Donovan Barnard came to the Netherlands in September 2023, together with his twin brother Wian. Here you can read something about his story.
Donovan, why did you emigrate to the Netherlands?
I decided to emigrate as I would have a better opportunity for future growth in a first world country. I also wanted to live in a safer country where there were no power cuts.
Can you tell us something how you do like the Netherlands?
So far the Netherlands has been quite nice, all the people are friendly and understanding to any troubles you may have. Everyone also looks out for everybody else more, a neighbor will pick up a package for you if you are away, drivers will stop at crosswalks, people greet each other on the streets etc and more. One thing to keep in mind is that the houses are a lot smaller in the Netherlands.
Please tell us something about the projects you are currently working on.
I’m working on a team where we help various different teams with any technical difficulties or enhancements they are facing or want on the programs they work on.
Did the process of emigration go smoothly?
The emigration process went smoothly and I arrived in the Netherlands without many issues, there are some things where I had to do some extra research.
Can you explain to the South Africans who are considering to go overseas how you did experience the support from us?
Overall the support was nice and helpful to get me in the Netherlands.