Welcome to Open House, an English-speaking community in Grenoble, France! We were founded in 1987 to support the growing English-speaking population in Grenoble and the surrounding area. In 2018, we currently have more than 150 members from 35 countries. Read more about us and our mission.
Open House, with the help of their members, organizes weekly, monthly and annual gatherings around the city: join us for coffee, drinks, play-dates, cultural outings, outdoor activities and more; and celebrate different cultural holidays throughout the year such as Canadian Thanksgiving, Christmas, Galette des Rois, Easter Egg Hunt and more.
For more details see our Meet-Ups and Events. You can also view our event calendar for more information.
You are welcome to join us! To attend these events kindly apply for membership.
For more details kindly consult our Event calendar.
Want to check us out before joining our community? You have 3 opportunities to meet other members of the community by coming to. Coffee Chat, Café Français and “It’s Friday“. Each of these groups meet either weekly or monthly at a popular café or at the hottest bars in town, and they keep gathering even in the period of school holidays! Come to join us, we look forward to meeting you!
Open House Grenoble pay back to the community: volunteer project together with the Grenoble CHU Hospital Echirolles
CHU Grenoble’s Emergency Department is one of France’s main trauma units. It sees over 100,000 patients annually, while the hospital undertakes around 1,000 clinical trials each year, giving it its reputation as a leading research and teaching facility. Dr. Jean-Jacques Banihachemi, the Head of the trauma unit of CHU de Grenoble Hôpital Sud Échirolles and Open House Grenoble (OH), English-speaking expats’ association partnered up on innovative project to overcome the language barriers faced with English-speaking patients: a volunteering programme with OH to provide language support to staff.
Since then, 17 OH members now volunteer each day of the week for 2.5 hrs each day and the results have been impressive for both the hospital, which has seen an uptick in departmental efficiency and the volunteers, who enjoy giving something back to the Grenoble community.
Le Dauphiné Libéré, the biggest newsletter in the Rhône-Alpes region, dedicated a page for the article about this project on June 4th, 2019.
Well done, expats! You have definitely left your mark in Grenoble.