The Overseas Women’s Club of Chennai (OWC) has been running for over forty years.

A group of expat women both temporarily and permanently living in Chennai who, come together to socialise, enjoy group activities, events, coffee mornings, lunches, evenings out and family days.

Our main purpose is to provide friendship, support, and advice to expat women during their time in Chennai and to make the transition into India as smooth and as enjoyable as possible.


It is very easy to join the OWC providing you or your husband holds a foreign passport. Simply pop along to one of our coffee morning (listed below) where you can complete an application form. The cost of enrolment is 2500 rupees. Please remember to bring your passport along.

Once you have joined you will receive your membership card, which entitles you to a great many discounts throughout Chennai for you and your family, so you will make your money back within a few weeks! You will also receive a monthly newsletter with updates of events and activities taking place and can request to join our Facebook page.

The monthly newsletter includes a calendar of monthly events, current discounts and useful information. It goes out at the end of the month by email to all members. Members are free to contribute information to our newsletter editor; we welcome anecdotes, recipes and information.

The facebook page is a closed group for members only and is updated almost daily with really useful information, invitations and reminders for events, activities and what’s happening in the City. It’s also a great place to ask questions or find help. The facebook page can be found on facebook by typing in: OWC (Overseas Women of Chennai) in the facebook page.

Click here to view the membership benefits


Crafts Group

Description: Crafts Group meets once a week a time to get together, share skills and ideas, share lunch and catch up. Everyone is welcome even those that think they ‘don’t do craft’, because there’s always something going on that you can do.

Duration: Every Tuesday

Venue: Different members home.

Time and days: Every week on Tuesday 10.30am-3.00pm.

Last Friday Lunch

Description: Meet once a month to have lunch together and enjoy each other’s company. The club aims to give people an opportunity to meet friends, make new friends and try the various cuisines on offer here in Chennai such as Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, North & South Indian, Chinese and Italian.

Duration: Different every month

Venue: Different venues every month.

Time and days: Last Friday of the month 12.00pm-3.00pm.

The venue needs to be booked with numbers, so you do need to book a place on this activity. The Facebook invite will give you all the details.

Kids activities & Family Days

Description: These events run throughout the year on weekday evenings or at weekends to provide an opportunity for members and their families to get together and have fun. Anything from a day out at the beach to an Easter egg hunt or Halloween fun.

Duration: Once a month.

Venue: Changes every month events could include evening, quiz night, dancing, dinner, brunch or a beach day.

Book Appreciation

Description: The Book Club runs once a month. Each months' we chose a new book during the meeting and then come together over a cup of coffee to discuss it. The venue of the book club changes every month.

Duration: Once a month.

Venue: Changes every month.

Mums and Babies

Description: Being a new mum is tough and being a new mum in India can be even tougher. This club since it was set up has been a lifeline for many mums. Meeting weekly for coffee and a chat it allows mums to socialise, make friends, support each other and share their experience of the what, where and how to get things done.

Duration: Once a week on Thursday. .

Golf Days

Description: Golf Group meets on the last Tuesday of each month. During the cooler months T-off time is usually 7am and switches to mid afternoon during the hottest months to make the most of the evening breeze.

We are always looking for new clubs and activities. So if you have an interest or hobby and you think other people may be interested, then do let us know and we can help you set it up.

Clubs could include: Mahjong, tennis, cooking/wellness the list is endless!


19th August Flea Market Tryst Café 11am - 3:30pm
2nd September Welcome Back Lunch Park Hyatt 11am - 2:30pm
29th October Children’s Halloween Party
18th November Fall Bazaar ITC 10:30am - 3:30pm
2nd December Christmas Luncheon Park Hyatt 11am - 3:30pm
10th December Christmas Ball ITC 7pm
18th December Family Christmas Brunch Park Hyatt 12 Noon - 4pm
January International Food Fare (date and venue TBC)
11th February 2017: Valentines Gala Dinner ITC 7pm
24th March 2017 Spring Bazaar ITC 10:30am - 4pm

Coffee Mornings

We have two Coffee mornings each month on the second and the fourth Wednesday at 10:30am (please see the list of dates and venues below). A time to come along, chat, make new friends, share our own pearls of wisdom of navigating life in India and get the most up-to-date information of events.


12th April 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm Hilton Hotel
26th April 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm ITC Grand Chola


10th May 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm Mamagoto Phoenix Mall (tbc)
24th May 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm Park Hyatt (tbc)


14th June 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm Good Earth (tbc)
28th June 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm ITC Grand Chola


12th July 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm Tryst
26th July 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm Tea Trails (tbc)


9th August 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm Trustees Coffee Morning (Location tbc)
23rd August 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm Welcome Back Lunch Park Hyatt (tbc)


13th September 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm Tryst Flea Market
27th Septemebr 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm ITC Grand Chola


11th October 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm English Tea Room (tbc)
25th October 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm Park Hyatt (tbc)


8th November 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm Writer's Cafe
22nd November 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm ITC Grand Chola


13th December 2017, 10.30am - 12:30pm L'Amandier (tbc)


10th January 2018, 10.30am - 12:30pm Global Adjustments (tbc)
24th January 2018, 10.30am - 12:30pm Park Hyatt (tbc)


14th February 2018, 10.30am - 12:30pm VALENTINE'S LUNCH Leela Palace (tbc)
28th February 2018, 10.30am - 12:30pm ITC Grand Chola


14th March 2018, 10.30am - 12:30pm Raintree St Mary's Road (tbc)
28th March 2018, 10.30am - 12:30pm ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Park Hyatt (tbc)

Social Welfare

The OWC was established as a charitable trust and currently supports six charities on a monthly basis. Some Charities just like us to visit, maybe sing a song, be sung to or have a chat and a nice cup of tea with them. While others, require real support in terms of basic needs, like provisions such as dry milk, sugar, rice, dal and oil.

We raise funds for these charities through events during the year as a way to give back and support local institutions and it also offers the opportunity for expats to experience ‘real’ life here in India.

Our social welfare team visit each charity once a month and are always grateful for help and support. If you are able to help then please do, we would be very grateful.

The charities are:

  1. St.George’s Cathedral Home: A Home for the Aged (with support is also given to the crèche behind the home).
  2. Friends in Need: A Home for the Aged.
  3. Jeevodaya: A Hospice for the terminally ill.
  4. Nirmal Hriday: Mother Theresa Home for Women.
  5. St. Thomas Babies Home: Orphanage for children aged 0 to 5 years.
  6. Sathkaarya: Orphange for children aged 5 to 18.