Updated: Aug 20
In this section of our blog we like to share stories of Colombians Living in New Zealand. We had a fun interview with Karen Alvarado from CWorld, here you can read her story:
¿Who is Karen Alvarado and from What part fo Colombia?
I am from Popayan, a city in Colombia very close to Cali, but all my high school I lived in Ipiales border with Ecuador due to my father's job. I graduated in Business Administrator and Project Management from El Bosque University in Bogota. I am a happy mum of two little kiwi boys (Samuel and Nicolas 2 and 4 years) and I live in New Zealand with my husband (Colombian) since 9 years ago.
Tell us a bit about your story:
I came to study English for 7 months, studied a Diploma in management and worked as a general manager for 4 years in Mexican restaurants, and thanks to this job I learned about the visa processes and the needs that all students had when they want to extend their visa (cost, quality, times) all the time I was surrounded of students and their greatest wish was to extend their visa to continue in this beautiful country. I discovered that I had this ability knowing and understand visa process and then Cworld agency born as a company that not only helps to extend student visas and bring students, also to be a support for all people who want to know different experiences. We try to make them feel us like a family. I currently own CWorld where we have an office in Auckland and Bogota, and also We make all procedures for student visas, residence, work, visitor visas, with a great team of immigration advisers. In my free time, I do some manage of my husband's company where today he has 22 employees. I love my work I love helping people and helping them in their process because I know all the feelings presented in this beautiful journey with full of learning in the life of an immigrant.
¿What Colombian Food you miss the most?
Sanchocho (chicken soup as we said to the kiwis), pan de bono, tostacos, ponque gala and chocorramos
¿What products from our Store you like?
Tienda Colombiana is our blessing thanks to this great team for bringing our products giving to our children the opportunity of know a little more of our flavour and culture. In my house always there is harina pan is my husband's favourite. Pony malta for my youngest son Nicolas, Frunas for my son Samuel and for me Cocosette and now I am addicted to the new product Snacks mix
¿Any advise you want to share with Colombians who want to study in New Zealand?
Yes, DO NOT STOP DREAMING and save money sometimes We believe that the dream of learning a new language in another country is very expensive or impossible for some but the reality is: if they find a good and professional agency students can have cheap prices and fulfil the goal and dream saving a little less.
If you are thinking of living this experience, do not hesitate, it is an experience that helps you grow and become a better person. Without a doubt, living this experience allows you to discover new cultures, places and discover the true strengths that we have.
Come ready to live a different experience and with faith so for sure everything turns out perfect. by last, each person has different experience and the true is that New Zealand is a beautiful country and is a good decision to live , let yourself be guided by the heart and intuition, if people come with a lot of positivity and a lot of desire and dreams they will surely have the best experience of their lives. Cworld is your friendly agency professional, always be willing to give the best option
Where to contact you if someone is interested on more info about your Agency Cworld?
If you are interested in study or extend Visa in New Zealand, you can contact Karen Alvarado: +642040451188
Thanks for reading!
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