Geysa grew up in Bela Horizonte, the third capital of Brazil. She lives in the Statenkwartier in The Hague. Geysa:
'When I first came to the Netherlands I knew nothing about the country. I was completely confused. In our family we spoke Portuguese and German - and now Dutch as well. I took language courses straight away and tried as much as possible to get into contact with people. Apart from the social aspect, it is a great way to learn the language.'
On 15 December, Geysa was granted Dutch nationality in the city hall of The Hague. 'I was surprised to find that a party had been organised, including drinks, music and a speech from the city councillor. This is a very good thing.'
Geysa has fully found her way in The Hague. 'The city is safe, I can go outside on my bike. That was quite different in Brazil, where I did everything by car. Shops, culture, the park, everything you need is right here. In my experience, the Dutch are sympathetic towards foreigners. The people here are open and flexible - I truly feel at home in The Hague.'