Accepting a job at ESA means not only adjusting to a new work environment but in some cases, also adjusting to a new country, a new culture and a new language. Many staff also have concerns about finding the right accommodation, schooling and childcare.
ESA offers a number of services to help staff settle into their new environment more easily. These may vary from Establishment to Establishment. More detailed information can be obtained from the local personnel office once a contract has been offered.
ESA's main Establishments have a Sports, Social and Cultural Committee whose goal is to provide opportunities for staff members and their families to join a wide variety of social and sports clubs. Staff can enjoy these facilities outside working hours either on site or close by.
The variety and number of facilities and activities offered vary between locations, but whatever your interests you are sure to find a club that caters for them.
Every main Establishment has an in-house medical advisor. It is their job to provide emergency medical care and conduct an annual medical examination of staff. They can also give advice on finding a family doctor, dentist and other local medical services.
Some Establishments also have a welfare officer/social worker who can provide support and assistance to staff and their spouses on issues such as stress management, personal problems, childcare facilities and dealing with handicapped children.
Some of the other services that ESA can offer are:
- a relocation service to assist staff find accommodation
- an orientation programme for newcomers
- internal language classes
- an internal local affairs service to take care of processing documents required by local authorities
- an in-house bank and post office
- a summer camp for children
- links to useful external sites, found under Links for Expats where information on local transportation, housing, international schools, employment and other sites for expatriates can be found
Spouse support network
ESA has a number of initiatives to help the spouses of staff members settle in and to help those looking for work to find employment. Some establishments have a spouse network, partially run by spouses of staff, to help newcomers adjust to living in the local community.
ESA also works with private networks specialising in support for expatriates and exchanges job vacancies with other international organisations that may be present in the locality.