The Expat Cast
To Move or Not To Move: The Expat During a Pandemic Question with Emily

To Move or Not To Move: The Expat During a Pandemic Question with Emily

May 28, 2020

Season 4, Episode 10. When your extended family is split between two countries on two different continents, deciding where to root your own family is not easy. Throw in the complications brought to us by the Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic, and the decision becomes nearly impossible to make.

Many expats make international family relationships work by visiting their family as much as possible and/or hosting family in their country. This was somewhat doable when flights are extremely cheap, like they were the last few years. Now, global travel is all but stopped, and it's unclear when it will be possible to fly internationally again - and when it is, how expensive will tickets be?

Complications like these drastically impact what it means to be an expat. Our guest today, Emily, has a family split between the US and Germany. Emily, her husband, their young daughter, and their pets are based in the States now, but have considered a move to Germany several times. How has the pandemic impacted their ideas, plans, and dreams? How does Emily prioritize choosing a location based on family proximity, on cultural connections, or on socioeconomic situations?

 

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On Instagram @Wenzel.Haus

Referenced in this episode: Second Cheapest Wine skit from College Humor

 

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Travel Germany: Freiburg with Jibran

Travel Germany: Freiburg with Jibran

May 21, 2020

Season 4, Episode 9. With summer approaching amidst a global pandemic, it's unclear if travel will be allowed - and if so, within what limitations. It very well could be that travel is allowed only within your country or region. But that's no reason to be sad. Germany is packed with charming, awe-inspiring locations!

In this new Travel Germany series, we'll be featuring different locations across Germany and interviewing expats who live there about what they love about where they live. With their insider tips and suggestions, you'll have plenty of ideas for when you visit Germany.

To kick it off, we're featuring the home of The Expat Cast: Freiburg. Located in southwest Germany on the edge of the Black Forest, 30 minutes from the Alsace in France and from Switzerland, this corner of the world is full of culture, food, wine, and seemingly endless nature to enjoy.

 

FREIBURG TIPS

Food and Drink: check out the daily farmer's market, the Münstermarkt and eat a Lange Rote, the classic Freiburg sausage; Kastanien Biergarten; Feierling Biergarten & Restaurant; Sichelschmiede Restaurant; Fili Cafe; Cafe Schmidt or Mohrentopf for Black Forest Cake and other sweets; Jesuitenschloss for wine with a view.

Museums and Sites: hike to Schlossbergturm or take the Schlossbergbahn part of the way up; the church in the center of Freiburg is the Münster; visit the Uniseum, Augustiner Museum, Archaeological Museum, and Mundenhof Zoo; hang out at Kanonenplatz and Augustinerplatz

Nature: hike around Schauinsland after taking the gondola up; hike to Saint Valentines for brunch

Day trips: Staufen for vineyards and castle ruins, or Schluchsee or Titisee for a lakeside stroll in the Black Forest; hop over to the Alsace in France to see Colmar, Strasbourg, or Eguisheim, or wander the Wine Route or visit the castle Haut Koenigsbourg

Thermal Baths/Spas: Keidelbad, Titisee, Bad Krozingen, or anywhere in the town Baden-Baden

Festivals: Zelt Musik Festival; Freiburg Christmas Market or Ravennaschlucht Christmas Market; Fasnet/Fastnacht/Karnival in Freiburg or in Elzach

Bookish Things: the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg University Library has unique architecture; shop for books at Rombach or Jos Fritz

 

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On YouTube @DesiInWonderland

 

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When Expat Life Doesn’t Work Out with Brandi

When Expat Life Doesn’t Work Out with Brandi

May 14, 2020

Season 4, Episode 8. Brandi decided to move on from her life in California. She sold most of her things, packed up her cat, and moved to Germany in the heat of summer. It was a one-way-ticket kind of move, an open-ended relocation. She'd start with German courses and go from there.

Nine months later, Brandi was back in the States. Her move started out magically, exactly as she'd imagined it - biking to language course, learning German alongside classmates from around the world, finding her way quickly into a warm community. But somewhere along the way, life in Germany became a struggle beyond what was acceptable.

