NYLESA - Supporting UN Spouses in NYC.

NYLESA was created by UN spouses for UN spouses under the UN Dual Career & Staff Mobility Programme. We support spouses and partners of international UN staff members as they settle in and find career opportunities during their time in New York. 

Join NYLESA today!

• Make new friends and become involved with the UN community
• Get career support through workshops, seminars and networking opportunities
• Practice your language skills at our language tables
• Discover NYC and gain useful tips for settling in a new city
• Help make NYLESA a stronger voice as it advocates for spouses interests within the UN


How was your summer ~ Annual Potluck at Lora’s in Milford, PA by Zein Dudha; Photo credits: Alexandre Tolipan

Every Year Lora and her husband Bernhard host a picnic / potluck event at their home in Milford Pennsylvania. This special event is one that we always look forward to as it gives us an excuse to get out of the city and the Milford area is always so peaceful and tranquil.

We have been there on 2 occasions, and each time thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The first time we took a bus, and the second time we rented a car, and made a weekend out of it, by staying with some other friends who also had a weekend retreat in nearby. Either way it usually takes around a couple of hours to get there.

Potluck events with a culturally diverse group are always exciting and I always love trying out new dishes. Bernhard is a very experienced grill-master who makes sure no one leaves hungry.

After the lunch one can always go on a hike or there are operators that do kayaking trips down the Delaware River. We are usually too full to do either.






A discussion on Apps at the English Language Table this September by Marcela Quintero

September's English Table

Delicious food, good conversation, amazing company, what more can you ask for?

Our English table on Thursday was lively and very informative. After catching up and hearing the summer news from old friends and new acquaintances, we shared a discovery session about the Apps we use to make life easier.

Some examples: moving around the city more easily with CITYMAPPER, doing tours in style with DETOUR, having our own personal trainer with BODBOT, spliting the check and tipping with TIPNSPLIT, paying the taxi cab seamlessly at the end of the trip with ARRO, buying and learning about wine with VIVINO, booking Broadway shows for less with TKTs, TDF or TodayTix, and many others.

Last but not least, thanks so much to our host, Diana Camacho, for her kind hospitality; at her house you always feel like you are at home.

'Til next time 😃
Marcela Quintero

How was summer this year for NYLESA members?

The French giants in Leeuwarden, European Capital of Culture

by NYLESA member Stef Stevens





This summer I had the pleasure to travel to the Northern Province of Holland, Friesland; where I witnessed an incredible 3-day theatre spectacle by the Giants of Royal-de-Luxe. The story revolved around a ‘little’ girl and her dog wandering the city of Leeuwarden in search for their father the diver, a 11-meter-high giant, who assisted the locals with strengthening their dikes and is now searching for a lost ice-skate in one of Leeuwarden’s canals. The sight of the magnificently manually animated giants is mesmerizing.
The three giants have a classic and romantic wooden doll appearance and their life-like movements make it an incredible spectacle.
Royal-de-Luxe is an iconic French street theatre company and their giants make their appearance on big events throughout the world (from Montreal to Perth). I can totally recommend this to everyone and suggest to be on the lookout for a performance near you, as it is a unique phenomenon for all ages.


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