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Why I moved abroad
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Why I moved abroad

Moving abroad is a big decision, and it is not to be taken lightly. Even though it is a very personal decision, it also has to be made with the right intentions. It will not, for instance, fix a broken marriage, but it can definitely enrich your life and broaden your horizons.

Cultural differences between South Africa and the Netherlands
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Cultural differences between South Africa and the Netherlands

As with any large international move, cultural differences always play a huge part when integrating into the new environment. Fixx iT has many South African whom over the years have experienced differences and sometimes difficulties in the new host environment of the Netherlands. Understanding these cultural differences can sometimes be difficult. Luckily a framework exists to help us better understand the differences between nations.

3 top reasons to work overseas
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3 top reasons to work overseas

If you worked a 100 years ago it was unlikely that anyone cared about your skills or qualifications. The focus was mostly on character and if you were perceived as honest, altruistic and hard working you would have done well. In fact the concept of a job didn’t really exist and people performed chores. Sounds easy, right?

My journey moving to the Netherlands
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My journey moving to the Netherlands

So, the flight was long… very long, I travelled for just over 18 hours and I was spent when I arrived. On the second flight from Dubai I was fortunate enough to sit next to a lovely Dutch couple returning from vacation in Mauritius. They were very friendly and also gave me my first experience of the Dutch people.

Things to avoid on the Dutch road
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Things to avoid on the Dutch road

The first time I in the Netherlands was from the Fixx offices in Houten to my home in Vleuten. It was a sunny spring day and I hadn't started working yet. I didn't need to worry about getting lost or about rushing anywhere. I had heard some jokes about getting in on the wrong side of the car (Yes, I’m guilty of this), and about going in the wrong direction on a one way street (Fortunately, I’m not guilty of this). I didn't think much of this, after all, I had been driving for more than 10 years already, how different could it be?

Living in the future
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Living in the future

Compared to where I come from, it’s like living in the future. Things work. Public transport is on time and readily available, you will always see planes in the sky, sometimes as many as five or six at a time. There is an entire road network for bicycles. You can even scan your own items in the store and pay for it with an app.

Rinse and Repeat
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Rinse and Repeat

My favourite part of living in Europe is all the remarkable life lessons I learn and the opportunity I have, to reflect on life. When you enter a different environment, you have the rare chance to view every aspect of your life from a different angle.

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Buddy system

Providing a workplace buddy ensures that you has someone to talk to, which is important in the first nerve-wracking weeks (or even months) of a new job and especially when you’ve made the big step of moving to the Netherlands!

Sports clubs

The Dutch are known for being a very active nation. There are a few sports that are very popular in the Netherlands including field hockey, soccer, tennis, road running and going to the gym.