Pieter Linde and his wife Liandi and their son Mario came to the Netherlands in October 2021. Read more about the experiences of this family.
Pieter, why did you emigrate to the Netherlands?
There are many reasons why we decided to move to the Netherlands. Our one-year-old son was by far the main reason. The Netherlands is known for its excellent healthcare and education system as well as being an excellent place to raise and grow a family.
Can you tell us something how you do like the Netherlands?
My family and I love it here, it feels a lot like home. My son can play outside, we can go for walk any time of the day or night. One of the biggest differences is getting used to the Dutch weather, but after a couple of weeks, you learn to make the best of it. Another thing that the Dutch got right is that they have app’s for everything, from electricity bills to the DigID – everything just works!
Please tell us something about the projects you are currently working on.
I am working at a company that builds workforce planning solutions for some of the major retail companies in the Netherlands and surrounding countries. The people are very supportive and I enjoy working with my colleagues. The culture is very open and helpful and I get to work with a great bunch of people.
Did the process of emigration go smoothly?
The process went incredibly smoothly and summit developers was with us every step of the way. They made the entire experience very pleasant and we haven’t looked back since. After meeting the summit team in Cape Town for the first time, we arrived in the Netherlands roughly seven months later. We sold our home, both our vehicles and all of our other possessions to start over in the Netherlands. We only brought the things that could fit into our seven pieces of luggage.
Can you explain to the South Africans who are considering to go overseas how you did experience the support from us?
summit developers made the whole process as simple as possible. They helped us with everything we needed and a lot more. They helped with getting us a place to live, assisted us (my wife and son included) with all of our paperwork, getting all our accounts activated and all the other little details in-between. After landing in the Netherlands summit developers continued to make us feel welcome by leaving a welcome basket, they continue to call or just pop-in to make sure we are all settled in. I will recommend anyone that is planning to move to the Netherlands to give the team at summit developers a ring.