By Tara Rippin •
Published: 22 Feb 2019 • 18:59
ALI MEEHAN: Creator of Costa Women which aims to inspire, enable and support women in Spain.
CREDIT: File photo
AWARD-WINNING Costa Women was launched by founder Ali Meehan in 2010, and is now the largest social and business networking community for women living in or planning on moving to Spain.
Connecting women from across Spain the organisation now boasts 7,400 members of 64 nationalities.
In fact, the networking group currently attracts more than 30 new members each week.
Ali said: “Our motivation at Costa Women is to connect, inspire, enable and support women in their journey to and around Spain.
“We have social events, coffee mornings, book clubs, evening get-togethers, parties and business networking events.”
Both on Facebook and on the website (www.costawomen.com), there are local groups in 27 different places around the Costa del Sol.
And the website itself has 155 groups for across Spain, the most popular of which are:
*Hello we are New – for members to introduce themselves
*Moving to Spain – offers an array of advice and tips
*Save Money in Spain – with weekly advice and tips from MoneySaverSpain
*A monthly photographic competition with a theme, sponsored by Currencies Direct.
Ali added: “We have a blog page where members can create and add their stories and informative articles, and under classifieds, members can post their own adverts for businesses, items to sell, swap or donate.
“We also started a buddies’ scheme, for new arrivals to connect with other women in their area.”
Costa Women is offering a free ebook to download, Spain & Me, which is filled with stories and advice from the members about living in Spain.
And a comprehensive training course covering everything anybody needs to know about moving to Spain has been created at https://spainexpo.org, also sponsored by EWN Media Group.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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