ABOUT THE AUTHOR...
Currently based on the Gold Coast in Australia, I'm a co-author of some other publications about Australia and easiest ways to move to a new country. This has been my passion and specialty since 1995 when I first experienced a long-term move to a completely unknown country. After growing up and living in different European countries in my youth, I studied in various countries and learned about new cultures, different to mine, in Canada, New Zealand, Fiji and Australia. I'm continuously involved in further research to offer the best possible advice to everyone thinking about making this important step of transition.
I love helping newcomers overcome their first uncomfortable moments, fears and doubts to ensure they tap into their full potential as human beings, employees as well as members of their family and social circles. Personal satisfaction generally leads to appreciation of a new country while remembering initial reasons for decision to move, I find it enormously gratifying when I see my clients enjoying a new life they created for themselves and giving their children opportunity to experience a different cultural environment for any periods of time.
As you noticed, I prefer to use word 'newcomer' instead of 'migrant', not only because of slightly negative tone it may have for some readers, but also due to the fact that once you settle, you shouldn't really feel like migrant anymore. And this is what I want you to achieve - feel at ease and safe in your new country. During the years of working with at least 200 newcomers every year, I can confirm that the two most important things to carry with you at all times are: positive outlook and 'can do' attitude. Easier said than done, but our thinking is the only thing we have a power over.
I can guarantee that once you really try it for the first time, it's going to be extremely easy and possibly the most satisfying thing you ever learned.
All the best to all readers!