Register for language courses at UNHQ

NYLESA is happy to announce that it will be possible for UN spouses to participate in the The Language and Communications Programme at the United Nations Headquarter in New York from fall 2017. Register now to secure your spot in one of these popular courses. 

The Language and Communications Programme offers general language courses from beginner to advanced in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The programme also offers specialized communications courses in that are intended to develop specific cultural and professional skills in listening, speaking and interacting, reading or writing.

Deadline for registration is 12th September. Please note that you might need to take a placement test before you register for a course.

Read more about the Language and Communications Programme and how to register here

Meet the new Co-Chair of NYLESA – Angela Picon

Angela Picon, a Colombian political scientist with a master in Diplomacy and International Relations, is the new Co-Chair of the NYLESA Steering Committee. 

On Wednesday June 14th at the Special General Meeting of NYLESA, our members cast their unanimous vote for Angela Picon who is taking the vacant Co-Chair position in the Steering Committee.

Angela Picon has experience in humanitarian and political affairs both with the UN, where she worked as reporting officer with OCHA, and as a national officer in the OAS Mission to support the Peace Process in Colombia. Angela arrived in New York three months ago and is enthusiastic about becoming a part of the NYLESA community and contributing to supporting UN spouses and families moving to NYC.

Welcome on board Angela!

Participants at the Coffee Gathering and Special General Meeting at A.O.C. Photo: Lin Qi 

Welcome to NYLESA Cocktail Gathering on June 15

On Thursday June 15th it is time for the monthly NYLESA Cocktail Gathering. If you are not a member yet this is a great opportunity to get to know NYLESA better. Bring your spouse and join us at 5th & Mad in Manhattan. 

5th & Mad is a spacious bi-level bar two blocks from the Empire State Building. A vibrant place to hang out and unwind. The kitchen prepares a variety of small plates including sliders, calamari, wings, Irish nachos and Mad Burgers.

Participants: The Cocktail Gathering is an open event. All NYLESA members, spouses and newcomers interested in joining NYLESA are invited to come.

When: Thursday June 15, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Where: Mad@5, 7 E 36th Street, New York City NY

Registration: There is no need to register. If you have any questions, please contact

Fee: Cash bar, you will pay for your own drinks.


The Art of Networking in 140 Characters

At Junes months career table NYLESA members got tips on how to build a Twitter persona that get noticed by people and organizations.  

Twitter can be an excellent resource for your job search, introducing you to new people, organizations, ideas and job opportunities. June month´s career table was hosted by Javier Delgado-Rivera who runs @TheUNTimes, the leading Twitter account on UN affairs. Javier gave some good insights on how to develop a social media mindset and make the most of your Twitter presence. Read more and download Javiers presentation below.

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Guided tour in Central Park June 6th

Would you like to know more about the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, one of the most magical places in Central Park?

On June 6th NYLESA member Elena Giachetti will give a guided tour of the Hallet Sanctuary. Elena will tell us about the history of this hidden gem that was closed until 2001, and walk us through the rustic trails to view native plantings and wildlife.

Wear comfortable shoes and join us for this experience! Open to all NYLESA members.
When: Tuesday, June 6th, 10a.m. to 12p.m.
Where: We will gather under José Julían Martí’s statue, at Center Drive and 59th St (head of 6th Avenue).
Read more and
confirm your attendance by June 5th here (you need to be logged in as member)

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