Spouse Space: Supporting expat partners in North Denmark

by Nathalia Hentze Nielsen

Moving to a new country can be a thrilling adventure, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges, especially for the spouses and partners of expatriates.

These individuals often find themselves in unfamiliar territory, struggling to establish connections, secure employment, and adapt to a new culture.

In North Denmark, the International House North Denmark offers a program called Spouse Space to address these challenges and provide vital support to expats’ spouses and partners.

Monthly meetings

Spouse Space is an initiative in North Denmark that is specifically tailored to the needs of expats’ spouses and partners.

Its core objective is to help with job search and create a welcoming and inclusive community where individuals can connect, share experiences, and access resources to make their transition to Denmark smoother and more fulfilling.

The cornerstone of Spouse Space is its monthly meetings, which are designed to be both informative and social.

These are usually divided into two halves. The first half is dedicated to focused discussions on various subjects of interest, such as employment opportunities, networking strategies, volunteer work, and even entrepreneurship.

This segment equips participants with valuable insights and practical knowledge to help them navigate life in North Denmark successfully.

The second half of the meetings shifts gears towards fostering social connections and networking. These moments are not just about making friends but also about building a support network that can prove invaluable in the expat journey.

Sign up for the fall

Spouse Space operates with a multifaceted approach, aiming to achieve several important goals for expats’ spouses and partners:

  • Creating Relationships: One of the fundamental aims is to facilitate meaningful connections and relationships among spouses and partners. These connections can become a source of emotional support and friendship during their time in Denmark.
  • Assisting with Job Searches: Finding employment in a new country can be a daunting task. Spouse Space offers guidance and resources to help participants in their job search, including job search courses and CV enhancement techniques.
  • Integration: Spouse Space is committed to assisting spouses in integrating into the local community and culture. This not only enhances their overall experience but also enriches the cultural fabric of North Denmark.
  • Networking Opportunities: Networking is essential for career growth and personal development. Spouse Space introduces participants to networking opportunities, allowing them to expand their professional and social circles.
  • Tackling Daily Challenges: Adjusting to a new environment comes with its fair share of daily challenges. Spouse Space provides a platform for individuals to share their challenges and seek advice from others who have faced similar situations.

One-on-one sessions are also available through Spouse Space, where individuals can receive personalized guidance on their CVs and job search strategies. This individualized attention helps tailor the job search process to the unique needs and qualifications of each participant.

If you are already in North Denmark and believe that this is something for you, you can sign up for the program here.

After signing up, you will be contacted shortly after about the upcoming events – the fall program starts on September 27th.

​​If you have any questions about the Spouse Space program, don’t hesitate to reach out to Pernille Nyrup Vigsø, Project Coordinator at International House North Denmark: pernille.vigso@aalborg.dk or +45 99311530

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