Brandi is here to share with us how she came to recognize that her expat journey wasn't the story she was hoping for. Her experience was one of too many apartments, of suitcases scattered across a country, of half-job offers and no moment where everything fell into place. Things weren't working out, and her location became more and more vital as a global pandemic began to spread. As life took her in a direction that put expat life on hold, Brandi shares how she made peace with the events via recasting the story of her life in a new lens.

 

CORONAVIRUS TRANSLATION HELP FORM

If you need help translating Coronavirus related local news stories from German - or if you can offer to help translate news stories from German - click here.

 

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On Instagram @girlgoesnomadic

 

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Cross-Cultural Creative Clarity with Ariane

Cross-Cultural Creative Clarity with Ariane

May 7, 2020

Season 4, Episode 7. Ariane left Munich, Germany for Canada when she was a teenager, not realizing it would be a 30-year stay that would change her forever. Now back in Germany with her Canadian-German family, Ariane is a life coach specializing in cross-cultural creative clarity.

Creativity doesn't just have to reference pursuit of an artistic project. Creativity can also be found in how we live our lives - and expats know that well. Because the experience of living in a new country is so far outside the norm, expats have to use their creativity to forge a life that works for them. Ariane discusses how we can locate and own that creativity to live courageously.

 

REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE

The Germany Experience episode "The top 10 grossing German movies"

The Expat Cast season 4 episode "The Introverted Expat"

 

FIND ARIANE

On her website, DerArianeFaden

On Instagram @der_ariane_faden

On LinkedIn under Ariane A. A. Schuessler

 

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Becoming Bilingual with Casey

Becoming Bilingual with Casey

April 30, 2020

Season 4, Episode 6. Learning a new language as an adult is a big challenge, especially compared to learning a new language as a child - but when adults learn a second language, they get to truly experience the process of becoming bilingual.

Nicole and Casey are here to share their highs and lows of language learning. Both gals are Americans who grew up monolingual and scoffed at their attempts to learn a language in high school or college, but moving abroad gave them the motivation to learn German, for real this time. They share their frustrations, freak-outs, failures, and even the occasional success.

Highlights include Nicole inquiring how much it would cost to get her apartment petted, Casey exclaiming her excitement to go to the park to see the - er, male genitalia - and both of them delighting in the German language's descriptive naming tendencies (we're looking at you, River Horse).

If you're interested in tips for learning German, listen to the episode Learning German with Jenny.

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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

Check out Afloat Heidelberg online or on Instagram to join virtual support groups for moms.

If you need help translating Coronavirus related local news stories from German - or if you can offer to help translate news stories from German - click here.

See if you can help create face shields and other in-demand items through a local branch of MakersvsVirus or via Prusa.

Learn about the US Stimulus package for Americans living abroad here, via MyExpatTaxes.

 

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On Instagram @CaseyfromCologne

 

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Creating Home with Julia

Creating Home with Julia

April 23, 2020

Season 4, Episode 5. Expat & life coach Julia inspired me with her blog post, "How to feel at home while you're abroad." Although "home" can seem like it's something that just exists, separate from us, home is actually a feeling created actively by an individual.

But how?

Julia and I map out various strategies that have worked for us to make us feel at home, no matter where we are in the world. We cover creating friendships, building routines, and even decorating your own apartment or house to make it feel more like your own.

One thing we forgot to mention: pets! Especially as we're all spending more time in our own four walls amidst a global pandemic, having a pet to keep you company can make a huge difference. It's no wonder so many expats bring their pets with them when moving abroad!

 

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

Check out Afloat Heidelberg online or on Instagram to join virtual support groups for moms.

If you need help translating Coronavirus related local news stories from German - or if you can offer to help translate news stories from German - click here.

See if you can help create face shields and other in-demand items through a local branch of MakersvsVirus or via Prusa.

Learn about the US Stimulus package for Americans living abroad here, via MyExpatTaxes.

 

FIND JULIA

On her website Yellow Wood Coaching

On LinkedIn @JuliaGutgsell

Read her blog post mentioned in the episode, "How to feel at home while you're abroad"

 

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Community from a Distance with Aspen from AspenAbroad

Community from a Distance with Aspen from AspenAbroad

April 16, 2020

Season 4, Episode 4. Coronavirus is a global pandemic that's got many of us trapped at home. It's tough. Also, it's an absolute blessing.

