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Expatriate Support System – Lake Chapala Society

Assistance from Consulate & Immigration Officials


Expatriate Support System @ Lake Chapala

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 a vital informational resource and meeting place for Lakeside’s expanding ex-pat community.


In 2020 annual membership renewal is $760 pesos/person (about $40 USD — $52 CA). … $600 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 $260 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 to LCS 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

Educational & Scholarship Programs:

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.


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