Dubrovnik has always been an international city, attracting millions of tourists every year. There is also a relatively large international community who have decided, for one reason or another, to call Dubrovnik home. From the UK to the Ukraine, and the Seychelles to Spain, this foreign community is wide and varied but one organisation has brought them all together – the Dubrovnik Foreign Circle. Originally formed back in 2007 under the banner of the Europe House and then called Foreign Circle the group has transformed over the years and in 2009 formed an NGO, broke away from the Europe House, and renamed themselves Dubrovnik Foreign Circle (DFC).
DFC Second Hand Sale
“We are an international group of people (including young families) who live in the Dubrovnik area full or part time. The organization represents all foreigners residing in Dubrovnik irrespective of their country of origin, religion, or ethnicity,” states the DFC. And their reach and influence in the Dubrovnik region has been slowly but surely growing.
One of the backbones of the organisation is raising funds, and awareness, for worthy humanitarian causes. From bake sales, to charity days and their traditional second hand sale the members have raised a n amazing 268,000 Kuna since 2010 for a variety of good causes in the Dubrovnik area. Just this year the DFC has already been extremely active, donating 8,200 Kuna to the NGO for muscular dystrophy, 800 Kuna to the NGO Dva Skalina and 1,450 for SOS for Dubrovnik cats. This last organisation is a UK based charity that comes to the Dubrovnik region regularly to collect feral cats and have them sterilized at two local vets in the city.
And this year the DFC is just as busy as ever helping the Dubrovnik community. They have just released a new website that they will hope attract a wider circle of people and at the same time keep them informed. “Our membership is of an international character and although they all have Dubrovnik in their hearts they are also travelling all over the world. The new website is a vital form of communication between the members and combined with our social media accounts helps to inform our membership of events and news,” commented the President of the Dubrovnik Foreign Circle, Christiane Mandukich.
And of course the DFC is always on the lookout for new members, and now with the new website is it easy the ever to become a member. Just click here Join today and become a part of the international community in Dubrovnik and find out how you can help.