Interview with Rosy

28 December, 2015

Name: Rosy

Age: 19-25

From: South Africa

Now residing in: Australia

How long have you lived here and how long are you planning to stay?
We have been in Australia for 7 months now. And we are just loving it! The move is a permanent one has we got permanent resident visas granted.

Are you living alone or with your family?
I came to Australia with my husband and dog. (Yes, we brought our dog along) We have no other family in Australia.

Why did you move?
We wanted to move to a country that had a low rate of crime and with good schooling and healthcare. We also wanted to move to a country that had great weather. Australia was the perfect fit for us!

How did you find the transition to living in a foreign country?
I must say that I didn't experience much culture shock. Once I developed an ear for the accent I was ready to go. People are very friendly and it has been easy to make friends.

Was it easy making friends and meeting people; do you mainly socialise with other expats?
We found it easy to meet people. You just need to make a effort. Join a social club and reach out to other expats on forums. There are lots of South African expats who are always willing to invite you to a barbecue.

Was it hard to get a visa or a work permit?
Yes it was but we did apply for a permanent resident visa. It was a timely process that took about a year. We needed to get our qualification approved, along with doing an English and health test. Luckily it can all be done online.

Was it difficult for you to get medical insurance before you went there or when you first arrived
We luckily didn't need medical insurance as medicare covered us straight away.

How do you make your living in the country? Do you have any type of income generated?
We are both employed full time in the town we live in. It took us between 2 and 3 months to find jobs.

Do you speak the language and do you think it's important to speak the local language?
We are English so we had no language barrier with the locals. Australia is very strict about you being able to speak English. They do offer courses to help improve your English if it is not your home language.

Please add your thoughts on local customs and whether it's important for expats to respect/observe local customs.
The customs in Australia are in line with Western culture.

Do you miss home and family sometimes?
Defiantly you miss family and friends. But at the same time we have made many friends this side. You will always miss something from home - I don't really think there is anyway around it. It can be the food, the people, the weather and places filled with memories.

Do you have other plans for the future?
Pretty much to just settle down.

What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home?
We are currently renting until we can say for sure where we want to live. And then we will look into buying our forever home.

What is the cost of living in your new country?
I personally find it manageable but every person might have a different perspective. (I know that Australia is considered a very expensive place to live.) Once you are making Australian dollars everything becomes more affordable. The cost of living would also depend where you rent or on what your mortgage is.

What do you think about the the local people?
The local people are great! Australians are really friendly and are always willing to lend a helping hand. They also have a great sense of humor.

What are the positive and negative aspects of living here?
The positives are; there is low crime, good education, good healthcare, people are friendly, Australia is a beautiful country and there are kangaroos. :) The negatives of leaving your home country is that you leave your friends and family and your career takes a hit.

Do you have any tips for our readers about moving to, or living in the country?
My biggest piece of advice would be that you need to prepare yourself that your career will take a hit and your first job might not be your dream job. But be open-minded in the beginning so you can develop references and contacts. Be open to recruitment agencies, cold calling for jobs and online jobs sites when looking for work.

What is the worst experience you have had as an expat?
Well I would say it was a struggle for me to get my first job. When we arrived we just wanted to start working and it didn't happen as fast as we would of liked.

Do you have any favorite websites or blogs about the country?
Here are 3 great websites: The official government website which will give you all the information you need to know on different visa options - This website is for South Africans moving to Australia and is a great resource - And then I have created my own blog to give practical advise on anyone moving to Australia -

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