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 by Stef Stevens

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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Career Support Group Coordinator- Candidate Bio

Hong Xiao

I am from China and have been living in New York city for seven years.
Professionally my expertise lies in strategic and cross-cultural
communications. As an independent consultant, I’ve been advising
clients in both private and public sectors on various strategic
communications matters. In my previous professional lives, I served
McKinsey & Company as a client communications specialist as well as
worked at a national news agency as an English editor and journalist. I
was educated in both China and the UK, and have received a master’s

degree in each country. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing,
cooking, and traveling with my husband and our son.

If being elected, I look forward to working with other Steering
Committee members to further enhance NYLESA’s influence locally
and globally within a broader UN spouse network with a special focus
on better facilitating talented and qualified UN spouses to find
employment locally and within the UN system.

Position – Career Support Group Coordinator


New York Local Expatriate Spouse Association

is looking for the position of

Career Support Group Coordinator

who can lead the Career Support Team.

Career Support Group is one of the most important teams in NYLESA. It furthers one of NYLESA's main objectives which is to enhance spouse/partner's employability and maintain their professional careers when moving to NY. The Career Support Group Coordinator, among other tasks, is in charge of organizing activities and events for the career growth of our members.

The Career Support Group Coordinator position offers professional growth and networking opportunities.

The position is open to everyone who is a regular member of NYLESA.

Become part of our awesome team! Write to us at reachus@nylesa.org if you are interested.

Please check here for further details and form :



Best regards,
Tuba and Paola

NYLESAChair and Co-Chair

Long term consultancies at UNDP

Long term consultancies at UNDP


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