What we're about

Welcome to the San Diego International Meetup group!

We're a group of fun and adventurous individuals interested in multi-cultural exchanges and experiences. We have native English speakers from America as well as many English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers from all over the world. We love to get together for conversation over coffee and food, hiking, eating at restaurants, participating in cultural activities, etc. We seek to build an international community of people who are interested in learning about and understanding different cultures, making friendships across nations, creating unity through diversity, and most of all, having tons of fun! We love this group and we're very proud to be a part of such a wonderful circle of friends from around the world. Join us sometime! If you feel like this group is a fit, we'd love to meet you!

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Just a few group policies:

RSVPing for events:

-Standard events: We understand that life happens and now and then you may miss an event that you signed up for but please do your best to keep your RSVP up to date. Organizers are volunteers who do a lot of work to create great events for us all!

-"No Flake" events: If you miss more than two of these events without updating your rsvp you will be removed from the group. Some events require that the host have an accurate idea of how many people are attending, as they may have to reserve a table or other accommodations for a certain # of people and there may be a waitlist. I have asked my organizers to note this in the write up for these types of events and if members miss two of these types of events without updating their RSVP or contacting the organizer then they will be subject to removal from the group.

Regardless of the type of event, please try to keep your RSVP up to date, even if it's a last minute change; organizers and other members are looking forward to seeing you! Let's not disappoint them :)

Profile Pictures: We require that you post a profile picture so when you and other members attend events, it will be easier for everyone to recognize each other and find the group! If you find that posting your picture is drawing unwanted posts and emails from trolls, see below and contact us.

Harassment... for the .01% that don't understand Meetup.com: Meetup is a forum designed to meet people in person in a casual, group setting. We're here to make new friends and if by chance, you end up dating someone, great! However, this is NOT an online dating forum; please join Match or Cupid for that. Cruising people's profiles and contacting them through the website for dating purposes will not be tolerated. If someone is emailing you through your profile in an inappropriate manner, please contact us so we can do our best to remedy the situation and keep this a fun and comfortable group!

Suggestions: If you have suggestion for the group or would like to lead an event, please let us know!

Thanks for being a part of our group and I hope you have a great experience!

Upcoming events (2)

FULL MOON BONFIRE BIG POTLUCK PICNIC! Fifteen Multi-groups @Mission Bay! Music!

Come celebrate Spring is coming! FULL MOON BONFIRE and TGIF! Bring your music, guitars, play and singalong! Or another instrument if you have one. Live music is great, or recorded with a small amp would work. Anybody have some light rock hits on their iphone with a portable bluetooth amplifier? Some cosmopolitan mixed multi-groups and hikers will be there. Many rsvps from those groups. Please bring some dry firewood if you possibly can! Dress warm and have warm jacket & blanket in your car! BRING BEACH CHAIRS! FIREWOOD! But NO ALCOHOL allowed on City beaches! Celebrate with your International Friends, many hikers/explorers and various friendly mixed members from fifteen other very active Meetup social groups tonight! Grab your beach chairs, nice potluck food and utensil for it, some sodas, a jacket in your car, flashlight/lantern and some dry firewood appreciated! Main courses or big entrees are best for this potluck group, bring something that YOU would like to eat, so then you know it will be there. Pre-cooked food, unless you also bring a BBQ and fuel to cook your food. Cut into small pieces is best! Please specify what you are bringing in your rsvp, you can also update it in comments here closer to the event date. If you need ideas, plan something YOU like or stop by Costco and pickup a party tray or their spiral turkey sandwiches, chicken tenders, etc. Or bring large fresh pizzas! Or cases of sodas or water! NO ALCOHOL! (or glass) is allowed on City beaches, they might come around and check. They DID drive by on beach a few months ago! NO ALCOHOL! $400 fine! Potluck starts about 5pm but come early or whenever you can for best parking, maybe play games or walk a few miles along beautiful Mission Bay while you are down there. I will go very early and most likely get the furthest West double picnic tables and closest fire ring. ( The Sun sets in the West, for non-scouts ) Walk the sidewalk to the North-West end and then look for us at the double picnic tables and closest fire ring nearby. Notice: the powerful lawn sprinklers may possibly come on after 9pm and soak the grass and picnic tables area, so let's put leftover food and dishes/utensils/bags away in cars well before then and move everyone's chairs over to the sand close around the fire-ring after dark before 9pm! The sprinklers mostly did NOT get us for the last year, no guarantees for this month. They came on briefly about 10pm over a year ago, a few people got lightly sprinkled! Hanging around the picnic tables/grassy area after 9pm could possibly get you a bit wet! Only fun if it has been a warm day! Coming North on H-5 take Clairemont Dr offramp and turn West, crossing 5 and then turn right onto E Mission Bay Dr. Go to De Anza Rd. Coming South on H-5 you may take Balboa/MBayDr offramp( or if very heavy traffic at Balboa ramp just continue South on 5 to Clairemont Dr turn off ), proceed straight on Mission Bay Dr thru six stoplights before taking sharp right turn from right lane just before entering 5 South again, West into N Mission Bay Dr, turn right at stopsign and go North to De Anza Rd. IF you miss that sharp right turn and end up on H-5 South, you can still take the next offramp Clairemont Dr and get on E Mission Bay Dr going North along there to De Anza Rd. ^^^ A Red STAR mylar balloon to seek hung on an orange umbrella top, or find us later by the West-most fire ring on the sand. 3 lanterns on our table. Please bring some dry firewood, thank you! You are solely responsible for your safety and well being on any event posted by this group! No organizer/host of this group is in any way liable for any injury or misfortune that could occur. Rsvp YES here confirms your acceptance of responsibility.

February Book Discussion: "Dear America" by Jose Antonio Vargas

Alforon Mediterranean Restaurant

Please join us for a delicious Lebanese/Mediterranean lunch at Alforon and a spirited discussion of "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen" by Jose Antonio Vargas, From the author: My name is Jose Antonio Vargas. I was born in the Philippines. When I was twelve, my mother sent me to the United States to live with her parents. While applying for a driver’s permit, I found out my papers were fake. More than two decades later, I am still here illegally, with no clear path to American citizenship. To some people, I am the “most famous illegal” in America. In my mind, I am only one of an estimated 11 million human beings whose uncertain fate is under threat in a country I call my home. This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book—at its core—is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but about the unsettled, unmoored psychological state in which undocumented immigrants like me find ourselves. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about what it means to not have a home. Author Bio: Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder and CEO of Define American, the nation's leading non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. In 2011, the "New York Times Magazine" published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of "TIME" magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants as part of a follow-up cover story he wrote. He then produced and directed "Documented," a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. It aired on CNN, streamed on Netflix, and received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary. Also in 2015, MTV aired "White People," an Emmy-nominated television special he produced and directed on what it means to be young and white in a demographically-changing America. Among accolades he has received are: The Salem Award from the Salem Award Foundation, which draws upon the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692; the Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center USA; and honorary degrees from Colby College and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Passionate about the role of arts in society and promoting equity in education, he serves on the advisory board of TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for undocumented immigrant students.

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