Originally Posted by andrew_obrien
Volunteering is my plan of action if I haven't got work soon after I arrive. There are some great ones on here, from teaching computers to older people, to teaching english to accompanying someone with a disabilty to football matches!
In my old job here I had volunteers who helped out with the project and it is a great way to get yourself known, and get experience.
Anyway, I have your email address from before, we are landing on the 22nd, I know that is a wee bit away but we will meet up, my OH is the same age as you and I am going to have to keep a major eye on him for the homesickness, although prob saying that we will get there and I will be the one who will suffer!
We will be staying in Oaklands Park, where are you?
I cannot imagine how hard it has been for you. My husband and I recently separated and I went ahead with visa application and obtained visas for myself and my two daughters. That was the easy part. Have just sold house and we are living with family at present. Compared to your situation we have it much easier. Although on my own I have two daughters aged 18 and 16 and an uncle who lives in Sheidow park who we can stay with when we arrive.
I take my hat off to you and think you should stick with it. It is very scary but you only live once and I dont want to regret not taking this opportunity that I have been given in years to come, when my daughters have flown the nest and probably moved away anyway.
Its not easy coming here on your own, i am fortunate enough to have my daughter who although is only 7 certainly keeps my busy and doesn't give me time to get lonely.
This forum was the best thing for me, i don't know how i would have coped if it hadn't been for a couple of families i met within 5 Min's of arriving at my short term rental apartment (these were people i had been chatting to on PIA previously). Since then i have met more people and struck up some great friendships.
Hang in there and i hope having your parents visit helps. Go on some of the lads nights out and I'm sure you to will meet some great people.
I would just like to thank you all for your advice and support. As an update for you all i have met a really nice couple calle greg & dani who got me drunk last night and cooked me a kangaroo steak today (which was nice) i cant thank them enough and i cant thank pia enough too. I am starting to feel much better about the move today and am hopefully going to look at a beach front apartment tomorrow to cheer me up lol.
Once again thank you all!!
thanks for the site will have a look at that. ill take you both out for a beer when you get here. i am in north glenelg on sandison terrace
Originally Posted by brandyslad
Andrew I came here 20 years ago and found it vey hard to settle and I had a husband and two children to help me, I honestly have to say I admire you for making the move on your own and I think you sound as if your the kind of person who will make and I wish you all the luck in world. Good luck and may you make many friends on your journey.
We are in the North Eastern suburbs and we are really a very friendly lot up here so you'll be ok with your new friends. Good luck.
Regarding volunteer, go to your local library and ask if they have a list. At the Mitcham library they have a list of different organizations that you can volunteer with. Also you can try the op shops around you (charity shops). Hang in there, it will get better.
Hey Andrew, I'm here on my own too. Been here about 10 months now & had a real rollercoaster of a ride. Had a few real lows but plenty highs. To be honest i wouldn't look back. Sure it's no fun going out on your own, but it forces you to interact. Iv'e met tons of people. Most you may never see again, & their never gonna replace your friends back home who you may have known for years, but that'll come with time. I think you have to have a little faith in letting Fate take its course.
A good start is to join a club. Try something new. Something youv'e never tried before. Youv'e already done the hardest part.......getting here.
I'm living in Henley Beach, so if you or any one else for that matter fancy a Beer just drop me a line.
im over on my own as well, but I thought Id come over on a working holiday visa for 12 months to check things out before getting the full PR but now Ive been here 4 weeks I want to get the PR ASAP!
hang in there Andrew
Have been watching your progress from when you were back in the UK. You are an inspiration to us all, having the balls to go it alone.
Grest to see so many people wanting to catch up with you. Enjoy your early times out there it will be well worth it.