VIE LESA helps expat partners to re-build their life and *career* in Vienna/Austria.

Sounds simple, sounds logical! But if you are an accompanying partner, living abroad, you know that there is more than just one challenge…

It all goes back to our all-time-favorite question “And what do you do?”
So let’s be clear on that one: *Career* as defined by VIE LESA is everything that makes you thrive as an expat spouse! And for sure something to be proud of!

FROM expat spouses FOR expat spouses
VIE LESA is set up as a so called “gemeinnütziger Verein”, a non-profit association. Why? Because we (who have all “been there, done that”) think that together with all like-minded expat spouses we can tackle the *career* challenges out there – to know better – do better – feel better – live better!

And who are we reaching out for, when talking about “expat spouse(s)”?
VIE LESA aims to help the accompanying partners of expats (=persons working outside their native country for a certain period of time (assignment)) in Vienna/Austria, married or unmarried, and their families. And YES we also reach out to male expat spouses, divorced expat spouses and repat spouses! We believe that we all face similar challenges and by joining forces, get the opportunity to learn from each other and change perspectives in many ways – and not just ours!


Wondering what the name VIE LESA stands for?
VIE LESA is short for Vienna Local Expatriate Spouse Association. As such it shares the vision of an UN initiative launched 15 years ago which is brought to life by a number of LESA networks around the globe (e.g. NYLESA). VIE LESA is however open not only to UN spouses, but all accompanying partners in expat assignments to Vienna/Austria as well as repat spouses!

VIE LESA's logo inspired by the Wiener Riesenrad
VIE LESA’s logo inspired by the Wiener Riesenrad

Why did we get the inspiration for our logo from the Wiener Riesenrad (Vienna`s Giant Ferris Wheel)?
The website of the Wiener Riesenrad reads “If you haven’t once in your lifetime taken a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel and enjoyed the breathtaking views over the roofs of Vienna, you haven’t really been to Vienna at all.”

Life as an expat spouse can be full of challenges, yes! – yet at the same time it can also open up a whole new world of exciting opportunities and will change perspectives in many areas. VIE LESA wants to be there for you to enjoy the ride and make your stay in Vienna/Austria an unforgettable one!