"At the beginning you miss your family, your friends, your roots, but with time you will realise that the roots are actually growing."

by Emilia, 2021

Bettina Feurstein

Bettina has started her journey abroad in 2001, what was supposed to be a gap year before starting University turned into a 16 year long adventure of different countries, languages and cultures. In 2017 she moved back to Vorarlberg, Austria where she now lives with her family. 

Bettina has worked in and with some of the biggest multinational consumer companies and gained a lot of experience while working with people from different cultures.  

Her focus is on: Coaching, International Career Couples, Diversity in the workplace and Intercultural trainings. 

Verena Heingärtner

Verena has experience in the different facets of expat life: she started her journey of living abroad in 2009 following her partner to Canada, in 2013 repatriating for 5 years back to Austria before expatriating once again in 2019 to work in Brussels. And in 2022 moving to Montreal, where she currently lives and works.
It is her passion to support expats during their transition phases (outgoing or incoming) and she has already successfully set up non-profit organizations for expats in Canada and Vienna. 
Verena’s professional background range from: air and space policy, European and international affairs, running a family business to dual career mediation.
Her focus lies in networking and advocating for new HR-policies in order to untap the full potential of dual car(e)ers.
And although Verena enjoys her global life very much, she always looks forward to spending time in Vorarlberg. 

"In every change, in every falling leaf, there is some pain, some beauty. And that's the way new leaves grow."

by Amit Ray

Ivette Rosales

Ivette not only was one of our Xipersonalities sharing her personal and professional story as an expat in V with us, but even more became an integral part of XIPAT. She and Masha are the driving forces behind the 2nd edition of Welcome2V and we are very happy to have them on board! True magic happens when expats and locals meet - the core of XIPAT :)

Mariia Rogova   

Masha is a wonderful example of the power of friendship. She  and Carola from Vorarlberg became friends in 2019 while both of them studied abroad in Slovenia. During this time Carola successfully convinced Masha that Vorarlberg is a great place to study and work and voila - Masha relocated and now is one of the driving forces behind Welcome2V adding lots of expat‘s insights to the mix.