Naomi Piek arrived in the Netherlands in October 2023, together with Nico. Read more about the story of Naomi.
Naomi, why did you emigrate to the Netherlands?
I’ve always believed in pushing myself outside my comfort zones as a way to grow and experience life, and with that came the interest in traveling and living abroad. The prospect of gaining international work experience and safety made the decision easy when approached about the opportunity.
Can you tell us something how you do like the Netherlands?
I really enjoy the food, culture and the weather here. We arrived during autumn and surprisingly, it hasn’t been as cold as I anticipated. While it’s definitely colder with more rain in autumn than most South African winters, the indoor heating makes it quite comfortable. Other differences would be, of course no load shedding, feeling safe to go for walks in the evenings, and the fact that things just work in general.
Please tell us something about the projects you are currently working on.
I’m working on a ICT platform built for small to medium sized businesses that want to modernize their current business processes. Our platform helps clients in CRM tooling, management, planning, HRM and more. The platform was built for specific needs by these small companies, and continues to be tailored to them all while keeping the migration affordable. I get to work on all the elements of the app and enjoy the challenges that come with the specific needs of each client we work with.
Did the process of emigration go smoothly?
The process went surprisingly fast. The hardest part was obtaining the South African documents. summit developers also assisted in all the paperwork needed on both ends, which elevated a lot of stress and uncertainty in that regard.
Can you explain to the South Africans who are considering to go overseas how you did experience the support from us?
summit developers was always available to answer all our questions and concerns and never left us wondering about the details and what is next in the process. We also never had to worry about the basics as they go above and beyond to ensure you have what you need to make a new start in the Netherlands.