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Kate Malcolm



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COVID-19 | Raquel from Portugal

The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to people around the world. The ways in which it has affected individuals and families are countless; but one way is leaving Canada’s international newcomers isolated, unsupported, and in a state of complete unknown. This episode’s guest, Raquel Dias, arrived in Toronto one month before the pandemic announcement. With her Embassy telling her to flee back to Portugal before borders shut, she decided to stay and has since found a job and settled here against all odds. We discuss how the pandemic has been both her biggest struggle and biggest win; and she offers us a refreshing, much-needed, optimistic outlook for the days ahead. You don’t want to miss: All about Portimão, Portugal, dealing with all those pale British tourists(!), and the differences between the Spanish and Portuguese people. The logistics of a multicultural relationship: How Raquel (Portuguese) speaks Spanish with her Italian boyfriend! Her experience leaving +20°c in Portugal and arriving 24 hours later to -20°c in Toronto. Some top tips for applying for jobs and making new friends virtually during a global pandemic. A huge dose of much-needed positivity and an optimistic outlook for 2021.   PLUS, a surprise poetry reading! Raquel shares her touching Portuguese poem about homesickness and its conflicting messages. Links & Resources: Check out Raquel’s website: Follow Raquel on Instagram: @raqueeeeeldias Download my 50 free tips from newcomers to Canada: What they wish they knew before they moved! Follow me on Instagram: @TheNewcomerCollective For more about us and what we do, check out our website: Raquel’s poem “v de volition”: há uma voz perdida na multidão  uma voz que resgata a saudade e sussurra vem ou seria vai ?   Make sure you hit SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss out on any of our inspiring interviews and valuable ‘life in Canada’ lessons. And, if you enjoyed this episode, please let us know by leaving a review - Until next week!

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