“Here you arrive, you work a couple of months to be able to buy a car and go out and explore”, says a Comodorense in Australia – ADNSUR – She arrived a few years ago with a temporary work visa and the expectations of traveling and exploring. “At some point my head clicked and I kept staying,” admits Sofía. Value security – financial and personal

Sofía Mazquiarán is a lawyer, but she practiced for a short time. It is that, once she had received it, she knew that she wanted to repeat the experience she had when she was studying, of traveling with a Working Holiday visa and living for a while in New Zealand, although this time, the destination would be Australia. She hears her story in this episode of “Commodoreans around the World”the ADNSUR podcast.

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"Here you arrive, you work a couple of months to be able to buy a car and go out"tells a Comodorense in Australia

“I came here 5 years ago, then I left for a whole year to travel… then I came back and stayed,” he says, and remembers that the idea of ​​traveling came about when a brochure on Working Holiday visas fell into his hands while he was studying. “In 2013 I went to New Zealand, I returned to Argentina for 3 years to finish my degree and I started traveling… and I don’t know when my head clicked and without a big decision in between I ended up staying“.

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Manly, Australia

Installed in Manly, north of Sydney, she remembers that when she arrived she had no problem finding temporary jobs and that making ends meet was never a concern due to the high level of wages, even in the most basic jobs.

“Here I did everything, I started like the majority, we come with a much more head to travel and get to know… Like most of those who come for this visa, the idea is not to get a stable job, but to work on whatever comes up, get some money and start moving to get to know”.

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"Here you arrive, you work a couple of months to be able to buy a car and go out"tells a Comodorense in Australia

He says that the usual thing is to work for a few months, buy a used car and travel the country.

Here with working a couple of months you buy a carused, in very good condition”, she assures, and mentions that she worked as a “waitress, cleaning, nanny, everything, they are like the classic jobs for which we come with those visas”. But even with those jobs, which would seem so basic, it is possible to quickly save money.

"Here you arrive, you work a couple of months to be able to buy a car and go out"tells a Comodorense in Australia

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“If you work three months in a row, you buy a car and you can go travel for a couple of months, with your car and a little savings,” he says.

Something like that is what she did in the early days in Australia, and mentions that “salaries are very highI’m still surprised after four years, and they allow you to work and enjoy a lot”

"Here you arrive, you work a couple of months to be able to buy a car and go out"tells a Comodorense in Australia

Economic security “gives you to work in any position, from someone who works in a cafe as a waiter or graphic designer with a full-time contract, those people have a very similar salary range, so you live a good life, no matter what you do, money will reach you“, he remarks. In any case, he clarifies that his vision is that of the traveler, or that of a single person, “not that of someone who must support his entire family, children, send them to school,” and so on.

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Although economic stability is not a problem, “there comes a time when you depend a lot on the visa, Australian visas are very difficult, they have a points system in which only those who are highly qualified can stay covering a field in which the Government considers that there is a demand”

"Here you arrive, you work a couple of months to be able to buy a car and go out"tells a Comodorense in Australia

In addition to the fact that “money ceases to be a problem” there, Sofía values ​​”extreme security: You can really leave your cell phone on the beach and get into the water, they won’t steal it”.

He recognizes that “as in the whole world, you can have bad experiences, but as a woman you can go to take a bus alone at 3 in the morning with your bag hanging and your cell phone in your hand without fear, the security that exists in Australia is very great”.

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"Here you arrive, you work a couple of months to be able to buy a car and go out"tells a Comodorense in Australia

But at the same time, there are things that you can’t get used to, like having to deal with a language that is not “the one of the heart”as she says, and that does not allow her to express herself with the passion that she would in Spanish.

“You can speak very well English but you don’t finish grabbing the click to sit at a table with 15 Australians and be able to talk at their level,” he says, while mentioning that there is “a very large community of Latinos” there. Perhaps because everyone needs, at the end of the day, to be able to let the emotions in a language that is not reasoned, and simply springs from the heart.

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"Here you arrive, you work a couple of months to be able to buy a car and go out"tells a Comodorense in Australia

“Having your family living a couple of blocks away, taking the car to go visit someone, those things don’t happen here… speak your language, express the conversation at the table with passion, finish eating and stay chatting “, he lists among the things he misses the most – in addition to family and affections – along with breakfast bills and empanadas.

Hear her story in this episode of “Commodoreans around the World”the ADNSUR podcast.

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