Adriaan Louw emigrated to the Netherlands in the beginning of April 2023. Read more about the experiences of Adriaan.
Adriaan, why did you emigrate to the Netherlands?
I have always wanted to explore other countries and want to live there. The Netherlands was one of the main countries on that list. I also felt it as a good challenge and an opportunity to grow as a person and experience new lifestyles. It is also a great opportunity for me and my partner to make a life here in the middle of Europe and create a stable future for ourselves.
Can you tell us something how you do like the Netherlands?
Me and my partner are really enjoying the Netherlands and all it has to offer us. Some of the biggest differences I would say is the trust the people of the Netherlands have for each other. We found no big culture shocks when we arrived, just shocked to see a country operate so efficiently and precisely. You can see where your tax money is being spent.
Please tell us something about the projects you are currently working on.
I am currently working on software solutions for the building industry. The software is being used by our clients within their automated factories to construct building parts needed for bigger constructions. The company as a whole has been very welcoming of me, they are friendly and don’t mind assisting me in some things I am uncertain about. The language barrier between Afrikaans and Dutch plays no role in the matter as we only work in English, yet in our lunch breaks and free time my colleagues try to assist me as much as possible with my language questions.
Did the process of emigration go smoothly?
The process of emigrating went extremely smoothly. Even though we were two people we only had to get some documentation done and go pick up our visa’s. The thing that took the longest was getting our visas approved and even this was less than two months.
Can you explain to the South Africans who are considering to go overseas how you did experience the support from us?
summit developers assisted me and my partner every step of the way. They were always available to help with questions and give guidance of what the next steps would be. When we arrived in the Netherlands all our admin work had been sorted and we just had to move into our house. The amount of assistance and guidance the summit developers team put in reassured me that it was going to be a smooth sailing move forward.