Not only does being trapped at home likely mean that you're staying healthy and you're helping save other people's lives by not spreading the virus - it also means you have a new opportunity to reconnect with yourself, your friends and family, and your interests.

Aspen and I team up to bring you a podcast/YouTube cross-over to help you find the good in this bad situation. Our status as expats in Germany has given us plenty of practice at maintaining relationships and creating a sense of community from afar, and we share our favorite tricks to feeling connected despite the distance.

 Check out the video of this collaboration on Aspen's YouTube channel here.

 

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

Check out Afloat Heidelberg online or on Instagram to join virtual support groups for moms.

If you need help translating Coronavirus related local news stories from German - or if you can offer to help translate news stories from German - click here.

See if you can help create face shields and other in-demand items through a local branch of MakersvsVirus or via Prusa.

Learn about the US Stimulus package for Americans living abroad here, via MyExpatTaxes.

 

FIND ASPEN

On YouTube at AspenAbroad

On Instagram @Aspen.Abroad

Our last episode together called Moving Abroad or Running Away?

 

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Counseling for Cross-Cultural Relationships with Katie

Counseling for Cross-Cultural Relationships with Katie

April 9, 2020

Season 4, Episode 3. Being in a cross-cultural relationship comes with many strengths and many challenges, especially if one partner moved to a new country and learned a new language to make the relationship work. This week's guest has lots of experience with that, both personally and professionally.

Katie Rössler moved from America to Germany with her husband, and they've now got two small daughters in Munich. Katie experienced plenty of challenges herself, and she brings that first-hand experience into her work as an expat couple's counselor. Working with couples in person and online, through sessions as well as online courses and guides, Katie helps her clients navigate the tricky waters of miscommunications, conflicting expectations, and more.

In the tail end of the episode, we discuss how couples and families can use the lock-down during Coronavirus to their advantage. There are so many memes about how Coronavirus will lead to many babies - and many divorces. But why do we have to go into this thinking of it so negatively? Katie helps us reframe the situation as an opportunity and offers concrete ideas on how to succeed during quarantine.

This episode is a nice complement to the episode Intercultural Relationships.

 

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

If you need help translating Coronavirus related local news stories from German - or if you can offer to help translate news stories from German - click here.

See if you can help create face shields and other in-demand items through a local branch of MakersvsVirus or via Prusa.

Learn about the US Stimulus package for Americans living abroad here, via MyExpatTaxes.

 

FIND KATIE

On her website positive-connections.com

Check out her Courses and Guides including a Family Meeting Guide

 

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The Introverted Expat with Austyn from Expat Hour

The Introverted Expat with Austyn from Expat Hour

April 2, 2020

Season 4, Episode 2. Across Europe and North America, lock-downs to flatten the curve of the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 have led many people to declare it the perfect time to be an introvert. But is it? And what if you're an introvert who lives abroad?

We dive into the topic of introversion as an extrovert with fellow introvert, fellow American living in Europe, and fellow podcaster Austyn from Expat Hour. Although Austyn and Nicole fall on different places on the extrovert/introvert spectrum, we share a love for nights in, the fulfillment of reading a book or watching TV alone, and the joy of missing out, aka JOMO, on social events. We reflect on whether these introverted qualities make expat life easier or harder.

 

FIND AUSTYN

On her podcast @ExpatHour

On Instagram @expathour

 

REFERENCED THIS EPISODE

The book "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"

The Expat Cast episode, "Extroverted Entrepreneurial American Expat"

 

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American Football in Germany with Nick from NALF

American Football in Germany with Nick from NALF

March 26, 2020

Season 4, Episode 1. We're back with season 4! And we're kicking it off by diving into the delightful world of American football in Germany.

Did you know that American football is played in Germany?

I didn't, and neither did today's guest, Nick Alfieri, until he got recruited by the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns. Yes, you read that right, they're called the Unicorns. Yes, it's impossible to say that without smiling.

