Community Resources

Community Resources & Organizations

bbs-logo-transparent1-300x142British Benevolent Society

Dating back to the 1950’s, BBS could be mistaken for an outdated, old world charity. However, that is not the case anymore. Recently rejuvenated, the British Benevolent Society is on a mission to become more proactive and help a greater number of people across a larger geography. While they will continue to protect, support, prepare and connect Brits living in California; they have also enhanced their offerings to provide critical information to newly arrived expats, from anywhere in the world.


Learning and Development for people with passion and purpose. Through an Enriching Personal Journey, I’ll help you diagnose your development needs and teach you how to make shift happen to build a life you love – internally empowered, boost creativity, manage change and experience a greater sense of achievement and fulfillment. Through Integral Life Design – as teachers, advisors, coaches and mentors, we come together to tailor a Life Design for you with a well-being program, health assessment, wellness program, executive coaching to build your career portfolio, polish your personal brand, and much more. For people interested in one-on-one learning, growth, self-reinvention, and experience a greater sense of wholeness, this is the place to achieve it.

Coaching and Training for Intercultural, Career, and Life TransitionsYvonne Lefort - Career and Intercultural Transitions

Yvonne Lefort, MA, is a career coach and intercultural trainer. She has coached adults in career transition, International spouses, re-entry mothers, laid-off workers, college students, refugees and immigrants. Yvonne speaks several languages, and has lived, worked and studies abroad in France and Germany. Yvonne offers an abundance of free resources, as well as classes, workshops and more. If you are struggling to start a new career in the Bay Area, please contact her. She also offers regular meet-ups, usually in the East Bay.

The Expat WomanThe Expat Woman - logo

A resource and media site designed for women from all over the globe who have moved to the US recently, lived here for a while or are planning to move here.  Our goal is to help international women connect with each other, share stories on how to navigate the USA and achieve their dreams.  The Expat Woman Meetup organizes events every month that include workshops and panel discussions, networking events, happy hours and  exploring local haunts.


Resources for International Students, Scholars & Families at Stanford University

Bechtel International Center, StanfordBechtel International Center

As a Stanford International student, scholar, or family member, this should be your first stop for all immigration questions. They can also help with passport photos, social activities, excursions, and more. The Resource Center for International Families is staffed by helpful volunteers. Look for the giant bulletin board in the lobby for classes, meet-ups and more. These classes change each quarter, and are run by internationals, for internationals. Here you can find exercise and dance classes, cooking lessons, book clubs, baby & toddler playgroups and more. You can subscribe to a weekly newsletter, providing information about classes, events and news for the week; for internationals and their families. You can also follow them on Facebook.

Community Committee for International Students at Stanford (CCIS)Community Committee for International Students at Stanford

A volunteer organization affiliated with the Bechtel International Center at Stanford University.  CCIS supports international students and their families with a variety of programs, classes, and events such as Friday Coffee Morning (in association with Bechtel), Language Classes, Picnics and Ice Cream Socials, Music Nights, The Loan Closet and much, much more. You can now find CCIS on Facebook!