There are currently approximately 69000 internationals in Eindhoven. Many of them talented international knowledge-workers. Every one of these people stood at a crossroad. From wildly different cultural backgrounds they all made the difficult choice to move to another place. Especially in a society that is increasingly knowledge-driven, more and more people will probably face that choice. What if that choice would be an opportunity for more interconnected communities instead of a problem?
Before moving to Eindhoven in 2008 together with her husband, Kavitha Varathan was an architect in India. Last year she founded the Expat Spouses Initiative (ESI), together with Anne Yianni; a network for the professional development of the partners of expats in Eindhoven. The ESI initiative connects the spouses of expats in finding a job and connecting within the community.