Nick's from Oregon, and he jumped at the chance to continue his football career after his college football career ended. He brought his other passion with him: film-making. In addition to playing for the Unicorns, Nick documents his experiences on his YouTube channel, and he's even made a documentary about American football in Germany.

Now, he's on The Expat Cast to tell us all about his experience as a Unicorn abroad.

 

FOLLOW NICK

On his YouTube channel @NALF

On Instagram @nalfamale

Watch his video "Is it better to be in Germany or the USA right now?"

 

THIS AMERICAN LIFE

Listen to their episode "The Show of Delights"

 

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Taxes for Expats in Germany with Agnese from Wundertax (Rebroadcast)

Taxes for Expats in Germany with Agnese from Wundertax (Rebroadcast)

March 19, 2020

REBROADCAST (Oct 2019). It's hard enough to be a responsible adult in your home country. When you move abroad, the weight of common adult tasks like filing taxes is compounded. Your oh-so-responsible host, Nicole, has lived in Germany for over 2 years and thusfar had done the oh-so-responsible thing and fully ignored her taxes.

But fear not - Wundertax is here to save her! Nicole gave their German taxes tool a go. It's specifically built for expats in Germany, with a streamlined tool available in a range of languages. She was blown away by the company and their tool, so she teamed up with them to bring this helpful information straight to your ears.

Fellow expat in Germany, Agnese, actually works for Wundertax and comes onto the show to tell us everything we need to know to file our taxes on time, accurately, and painlessly. Agnese busts some tax rumors and shares a slew of tips for what expats specifically should keep an eye out when filing taxes. Like, did you know that your moving expenses might be tax exempt? Or that you actually have years to file your taxes retroactively without being penalized? Also, that rumor that you can declare your language courses? Yeah, that's a total myth!

 

FIND WUNDERTAX

Visit their website, wundertax.de

Check out their expat-specific page, germantaxes.de
On Facebook @GermanTaxes
On Instagram @GermanTaxes.de
On YouTube @Wundertax
On LinkedIn @wundertax-gmbh
On Xing @WunderTax

 Find out who is obligated to file taxes in Germany

 

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Coronavirus and COVID-19 in Germany (with Nicole from The Expat Cast and Steph from Geopats)

Coronavirus and COVID-19 in Germany (with Nicole from The Expat Cast and Steph from Geopats)

March 18, 2020

This is a rebroadcast of an episode of "The Germany Experience," hosted by Shaun near Nuremberg. I call in from Freiburg to chat with Shaun and Steph Fuccio in Berlin of Geopats about our experiences with the COVID-19 outbreak in Germany.

Find The Germany Experience here, and on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Discuss your opinions on this episode in the The Germany Experience Facebook group!

Find Steph at https://www.stephfuccio.com/, on Instagram and on Twitter

Filing US Taxes as an American Expat with Nathalie from MyExpatTaxes (Rebroadcast)

Filing US Taxes as an American Expat with Nathalie from MyExpatTaxes (Rebroadcast)

March 12, 2020

REBROADCAST (Nov 2019). Here at The Expat Cast, we're thankful for taxes. Or at least the services & programs that taxes provide. And we're thankful for people like Nathalie Goldstein, who founded MyExpatTaxes, a company whose software makes filing your US expat taxes fun and cute.

"Fun" and "cute" and "taxes" all in one sentence? Hold your gasps! With the MyExpatTaxes software, it's actually totally true.

Nathalie tells us her story about how her frustrating experience filing taxes as an American after she moved from Silicon Valley to Vienna, Austria inspired her to found the company, and she shares all the tips, tricks, and nuances she's learned about filing US taxes as an American living abroad. This episode is jam-packed with information that can help you avoid common tax filing mistakes among expats - and it includes helpful insights that can help you learn what to expect when filing your taxes after you move abroad.

 

FIND MYEXPATTAXES

Use the promo code EXPATCAST at check out to save 10% on your filing!

Online at myexpattaxes.com

Instagram @myexpattaxes

Facebook @myexpattaxes

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Whatcha Up To?

Whatcha Up To?

