The International Newcomers Club of São Paulo is a social club for the International English-speaking community.
Founded in 1961, in the living rooms of a group of expat women, who got together weekly to expand their friendships and to support each other in their adventures in a foreign land.
In the 1970's, INC established its first permanent address and began to host its Monthly Coffees at St. Paul's Anglican Church on Rua Elias Zarzur, 1231 in the Alto da Boa Vista Neighborhood. During this decade, INC began a "Shopping Card File", which would eventually turn into the DICAS book, the most popular guide to SP city.
In the 1980's INC moved locations to the traditional SPAC - São Paulo Athletic Club - located on Rua Visconde de Ouro Preto, 119.
In 1990, INC's permanent address and Coffees relocated for the first semester to the Fellowship Church at Rua Carlos Sampaio, 107. In August, it again relocated to the Hilton Hotel on Avenida Ipiranga, 165. In November, it again relocated to the Brasilton Hotel at Rua Martins Fontes, 330. In December 1990, INC announced its new "home", the Scandinavian Church, on Rua Job Lane, 1030.
In May 2007, the Scandinavian Church underwent renovations and INC once again had to relocate. The May Coffee was held at the Banespa Club, the second semester at Kolping German Catholic Club and the first semester of 2008 at the Business Center near Transamerica Hotel. INC finally moved back to the Scandinavian Church in August 2008 and has called it "home" since.
From its early days as a ladies-only club, Newcomers’ has grown and has become one of the city’s most important organizations for the international community, referred to by many as “São Paulo’s best kept secret”. Currently, over two hundred families from from all over the world benefit from Newcomers’ as source of friendships and social activities.
Today, Newcomers’ is not only for brand new arrivals. The club recognizes the benefits of allowing new arrivals to interact with those who have been here a while, and seeks to provide a mixture of the two.
It’s also not just for women anymore. With the ever-changing face of society, Newcomers’ has kept up and offers something for everyone. INC has in its membership singles, families, couples with no children, and couples in which the wife is the working spouse - and INC’s diverse activities are a reflection of these ongoing changes.
INC also has a very special Community Services program. Newcomers are invited to make a real difference in peoples’ lives. Our efforts are concentrated on the amazing human potential we have in our club, and focus on getting members directly involved in volunteerism in local institutions, while providing the financial support that is needed.
Our main purpose is to help new arrivals become acquainted with the community, to facilitate social contacts, to share information and to provide activities for all members of the family.
We hold monthly coffee meetings for all members and potential members.
We also have Red Rose Coffees that are geared more towards new members. Each new member will be invited to attend three of these coffees, but are welcome to attend many more. It is a great opportunity to meet other new members in a more intimate environment, as it is usually held at a member’s home.
Our quarterly online newsletter will also keep you up to date on what is going on in São Paulo, and is available online to members only.
We are also on Facebook with a dedicated INC page, in which INC members have access to information, questions and answers, and upcoming events. Every weekend members receive a weekly update with news and events around town.
Click on the links at the left and find out about these and other great advantages to joining INC!
If you would like to become a member of INC, please email email@example.com.
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