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Interest Groups

Organized and led by volunteer members, these groups meet around a specific topic or interest on a regular basis (weekly or monthly) during the academic year. Group size may range from 5 to 30 participants.

 

If you are interested in starting a new interest group, please E-mail us at neighbors@harvard.edu.

After Hours

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After Hours is a group for Harvard Neighbors members who are interested in participating in fun activities outside of working hours. We provide opportunities to gather on weeknights for events such as game nights, movies, or dinner and drinks, as well as occasional weekend day-trips in or around the Boston area.

Our first outing for this year is coming soon! Stay tuned!

Art Explorations

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We encourage participants to express their creative ideas by exploring different forms of art, and by using a variety of art materials.

Belgium Culture Society Group

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The Belgian Culture Society is an interest group celebrating and sharing Belgian culture and experiences. If you’re interested in learning about and experiencing Belgian culture from waffle-bakes, drinks at trendy bars, and inspired lectures by Harvard-affiliates on current topics, join us! It is important to us to provide a beacon of Belgian culture within the great Harvard community and help connect fellow Belgian(-minded) Harvard affiliates.

Community Service and Outreach

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The Community Service and Outreach is active in improving the Cambridge community, catering to the at-risk and in-need populations of the area. The focus of this group is to provide volunteers and support for local non-profits, programs, and organizations that seek to better the greater Harvard community. We will also create our own projects and programs to improve the Cambridge community. The projects will capitalize on what Harvard Neighbors does best: Being a good neighbor. 

Cultural Traditions

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We welcome everyone from all over the world. Our goals are for participants to form lasting friendships and to enjoy the rich bounty of our unique cultures.

English Conversation Practice

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Whether you are a beginning, intermediate or advanced speaker, we offer multiple groups where you can practice the English language in an informal conversational setting.
We talk about various topics for discussion that the Group Leader suggests to the participants.
The participants have ample opportunity to expand the conversation on their own, and asking each other questions.
We share cultural experiences from different countries.
We share happenings that we’ve discovered locally, such as museums, walks, Harvard offerings, etc.
For additional practice the group leader briefly includes English usage and pronunciation when applicable.
Sometimes we also play a game.
Groups are attended by 3 to 12 participants on average meeting.

Filipino Culture interest Group

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The goal of our group is to create space for Harvard Neighbors' members who are of Filipino descent, has a Filipino connection or are interested in learning more about the Philippines through events that promote such goals. We meet monthly and plan to have social events, such as a Filipino night where we can serve Filipino food, introduce important information on the Filipino culture and do karaoke.

French Book Club

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We discuss classic and contemporary works of fiction in French. Our friendly and stimulating meetings are enhanced by French inspired refreshments.
Members enjoy the discussions and the presentation of the books as well as the campaign incentives to maintain and improve their French fluency.

French Conversation

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We welcome Franco-phones and intermediate, advanced and native French speakers. Our goal is to speak French for one hour about a subject in whatever activities we are engaged in.
We watch movies and documentaries, visit museums and discuss interesting topics as a speaking practice.

German Conversation

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The German Conversation Interest Group welcomes intermediate, advanced, and native speakers of German. We choose topics, readings, and visual media to stimulate discussion of German culture, history and current affairs. Our hope is to provide a setting where all members can participate fully, whatever their level of proficiency.

We meet on the first and third Monday of each month, noon to 1:00pm. Meetings that fall on holidays may be rescheduled if space is available.

Greek Language and Culture Interest Group

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If you are interested in practicing Greek Language skills and want to learn more about Greek Culture, history and cuisine come join us!

Our group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month. 

Zheni Valcheva is the group's leader and she can be reached by email at  zheni_valcheva@hks.harvard.edu

Harvard Neighbors Board

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The Harvard Neighbors Board is consisted of elected members of the organization. Elections are held once a year at the Annual Meeting.

Infant & Toddler Playgroup

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Infant & Toddler Playgroup invites parents with infants and toddlers (0-3 years) meet to share friendship, experiences and activities.

Italian Conversation

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We welcome speakers of Italian with some proficiency, as well as native speakers to enjoy sociability and conversation.

Japanese Conversation

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The Japanese Culture Group holds Japanese Conversation classes once a month.
We welcome every Harvard Neighbor member of native origin or non native-Japanese speaker with some proficiency to enjoy a conversation and to understand and recognize the differences of every culture, along relaxing with tea and sweets!

Knitting for Everyone

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Join us every Tuesday from 12-1 during and spend time with people who share a love for fiber. The knitting group is a great opportunity to meet other people, get new ideas for crafts, projects and techniques.

Living Green

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Living Green - DIY “green” products for you and your home.
You will learn how to make natural beauty products and household cleaners. We will share ideas, recipes and you will go home with samples to try for yourself.
This group will discuss the ideas and prepare the samples of Green household cleaners, and natural beauty products such as laundry detergent, furniture polish, Marseille Soap, deodorant, toothpaste, lip balm, bath-fizzies etc.
The group is looking for a new group leader after the creator of the group, Irina Brandina moved back to Europe ! If you are interested to lead the Green Living Group or have ideas for a workshops please email us: neighbors@harvard.edu

Lunchtime Book Group

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Lunchtime Book group reads fiction and non-fiction, recent publications and classics, almost all available in paperback.
The group chooses the books in late May for the following year. On average thirteen to fifteen members attend the group meetings.

MIT Women’s Chorale

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MIT Women's Chorale (directed by Daniel Mahoney) encourages you to explore your musical side! The Chorale's repertoire covers a wide range of styles including both secular and sacred. Our website is: http://web.mit.edu/womensleague/womenschorale/

Out and About

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Out and About takes you on fun, informative outings in and around Harvard, Cambridge and the Boston area. Occasionally, we will take you to a Harvard Treasure or on an insider tour generally not available to the public.

Spanish and Latin American Culture and Cinema

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The Spanish and Latin American Culture and Cinema members enjoy a monthly viewing of Spanish and Latin American films followed by a discussion/conversation in Spanish.

Spanish/English Conversation

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Are you an English speaker learning Spanish – or a Spanish Speaker learning English? If so, this is the group for you!

 

Join Harvard Neighbors for an informal lunchtime conversation every Thursday from 12-1. Half of the session will be held in Spanish & half in English. From introductions to favorite foods to culture questions and beyond, each session will cover something different!

 

Telling Lives: Memoir Writing

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What's past is prologue! Join our long-running supportive memoir writing group to help you set down in print some of your life's chapters.

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