After careful consideration and many late-night discussions, the Jooste-family decided in 2006 to emigrate from South Africa. We packed our bags and said our goodbyes, with the bright lights of Paris luring us on a new and exciting adventure. We were immigrants, not ex-pats, who had financial backing from a corporate company, nor did we have any immigration coaching or guidance.
For various unforeseen reasons, our gruelling immigration journey started from South Africa to France, Britain and Australia. How our journey turned out is not something I would recommend to any migrant. Thankfully we endured and survived, settling in Australia and successfully integrating into our new home country. Today I am a Master Certified Life Coach, specialising in Immigration Settlement and Integration Coaching to help fellow migrants to have a smoother and more successful immigration journey.
International Moving company packing our household belongings for France
Three international relocations and the past 17 years of migrant life have helped me to understand the challenges of emigrating to an entirely new culture with different languages, time zones and, most of all being far away from friends and family.
I fully understand how hard it is to re-invent yourself, move with children and pets, and deal with ambiguous grief and loss, imposter syndrome, and underemployment. I know your daily struggles with language, misunderstandings, and your continuous search for happiness and belonging. That is why Immigration Settlement and Integration Coaching is my passion.
My friend and I, Robyn Vogels, who is a seasoned Relocation Consultant, wrote two books:
Your D.I.Y. Move Guide to Australia for South Africans, and
Your D.I.Y. Move Guide to Australia (Amazon bestseller).
My qualifications include, but are not limited to:
You can find more information about my professional experience and training on LinkedIn.
Dear friends started to call me "The Migrant Whisperer", and I loved the compliment so much that I changed it to my business slogan.
I used the dandelion in the logo because they represent strength and survival :
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Coaching is an interactive experience where we discover your goals and your passions and use them to help you travel down a path to the life you want.
100%! What happens in our sessions stays in our sessions, just like seeing a therapist.
The time your coaching process will take depends on the complexity of your goals and your commitment and openness to your strategy.