IWG welcomes women and families who are new to Bethesda, Rockville, MD and the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Our international group of women will help you cope with the adaptation and integration to a Washingtonian lifestyle by providing a supportive community during your stay here. IWG gives you an opportunity to meet people from your own country and many other parts of the world as well as share your own culture and learn from others. Currently, IWG's members include women from all over the world, including the United States. Members are from diverse backgrounds and include working professionals, single women, working mothers, stay-at-home moms, etc.

  • Offers practical tips and information to help you get settled in your new life.
  • Provides a supportive community where you can meet new people and make friends from all over the world giving you and your family the chance to be exposed to other cultures.
  • Organizes family-friendly weekly activities and/or social events just for yourself.
  • Offers a monthly bulletin via e-mail where members share information about living in Bethesda, Rockville, MD and the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, cultural events, stories, practical tips, etc.
  • Helps you to discover the joys of volunteering and giving back to your community.
  • Membership is open to all women!

We are an informal group of volunteers - A subgroup of the NIH/NOAA Recreational and Welfare Association. You do not need to be related to the NIH to join IWG.

IWG is a great group to join mainly because of our member's dedication and enthusiasm to preserve the co-op spirit. New members are always encouraged to volunteer, or help in some way. Depending on your availability, skills, and interests, you may wish to be part of the IWG Board, coordinate a subgroup or simply bring yourself (and your favorite food if you like) at our potluck parties!