We asked Barbara Bruhwiler, founder of Expat-Living.info and author of Expat-Living.info Johannesburg why she wrote the book and what it offers the expat moving to Johannesburg.
This Guide to Johannesburg will help expats to prepare for their assignment from the very first minute they know about their international relocation, because they can download it immediately, wherever they are. They will be able to budget because they know the exact local prices of many goods and services, how and where to look for accommodation, how to choose a school for their children, which documents they need, what to pack into their container, how to prepare their children for the relocation, and so on.
But my Guide will also accompany clients all the way through the international transition and the first year of assignment by being a source of information for how to open bank accounts and PO boxes, what to do to stay safe in traffic and just about everywhere else, how to employ domestic workers (including a sample contract), how to keep your house bug free, where to find friends and how to set up a life for the accompanying spouse, to mention just a few.
And if clients still have questions, they can send them to me to get them answered. This consultation service is part of the Guide.
We developed the concept for this Guide very carefully, after researching international studies on expats, as well as the market. When we look at the different phases of an international assignment (preparing; moving; settling in), we found that no other provider before us covers all of them.
Blogs are easily available, but their main focus is on entertaining, not on problem solving; and they are personal, which makes them biased. There is no such thing as a “one solution fits all expats”. I find that it takes too much time to read through a blog until I finally find valuable information.
Relocation agents are very helpful, but only available for a short period of time and very expensive. You get their support during 1 or 2 days, and afterwards you’re on your own – while most problems are not solved yet.
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