My name is Ute Zweers
Born in 1980 in a small town in Germany, near the german-dutch border. Father dutch, mother german. I was always confonted with borders, passing these borders, differences in cultures and overcoming these differences. Fascinated by the European idea of uniting countries, I am devoted to openess and tolerance between different nations, cultures and integrating new people.
My way to include
I came to Switzerland from Germany for an internship while I was still a student - and stayed. The transition back then was smooth. I was unattached, had hardly any obligations and initially my stay was planned for 6 months. But I stayed. Every now and then I thought about going back, but I felt more and more comfortable, found my partner and had two children.
Nevertheless, the beginning was not easy. What banks are there, what do I need to open an account? What do the health insurance companies offer? Do I need additional insurance? How do retirement provisions and the social security system work? Uncertainties kept cropping up. I often asked myself how far my contacts were not advising me out of self-interest in order to receive a commission.
Social integration also proved difficult. Although Switzerland is in the heart of Europe and right next to Germany, it is a different country. So I learned to empathise with this country, which actually consists of so many different sub-countries. I learned something new in every region I lived in. 15 years later, I have the feeling that I know Switzerland, its people, its politics and its culture better than many Swiss.
But the story is not over. We are on our way to a new adventure. A move to France is on the cards, to the border triangle of Basel. This time as a family. No longer so easy and carefree. Because there are important questions that no longer only concern me, but my children, our family. The responsibility to make the right decisions this time is heavier.
What does the school system look like? What options do I have? Which offices do I contact for information and registration? Which internet providers are there, which television providers? How does the social security system work and what makes people and the region tick?
And again something begins that I had long since repressed, the meticulous research into what makes this country tick. What do we have to do to arrive there and feel at home?
Again, I lack contact persons - the neutral ones who answer my questions or look for answers for me. This is where I come in. I want to make it easier for you to find your way in your new life. If you want to be accompanied on the way or only on a part of the way, you are welcome to contact me. I will be happy to put together an individual offer for you.
During an initial free consultation we will get to know each other and find out what you need and how I can help you.