About PIWC

The Phuket International Women’s Club (PIWC) is a club formed by women and for women living in Phuket, Thailand. While we meet to form new friendships and enjoy fun social activities, we proudly raise money for our scholarship program. We are celebrating our 25th Silver Anniversary in 2014.

– Make New Friends & Make a Difference –

PIWC is a not-for-profit organization with members representing 23 countries from around the world. Our monthly activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Monthly ‘meet & greet’ coffee for newcomers
  • Social lunch held monthly at a variety of Phuket restaurant venues
  • Weekly activities include Mahjong, Bridge, Tennis, Golf, Gardening, Sewing & Crafts
  • Quarterly cocktail parties and/or dinners with partners
  • Annual fund-raising event

Our fund-raising activities are used to sponsor local student education. Education scholarships are given to deserving bright students. Many are children who might otherwise be forced to discontinue schooling and face the danger of poorly paid employment.

Founded in 1989, more than 1000 students have received financial assistance from PIWC, thus helping many fulfill their dreams to become doctors, nurses, accountants, teachers, secretaries, engineers, veterinarians, personal assistants, translators, tour guides, and more. Presently, our club supports 202 students with scholarships for primary schooling through university.

Once a scholarship has been awarded, funds are set aside to cover the entire duration of each student’s course of study. Several of our students have been the first family member to receive a high school diploma. Needless to say, it makes our efforts very rewarding, as we help build the future generations of our beloved Thai friends.

Our newly elected club president is Jureewan Smulders-Wongprom. She and her Dutch husband returned to Thailand in 2008 after spending the last 25 years in Holland. Juree was also instrumental in starting the gardening group which has proved a very popular activity among club members. In The Netherlands, Juree was a member of the International Women’s Club and served as a board member as hospitality officer and activities chairman.

– Extend Our Member Network and Raise Funds for Children –

Ladies are encouraged to become members of Phuket International Women’s Club, whether you reside in Phuket fulltime or only a portion of the year; visit our membership page for more information.

As a non-profit organization, we welcome donations and bequests. Our accounts are audited annually and 100% of all donations go to the charity fund and all work is done by volunteers.

If you would like to join our club, sponsor a student, make a donation, or ask a question, we would be delighted to hear from you. Questions can be sent to info@piwc-phuket.com and will be directly to the appropriate committee member.

Constitution of PIWC

The Constitution of the Phuket International Women’s Club was last revised on March 2011. You can view and download a PDF copy.

History of PIWC

Phuket International Women’s Club (PIWC) is a social network providing educational opportunities for needy children. A not-for-profit organization, the club was set up in 1989 and has been growing ever since. It promotes friendship among women of all nationalities- including welcome support and information to newcomers living in Phuket, Thailand. PIWC also sponsors education. Since …

media & press

Phuket Gazette – August 27 2014 – “Phuket women’s club scholarships shine light on poor students’ futures”