Hi everyone, my name is Silya, I am form Algeria. I moved to the U.S. in 2020 to join my lovely husband.
It has been always hard to start over in a new country, especially when they speak a language that you don’t. So, the language barrier was the major problem for me to start new life in the U.S. What makes it even harder is that I arrived in the middle of this pandemic, when new restrictions were made by the government to stop the spread of the virus.
I was staying at home for five months like a broken bird, my life and my knowledge about daily life in Philly was limited to what my lovely husband knows. I was focused on the fact that I don’t speak fluently.
The Welcoming Center helped me a lot to have a social life, develop skills, get a job that I want, and build friendships with The Welcoming Center team and participants from IPP, ILI and Let’s Talk Phily programs which helped me to overcome the barriers that I faced. They encouraged me, adopted me, and became my family in the U.S.!
From February to April 2021, I was participant at the International Professional Program (IPP) which is a wonderful program offered by The Welcoming Center to promote immigrants’ integration. During this amazing program I learned how to have confidence in myself and how to put my skills in value. I learned that even if I moved to another country, even I speak English with accent, even if I am still learning English to be fluent, I can do what I did before, what I love because, I could be a good fit with my previous experience from France, international background, master’s degree, certifications and the fact that I speak four languages.
Many thanks to Ben Goebel and Janek Kubik for encouraging and assisting me with job readiness skills, resume, cover letter, mock interview, elevator pitch, networking, connections, job search…
Now, I can say that I am flying again, I encourage all immigrants in Philly to join The Welcoming Center community by registering or volunteering to the different programs. Then, we can fly together.