Daniel Jordaan arrived in the Netherlands just before the end of 2021, together with his girlfriend Sonja. The start of 2022 was also the start of their new adventure!
Daniel, why did you emigrate to the Netherlands?
As a young South African, it has always been an ambition of mine to work abroad. My parents have always advised me to pursue opportunities that are out of your comfort zone as it helps to build character. The Netherlands has a similar culture to South Africa which makes transitioning far easier. Another bonus is that Afrikaans and Dutch are very similar which supports and shortens communication barriers. I wanted a future where I would feel safe and secure and the Netherlands is fully capable of providing just that.
Can you tell us something how you do like the Netherlands?
The Netherlands is fantastic, the people are friendly and supportive, the culture is diverse and the transport systems work phenomenally well and are perfectly on time! The biggest difference is the feeling of safety in the Netherlands that is far superior to that of South Africa. The freedom that comes along with it is second to none.
Please tell us something about the projects you are currently working on.
I am currently working on a system for a financial service provider in the Netherlands. My tech stack is diversifying and I am truly enjoying the learning experience that comes with it!
Did the process of emigration go smoothly?
The process is stressful when you are pressed for time, South Africa’s systems and infrastructure for emigration are terribly slow. You will need to put effort in to make a success of it, luckily for you, summit developers have a highly efficient and effective team capable of getting you to the Netherlands. Sonja and myself are here now and we are extremely grateful to have gotten this opportunity.
Can you explain to the South Africans who are considering to go overseas how you did experience the support from us?
I can without a doubt say that the process is streamlined by summit developers. They are extremely on form and have all of their ducks in row. They know exactly what needs to be done and when to do it. Covid provided a serious amount of hurdles to cross, but the team backing us provided the lift we needed to overcome them with ease. You will be in great hands, they are available at any moment’s notice for advice and guidance. They are kind, caring and generous. Take the leap of faith and watch it pay off!