the meet is at
Tel: 01293 534959
the meet is at
Tel: 01293 534959
Ian, Rachel, Harry 16 & Georgia 13
Arrived in Adelaide 14th June 2008
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Hey you guys,
we are new to this too.. just starting out as well........ if it makes you feel better we are not home owners either and to be honest will probs arrive Down Under with our suitcases and 50cents in our pocket but that is not gonna stop us.. GO FOR IT!
good luck with everything keep in touch xxxxx
hi we've just joined this site too and are also just starting out. I am also going to the expo in london on saturday. We also went to the 'emigrate' expo at sandown last weekend....one of the better know agents told us that visa applications are now taking 14 to 18 months to process! I plan to ask around first though and won't commit until after this weekend. Not too sure what to expect at this expo?!? Just hope i might get some help- or info on work...i am a qualified gardener? By the way we got back from Adelaide a couple of weeks ago and thought it was great..Clean,modern, safe and the beaches are beautiful! Good luck! Paul.
We used Ian Harrop www.ianharrop.co.uk - we liked him because he was local to start with but he also did a postal service run through the London office which meant everything was done over the phone, we completed forms and then she sent them to me to sign, I sent them back, called if any changes had to be made etc. She was called Sue by the way!
As for living arrangements, we applied for and got OAA (On Arrival Accommodation) which gave us somewhere to go when we got to the airport. In hindsight, I wish we had looked at rentals closer to where we wanted to go and gone straight there for a number of reasons (it would have been nicer, the kids might have felt more settled etc) but it was fine, forgotten really now.
Belongings - we shipped over one sideboard, a mountain of books and other cr*p, personal effects etc. Furniture we bought new when we got here. We decided a few years ago that we were coming and so stopped replacing anything that went wrong. We just lived without it unless absolutely essential. It was exciting to be shopping, stressful to have to do it when we first got here and were trying to find our way around although we certainly learnt!!
Finding work is/ was much harder. I am teacher and so is OH although diff age groups. We got here, registered etc and he had a few days supply in May/ June. I got a job from July to Oct. He worked a few days in Oct and then got a job for 5 weeks in NOv/ Dec and got a perm during that which he is in now. So one or other of us has been working since we got here which isn't too bad. For us, the employers are easily identified and the processes that go with it so we haven't had too many probs identifying who to apply to. We just have issues finding the vacancies and getting an interview.
I am pleased for you that OHs occupation is on the list. When do you hope to be here?
Adelaide is not what I expected but I was expecting Uluru style desert with a beach I think and some buildings. I was not expecting hills - I HATE them . It took a while to feel settled but I am closer to that now. I would still do it even knowing how rough I felt in places.
The major surprise is that South Australians can't bl**dy drive, they are lunatics. Fantastic, lovely people when they are NOT behind the wheel. Deaf, dumb, stupid and blinkered when they are!!!!!!
Hope this has helped, a bit. Enjoy yourself at the meet!
I'm glad that there are other people out there that will not have much money either!!! That is my major hang up .... the finances, I'm not worried about anything else. Like everyone I suppose I have days when I think yes excellent lets go for it and then other days I'm thinking are we really able to do this? It really makes me feel upbeat though when I read all the comments on this site!!!