29 February 2024
International education in the Netherlands: 'The newcomers as well as teachers are really hard workers'
- International student
- International talent
Meet Geise, a 37-year-old molecular biologist from Brazil. Geise and her family (husband and child) moved to Brainport Eindhoven in the Netherlands, looking for a better life and professional opportunities. And while their journey trying to settle in the region was slow, Geise can now say she feels right at home in the region. Like they said, slowly but surely. Read more about Geise’s story and discover why Brainport Eindhoven is more than just a job in tech, it’s also a place where families can form a new home.
A home is where we feel comfortable, welcomed, and respected. I see it as if we have those three elements; you can feel at home anywhere.
My husband got a job offer, and we felt it was a great opportunity. Our son was still young, and the move seemed like the right thing to do. We moved here 3 years ago, and we first lived for 2 months in Eindhoven while trying to figure out what was best for us. Then we moved to Veldhoven to our home and have been there ever since.
At my home because it is where I have everything I love. It’s the little nest I built with my family in this new country. It’s where I have my plants and put everything the way I like it. It is my safe space, a comfortable place for me. It’s also where my friends and I come together and where I have my family at the end of the day. We enjoy staying at home a lot, hosting barbecues, and preparing meals. I have great neighbors around here also that are really friendly to us. And our home was our refuge when we arrived and didn’t know anyone, now it’s where we invite our friends and create memories.
Yes, when we arrived, we discovered that our neighbors were also a Brazilian family. Because we met them during Covid, it was like they were sent from heaven because they helped us to pass through it. They were there to help us with questions about our new life here, how to integrate, what to do, and where to go. Also, our Dutch neighbors might not have gone through the same journey as us, but they’re really friendly and always trying to help us. So, we really appreciate that because it made us feel welcome sooner.
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