January 30, 2020

Season 3, Episode 25. It's the season 3 finale!!!

Thanks to everyone who has made this season of The Expat Cast a smashing success. To celebrate the season wrapping up, I've invited guests from the last 3 seasons to give us an update on where they are now, how things have changed since they last were on the podcast, and what decisions they've been making lately about their expat life.

We'll be back with season 4 at some point in the near(ish) future! Bis dann!

 

FIND THE GUESTS

1. James, from LiveWorkGermany, was on the episode "A Plethora of Resources for Living in Germany"

2. Sixtina, from Six Miles Away, was on the episode "From Pils to Pints to Passport Stamps"

3. Aurora was on the episode "Choosing to Move Back"

4. Riana, from Teaspoon of Adventure, was on the episode "Preparing to Move Abroad"

5. Meg was on the episode "Long-Distance Relationships"

6. Samar was on the episode "The First Few Months"

7. Gyo, from Gyo Monreal, was on the episode "Celebrate Every Little Win"

 

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Getting Married in Germany with Natalie

Getting Married in Germany with Natalie

January 23, 2020

Season 3, Episode 24. Natalie left her home country of the UK and was backpacking in Australia when a handsome German man caught her eye in a hostel. She's a gal who goes for what she wants, so she organized "group trips" with fellow travelers, where she would just happen to be sitting next to Conrad the whole time. The two hit it off immediately. Cue a whirlwind year of traveling together throughout Australia and Asia before moving together to Freiburg, Germany.

When the two got engaged, Natalie had plenty of big dreams for how she wanted her wedding. But quickly, it became apparent that putting on her dream English wedding in Germany wasn't going to so easy. Some things were downright impossible. On top of that, a surprise cancer diagnoses landed Natalie in chemo around the time of the wedding, leading to additional complications, both logistically and emotionally.

Natalie is a force of nature, though, and she didn't let any of this keep her from putting on a unique wedding that had her fingerprints all over it. We discuss how she settled on her wedding venue in the Black Forest, the challenge of finding a wedding videographer, and the different wedding formats offered in Germany.

 

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Translating German Genealogical Documents with Katie

Translating German Genealogical Documents with Katie

January 16, 2020

Season 3, Episode 23. After I had Katie on as a guest for the episode called Intercultural Relationships, I knew I had to have her on again to talk about her day job. Katie spends her days deciphering and translating old German handwriting from different genealogical documents. 

Individuals researching their German ancestry - or individuals who just stumble across their great-great-grandma's diary - come to Katie to bring these original documents back to life. German experienced a handwriting reform just last century, but already it's hard to find people who can still read the old font, especially when it's handwritten. With her fluency in German, her knowledge of old German terms, and her specialization in reading the old handwriting, Katie's job lets her dive into the colorful personal histories of people who lived years, decades, and even centuries ago.

In the episode, Katie and I geek out about two TV shows: Outlander (available on Netflix) and Finding Your Roots (from PBS).

 

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Online at SK Translations

Take her course on German handwriting

Read her book, Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting

 

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American Pride with Zoe

American Pride with Zoe

January 9, 2020

Season 3, Episode 22. There are an estimated 9 million Americans living abroad. If you asked each one of them how they feel about being American, you'd probably get 9 million unique answers. While we can't ask every single person how they feel, we can - and have! - asked two, and this week, we talk to Zoe, a native Philadelphian who returned to the city after various experiences living and traveling abroad.

Zoe is one of Nicole's oldest and closest friends. They go back 20 years, and it was no surprise to Nicole when Zoe decided to move to France, because Zoe always was on her own unique path. However, it was a surprise when, after her second year in France, Zoe decided to move back to the US - not just temporarily, but permanently. Or, semi-permanently. Zoe has since spent 3 months in South America and 7 in Asia, but now, she goes abroad to travel. Her home is Philadelphia. She comes on the show to explain how confronting opinions about American culture around the globe made her more proud to be an American.

This is the second part in a two-part series about American expats reflecting on their American identity. Last week, we talked about American Shame with Gabe.

