The World is there for you to discover – Venite Vilmont

Venite Vilmont

What’s your name?

My name is Venite Vilmont

Which is your country?

I am from Haiti, born and raised. I lived for some time in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to Canada 3 years ago.

We understand you’ve travelled outside your country of origin. What was the attraction?

I decided to immigrate to Canada because it was the easiest for me at this time. I have some family in the US but the process to go there and build a life legitimately is too complicated. I applied for the Canadian Experience Class because I had a degree from a Canadian University in the past. What attracted me was the quality of life and the fact that the process to immigrate is not too complicated.

Could you compare the various countries you visited to your home country?

One thing that I really can not compare is the way I feel when I am in my home country. No matter how things are going on there, Haiti is the only country that makes my heart beat. In terms of economic development, employment and business opportunities, quality of life, my country can not be compared to either one of the countries that I travelled to because the situation is bad and in almost every aspect but at the same time, Haiti has some hidden and natural treasures that are not well known. I am fortunate to have travelled a lot in the countryside and enjoy them. Unfortunately, those places are never shown in the media, because the focus is kept on the Port-au-Prince, the capital.

If you have another opportunity, would you still go?

Sure. In a heart beat.

What have you learned?

Being an immigrant is not easy. Specially for a single parent. It took me some time to really adapt to my new life although I lived here in the past as a student. One of the biggest lessons I learned is to always do your own research. There is a lot of information and opportunity out there, but you have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone to find them.

Would you advice other people to travel out of their countries? Why?

Yes. Not only to immigrate but to discover the world, learn about other cultures, make new friends. Because the world is out there for you to discover and believe me it’s worth it.

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