NEWCOMER WELCOME ASSOCIATIONS
A number of associations in the Grenoble area welcome new arrivals and offer help settling in.
Some provide practical help and advice on housing, health and schooling, and several organize social events, language exchanges as well as activities for families and children.
- Grenoble AVF Accueil – Grenoble chapter of national French welcome association http://avf.asso.fr/fr/grenoble
- The Alliance Française Grenoble Alpes – organizes language courses, relocations support and cultural activities - https://www.afgrenoble.org
- Open House - English speaking association organising social events for members and their families - www.openhousegrenoble.com
- La Maison de l’International de Grenoble – information sharing and events, especially for students - https://www.grenoble.fr/98-maison-de-l-international.htm
- Sweet Home Grenoble - French/English association organising language exchanges and social events - www.sweethomegrenoble.com
Accueil des Villes Françaises (AVF)
AVF depends on volunteers to welcome newcomers to French cities, whether they be French or foreign. Their goal is to help newcomers settle into their new environment, both socially and in practical terms. AVF is a non-profit association with a national charter.
AVF Meylan and AVF Grenoble are part of the national association, but they offer different services and activities. For more information, contact them or visit their websites.
Grenoble AVF Accueil
6 rue Berthe de Boissieux 38000 Grenoble
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 04 76 47 54 61
Hours: Wednesday and Friday from 3 pm to 5 pm
Meylan AVF Accueil
Centre Commercial des Buclos
27 avenue du Vercors
Email: email@example.com Tel: 06 89 11 08 17
Telephone for an appointment
Visit the umbrella organisation website: http://www.avf.asso.fr(in French and English).
The Alliance Française Grenoble Alpes
Established in Grenoble since 1967, the Grenoble branch of the Alliance Française welcomes foreigners coming to work or study in the area and helps them settle in. It offers a wide range of French classes (intensive or specialised, covering phonetics, business or science, tourism, literature, gastronomy ...) as well as conversation sessions. The Alliance Française also organizes cultural and leisure activities, outings and visits.
Alliance Française de Grenoble
7 Rue Elisée Chatin
Tel: 04 76 56 25 84
Open house is an association for expatriates of all nationalities who speak English. It offers advice and support by people who have themselves lived abroad and who understand newcomers' needs. Every year, Open House organises a variety of activities depending on members’ interests (outings, cooking demonstrations, discussion groups, reading groups, mother and toddler groups...)
2 rue Henri Ding
La Maison de l’International de Grenoble
The Maison de l’International is a municipal organisation providing information and documentation for expatriates. Visitors can peruse information about life in Grenoble, language courses, a directory of international associations, and a selection of foreign newspapers. It also organises exhibitions and conferences on international issues.
It works closely with local, regional and national organisations, including consulates, universities and actors of the economy.
La Maison de l'International
1, rue Hector Berlioz
Tel. 04 76 00 76 89
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 14:00 – 17:00 and Friday 13:00 – 17:00
Sweet Home Grenoble
Sweet Home Grenoble is an association for newcomers who would like to get to know the Grenoble area with the help of those who know it well, in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. Their aim is to create exchanges between foreign newcomers and French residents, in both English and French. Outings and meet-ups are organized throughout the year, as well as a weekly café meetings.
Website: www.sweethomegrenoble.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org