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The American Association - A Connecting Point for All Expats

One of the most rewarding places for expatriates to connect with in Singapore is the American Association, an 89 year old institution charted to specifically bridge the gap between the expat and local communities. Over the course of nine decades the American Association has been the driving force in creating groups like the American Woman’s Association, the Singapore American Community Action Council, The American Club, the Singapore American School , and the Singapore American Newspaper. Today the American Association serves all in the expat community be they American or not and strives to uphold it’s rich tradition with social events and community outreach programs.

Fun, public events that celebrate Americana

The American Association of Singapore sponsors various public events that celebrate American holidays and culture. In February of every year it holds the George Washington Ball; the premier social event in the community. Come summer time in July a huge outdoor party and picnic to celebrate American Independence is held on or around July 4, America ’s Independence Day. Other community events include the Ambassador's Cup Golf Tournament- a day and evening golfing event and JazzNite a rollicking five hours of food, beer and music at Fort Canning Park .

Services and programs to keep you working

Some of the services and programs offered by the American Association include:

  • Career Resource Center for Expatriates: which helps dependent pass holders find employment, volunteer and educational opportunities in Singapore .
  • Youth Employment Program: which helps teens find summer work in Singapore .
  • ConneXions: an international professional initiative providing networking opportunities for people living and working in Singapore .
  • FriendshipWorks: a program that promotes and facilitates volunteerism and donations in Singapore and the region.

A Sunday at the ballpark

The American Association of Singapore also sponsors a slow pitch softball league for adult male players of all levels of ability. Games are played Sunday afternoons at the Singapore American School and Sembawang with refreshments following. The new season kicks off this fall in September.

New players are welcome to email admin@aasingapore.com or call the AAS office at 6738 0371 to sign up.

Help Settling In

If you are brand new to Singapore and finding it difficult to settle in or simply want to gain an insight into the different cultural groups in Singapore, join the next Singapore American Community Action Council (SACAC) workshop, which is especially tailored to help you ease successfully into your new life. For more details about this workshop and the other services provided by SACAC, please call 6733 9249 or visit their website at www.sacac.com

For more information on the American Association call them at (65) 6738 0371. The American Association of Singapore office is located at the American Club 10 Claymore Hill, Singapore 229573

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Stephen O’ Rourke

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