International Christmas Journey 2021

This year, we will take our visitors and friends on a journey of various cross cultural experiences until February 2022. Due to the current situation we will not hold our traditional and popular International Christmas Bazaar.

We would like to invite everyone to our “International Christmas Journey 2021”, which is a beloved annual event in the community where the IWCR, embassies, businesses, charities and sponsors come together to raise funds for local charities in Latvia – supported by foreign ambassadors with their families, and a strong international community.

Online Auction – Christmas Shopping from Dec 6th until 12th

Bid on international experiences and valuable goods through an online bidding process just before the Christmas holidays.

The auction will be online for 7 days running from December 6th until December 12th.

Be quick to place your bids. Shop unique experiences, high valuable items – and enjoy the cultural diversity. Your bought items will be available for pick up at Riga Centers. The location will be emailed to you upon receipt. You can follow the items that will be posted for auction at our Facebook page:

We are very grateful for the Agency for Support for BEREC, (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications), facilitating our efforts by providing the technical solution for the auction platform.

Virtual IWCR Advent Calendar

Open a door every day from Dec 1st until 24th

The calendar takes you in a daily fun-filled journey which will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit! Each day takes you to a cultural experience around the world – recipes for traditional foods, master piece of music, a virtual travel tour, discounts to local experiences, or entrance tickets for local businesses.

We invite everyone to view the IWCR Advent Calendar for a voluntary donation of EUR 5. All the funds raised during the Christmas Journey 2021 goes to support our charities in Latvia

View the Countdown to Christmas by unboxing an intercultural surprise every single day with the IWCR International Advent Calendar.

Address of the IWCR President

“ As president of the IWCR, I am so very pleased to present the “International Christmas Journey 2021”, which offers cross-cultural experiences, online auction, and private fundraisers. Christmas is a moment which transcends across cultures and religions. It is a time to remember others – family, loved ones, friends, neighbours and to support and uplift those in need.

The International Christmas Journey is a credit to the tireless efforts of the IWCR, and International community, as well as the support from sponsors, local businesses and the embassies stationed in Riga. Their support is vital in raising funds to make a real difference in the lives of those in Latvia who need it most and to support the efforts of charities in Latvia. Every year, the IWCR has been able to raise a great deal of funds through its annual charity fundraisers, and I am confident that we will be able to do so again this year.

Gabriella Furusjo Temel, IWCR President

Become a Sponsor in 2021

Corporate sponsors and private donors are key in this effort to make our annual fundraiser a success. We are very grateful for the support we receive, we wouldn’t be able to offer such a high quality online auction and Advent calendar without their continuing support.

We are very grateful for valuable items and unique experiences you can contribution to our Online Auction. Our Auction will go online this year, and start on December 6th until December 12th. It is a unique opportunity for local businesses to be promote to the international and local community.

Donations, vouchers, items – big or small – for the Bazaar auction or Tombola are all hugely appreciated! We will acknowledge all donations on our Facebook page and website to show our thanks for the sponsorship.

Please contact if you like to donate for a good cause. The IWCR is a registered charity and it is therefore possible to declare any donation as a tax deduction, and issue a PNAKT.

Delivery of donations

The Salvation Army has graciously decided to be a point of contact for drop-offs and donations for the Tombola and International Christmas Journey.

Salvation Army: Bruninieku iela 10-A, Riga

Drop-offs can be made on working days between 10.00-18.00.

Donate to the IWCR

Due to the current situation we will not hold our traditional International Christmas Bazaar in presence. We invite you to support us in our efforts to raise funds for charities in Latvia. Together we can make a difference.

IWCR ask for monetory donations for those in need – we will carefully distribute the money for specific projects and needs.

You can read all about how we spend the funds donated to the club in the Charity section. Thank you!

Bank Account Details

Rigas Starptautiskais Sieviesu Klubs – Igora iela 49, Salaspils LV-2119, Latvia IWCR’s Reg. #40008020471

IBAN: LV92UNLA0001001700980

Bank “SEB”, T/C Galleria Riga, Dzirnavu Iela 67, Riga, LV 1011, Latvija. Bank routing number: 310101900.

Give a helping hand to those in need

The IWCR Christmas Journey 2021 is this year main fundraising activity. All the funds raised at the Journey will be directed to charity projects in Latvia, with special attention to low-income families, young single mothers, children in need, the elderly, and victims of violence.

We are very grateful for all contributions our sponsors help us with and all the visitors we welcome to the event to raise money for IWCR sponsored charities.