About the Club

Teretulemast! Welcome!

If you are visiting this site because you are new to Tallinn and are considering joining the International Women’s Club of Tallinn: welcome to Tallinn and Estonia! We hope you and your family will enjoy living in this interesting and beautiful country most of us, for a couple of years, call ‘home’. Joining the IWCT means you will meet women who have been in the same situation. They will gladly help you find the right school for your child(ren), the ‘perearst’ (family physician) that fits your family, recommend a hairdresser, a supermarket, share their favorite restaurant, etc., in short: assist with all the important and less important details that together may help your settling in easier. To get an idea of our activities, have a look at ‘Events & activity groups’.

If you are visiting the site because you would like to know more about our charity work or how to support us, please look under ‘Charity & International Christmas Bazaar’ and ‘IWCT eesti keeles’. We have always felt strongly that we should give back to our host-country and decided to focus on charities in Estonia that improve the lives of women and children in need. The results of our International Christmas Bazaars, organized since 2006 in close cooperation with the majority of the Embassies in Estonia, and other fundraising events before that time can be found here.

Finally, charities which are looking for our support: please also read ‘IWCT eesti keeles’ to learn how the IWCT might be able to help you.

Don’t hesitate to contact us via board@iwct.ee: we look forward to hearing from you!

Brigit Westerhout

The Club was established in 1993 by 4 expat women.

Our membership is everchanging with people coming and going, as of 1st August  2017 the IWCT has 59 members from 26  nationalities.


  1. To help women who arrive in Estonia to settle in to their new surroundings and to meet other women.
  2. To enable our members to understand and appreciate Estonian culture, traditions and history through contact with other Estonians and visits to places of interest.
  3. To engage in fund-raising activities that will benefit Estonian charities.



We raise funds for Estonian charities: focusing on (but not restricted to) children’s and women’s charities such as children’s homes, shelters, etc., in accordance with our Charity Policy.
Please read about our story to charity here.

Excursions and tours

We normally meet two to three times a month. We offer our members a variety of events, a visit to a historical place of interest, a factory or possibly a guided tour.

Guest Speakers

We invite guest speakers to our social activities in order to know more about the country and society we live in.

Coffee Morning, Lunch, Dinner

A tradition to get together once a month for a coffee morning is enjoyed by many. The atmosphere is relaxed and it is a good place to introduce new members.

Lunch is a good time to catch up with our working members and to explore new restaurants in Tallinn.

Dinner: every now and then we enjoy a relaxed meal. Occasionally our spouses and/or friends are welcome to share these events with us.

Interest Groups

Pilates, (Nordic) walking, book club, craft group, running, baby and toddler group, travel group, tennis/badminton, Thai cooking class and more to come! See more under Events & activity groups.

We encourage members to start-up new interest groups.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at board@iwct.ee

Brigit Westerhout-Meerkamp van Embden (the Netherlands) – President
Katrin Borgen (Estonia) – Vice-President
Lotte Gathergood (Denmark) – Treasurer
Órla Ní Bhróithe (Ireland) and  Carmen Haussmann (Germany) – Social Events Organisers
Birte Böer (Germany) – Secretary

Karin Andersen (Estonia) – Charity Liaison
Melanie Grace (United Kingdom) – Bazaar Coordinator