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Affordable Relocation Support

I am by nature a ‘connector’ and a prodigious networker
so whether you have consulted me for Life Coaching or Expatriate Coaching, and whether you are looking for a job, trying to buy a house, wanting to make new friends or needing a lawyer or to transfer money, I can recommend professionals in all walks of life.  And if I can't give you a name, then I will find someone who can.  

In addition to our coaching sessions I will almost certainly be suggesting other ways by which you can continue to improve your situation too.  This may be through reading a book or visiting a website, through joining a networking group or having a coffee with someone I think you have something in common with.
You can be assured, therefore, that the time we spend together is just the beginning of my commitment to your new lifestyle.

Useful Articles
Down Under (book), by Bill Bryson
Avoiding the Tall Poppy Syndrome
Flowers for the Living www.sabona.com.au/1811
Same Same but Very Different www.sabona.com.au/1402
It's Different for Women! www.sabona.com.au/1713
How Australians View South Africans www.sabona.com.au/1614
Tips on Being An Expat www.sabona.com.au/1912 
The Lure of the Land Down Under www.takingupresidence.com
Immigrating to a Different Planet; 9 lessons I've Learned www.tandemconsulting.com.au

Affordable Relocation Support
If you are moving yourself here and not being brought in on an expat package, you may feel that you cannot afford a relocation consultant but trust me, it will be money well spent. Robyn Vogels of Personnel Relocations is not only surprisingly affordable but will give you a wonderfully personal service and invaluable information about suburbs, housing and schools.

Meeting People  
Melbourne and other Australian cities host a myriad of Meet Up Groups for everything from repats to brunch lovers. Find a local Meet Up group that would suit you at www.meetup.com  Other great networking groups are www.doubledrummer.com.au (who will help you find a local sports team or club to join) and www.getalife.com.au 
Newcomers Network hosts monthly drinks and information sessions and the site is packed full of helpful settlement strategies, networking groups and much more besides.  It also provides information for people moving to or returning to other Australian cities
South Africans can connect with one another at www.sabona.com.au or the South African Business Network in Melbourne (search it on www.linkedin.com)
Poms can find each other at www.pomsdownunder.com
People of all nationalities can connect both virtually and in person through www.internations.org who host a fortnightly drinks evening in a cbd location in most capital cities
If you are female and looking for girls to be friends with, visit www.bemywingman.com.au
At www.thefetch.com.au you can sign up to receive a fortnightly listing of business events happening in your city
There are also many other culturally based groups such as the Alliance Francaise and all the various Chambers of Commerce - you'll be amazed what's there!

Singles Scene

    - If you are interested in Australian history, a great website is Convict Creations
    - Women especially can find great support at www.expatwomen.com
    - A helpful article on culture shock can be found at www.studyoverseas.com/insurance/culture_shock
    - Good cultural overviews at  www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/australia.html and also at www.everyculture.com/A-Bo/Australia.html and  www.australia.com/about/culture.aspx
    - Great current affairs blog www.onlineopinion.com.au
    - More current affairs at The Drum c/o www.abc.net.au

    Need to improve your business English? www.performanceeducation.com.au and www.redenglish.com.au both offer excellent courses.

    Need to get some documents proofread to ensure your letter or CV makes the right impression? Email Louise Correcha; louisec@redenglish.com.au for a prompt and efficient service.

      Contact Patti McCarthy on +44 7944 636 091 or email:  patti@culturalchemistry.com.au