals meet informally in these groups to explore cultures and polish language skills. The African, Arabic, and Japanese groups showcase cultures and are conducted in English. The groups identified with asterisks are conducted in the referenced language.