Expatriate Support System – Lake Chapala Society
Lake Chapala Society
Serving Lakeside ex-pats as well as the Mexican community since 1955, the Lake Chapala Society today has a membership representing more than 24 nations, and is the largest ex-pat organization in existence worldwide.
Centrally located in Ajijic, the LCS is an informational resource and meeting place for Lakeside’s expanding ex-pat community.
Annual membership renewal is $525 pesos/person … $500 pesos for persons age 79+. There is a $100 pesos administrative fee for new members. For individuals visiting lakeside for a limited time, LCS offers a Monthly Membership at $100 MXN per month, per person. Other membership options exist and can be found by using the link above to their website. A few of the benefits of membership include:
- Access to a 20,000-volume library, a video library, resources on Lakeside living, as well as a wide variety of recreational and learning opportunities for its members, staffed by over 170 enthusiastic volunteers.
- Passport Replacement or Renewal assistance
- Comprehensive preventative medical program – Blood Pressure Monitoring at least once a week, Skin Cancer Screening and Diabetic Testing twice a month, weekly Optometry Services, and weekly Hearing Testing and Hearing Aid repair.
- Free Mail Service to the US … learn more at their web site under Area Links.
- As a member you can make use of the free WiFi on campus and will be provided with access to the internet.
- Your contact information will be included in the LCS Membership Directory
- A ticket booth for local charity events is a recent addition on the spacious tropical grounds
- A membership Directory containing local business listings, as well as vital medical, utility and government phone contacts is available annually to the membership.
- The LCS website maintains listings of daily activities, community events, Consulate notices, etc. of interest to ex-pats.
TED Learning Seminars
Fiestas and other events benefit the LCS educational and scholarship programs for the Mexican community; dinner dances and drama productions benefit the LCS Library Fund.
In addition to the Scholarship Program for local Mexican youth, the Society also conducts free on-going classes at the Wilkes Education Center in Computer Training, Cooking, Spanish, English, and Art, all staffed by volunteers.