My first week in Auckland – how is the life on another side of the globe?
Hey, Hey! My name is Mégui, and since today you will find many personal stories about the everyday life of one Brazilian girl who recently came to the Kiwi Land. So let's get started! I arrived in Auckland 2 weeks ago, on Thursday, at 6 o'clock in the morning. In Brazil it was Wednesday, 3 PM, and I want to say that this change of time zone made a chaos in my life, because this two countries have a 15 hours difference. Auckland is so vivid and alive, but the first day it remained without any attention because of this long flights.
The first thing that attracted my attention in the beginning of my journey, is a multinationality of Auckland. Here you will meet people from Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa. In Auckland you can find an the entire world with all the cultural characteristics reflected in the clothing styles, culinary traditions and national holidays. The city welcomes everyone and offers all the incredible capabilities. You will meet people from all over the world, without leaving the city.
You already can imagine that Auckland is much more alive than any other city, because of the people from all over the world. Well-dressed office workers share a Queen Street - the main street of the city - with young students and tourists who make shots of the famous Sky Tower.
Another remarkable feature of my journey is an English language course. I have a full day course, y classes begin at 9:30 in the morning and last up to 16 hours, with one hour break for lunch. I admit that I was scared when I heard about the schedule. I thought: "Why do I need so many classes in one day?" But really everything is great! The teachers are very relaxed and the classes are very easy and funny. Our teacher is very nice and cheerful, and all these facts facilitate my studies so much.
20 hours per week for part-time work
I came to Auckland for an educational program to study English, so I made a student visa that allows me to work for 20 hours por week. That is four hours a day. Everyone says that in New Zealand it is easy to find a job. I have a good news: it's true! The country has many opportunities, and if you came here already with a good level of English you have a good chance! The fact is that the work shouldn’t come knocking at your door, you need to make some efforts yourself looking for a job on different websites and in newspapers. It took me less than two weeks from the date of my arrival to find a job!
Another interesting moment in Auckland life is to find an accomodation. When you are booking the course, you can choose the type of accommodation: to rent an apartment or to live in a family (homestay). You also can choose the duration of your stay in each place. In my case I chose one week in a family and during this time I was looking for an apartment to rent. Rental prices range vary from 180 to 250 NZD NZD (including hot water, electricity and Internet). Usually it’s more cheap to rent a flat a bit more far from the city center. You can also share the house with other people, this way of life is very common here.
Simplicity and politeness
But most of all I was impressed how easy and clearly the locals deal with everyday problems. As soon as I arrived, I had to choose a mobile operator and a tariff to use an Internet. I was surprised with a service in the store. The vendors were friendly from the beginning to the end of my purchase, helped me to connect to the mobile operator, and only after all the help said goodbye to me. For those have recently arrived in a foreign country with a foreign language, any response and help from the people is always valuable. You will agree with me when you arrive!