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American Shame with Gabe

American Shame with Gabe

January 2, 2020

Season 3, Episode 21. There are an estimated 9 million Americans living abroad. If you asked each one of them how they feel about being American, you'd probably get 9 million unique answers. While we can't ask every single person how they feel, we can - and have! - asked two, and this week, we talk to Gabe, a native South Carolinian living in Amsterdam.

Gabe feels a deep sense of shame about being an American. Since moving to Europe, he's become disillusioned about numerous aspects of American history, culture, and identity. In fact, his shame is so deep that he learned accentless Dutch and fully integrated into Dutch life just to avoid being identified as American. Gabe shares with us what his journey of moving abroad was like, and how he got to this place of shame about his heritage.

Next week, we'll hear someone who feels the exact opposite in an episode called American Pride.

 

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FEGEPADFO Is Over!

FEGEPADFO Is Over!

January 1, 2020

FEGEPADFO. Is that another one of those famous, long, confusing German words?

Nein!

It's short for the First Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Advent Donation Face Off.

The Expat Cast is competing against Expat Life Germany to see who can get more donations to their charity of choice over this Advent season. You can participate by donating to either one of their charities - or both!

 

UPDATE: FEGEPADFO is over! We are blown away to say we've raised a total of 350 Euros for our charities of choice. Thank you to everyone who participated, and have a wonderful start to 2020!

 

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The Expat Cast's charity of choice: Women's Worth Inc

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Christmas in Germany v. Christmas in America with Christin

Christmas in Germany v. Christmas in America with Christin

December 26, 2019

Season 3, Episode 20. Another Christmas season in the books! But we’re not ready to stop celebrating yet, so let’s extend the joy and magic a little longer by comparing and contrasting Christmas traditions in the US and Germany.

Nicole grew up in the US and moved to Germany in her mid-20s, and Christin grew up in Germany and moved to the US in her mid-20s. They both pull from their childhood as well as their years in their new home countries to swap stories about how the holidays are in both countries.

Do you know about the Christmas Pickle? Have you ever accidentally set an advent wreath on fire? When you think about a nice hot, alcoholic beverage, do you think about eggnog or about Gluehwein? We discuss and giggle about all this and more!

 

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On Instagram @thisgermanamericanlife

Her bread company's Instagram @littlebreadfactory

Her bread company's website littlebreadfactory.com

 
 

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4. Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

4. Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

December 22, 2019

FEGEPADFO. Is that another one of those famous, long, confusing German words?

Nein!

It's short for the First Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Advent Donation Face Off.

The Expat Cast is competing against Expat Life Germany to see who can get more donations to their charity of choice over this Advent season. You can participate by donating to either one of their charities - or both!

 

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The Expat Cast's charity of choice: Women's Worth Inc

Expat Life Germany's charity of Choice: Lebenshilfe

 

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The Beauty of Community with Berly - Rebroadcast

The Beauty of Community with Berly - Rebroadcast

December 19, 2019

Season 3, Episode 19. This is a rebroadcast of Season 2, Episode 8 from March 2019. It’s being re-released in honor of FEGEPADFO, or the First Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Advent Donation Face Off. The guest on the episode is Berly, one of the founders of Women’s Worth Inc., which is my charity of choice for FEGEPADFO.

Listen to hear how Berly’s came to the idea to found Women’s Worth, as well as stories of who the people are that this charity helps. I hope that after listening, you’ll be inspired to take a couple minutes to donate to Women’s Worth in celebration of FEGEPADFO. They are an incredible organization that give such vital help to local communities in Nicaragua.

Donations are accepted in US Dollars via Pay Pal, so it’s super easy to donate, no matter where you are in the world or what currency you use. Here’s how you can donate.

 

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Women's Worth, Inc.'s website

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3 Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

3 Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

December 15, 2019

FEGEPADFO. Is that another one of those famous, long, confusing German words?

Nein!

It's short for the First Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Advent Donation Face Off.

The Expat Cast is competing against Expat Life Germany to see who can get more donations to their charity of choice over this Advent season. You can participate by donating to either one of their charities - or both!

 

MORE INFORMATION

expatlifegermany.de/charity

The Expat Cast's charity of choice: Women's Worth Inc

Expat Life Germany's charity of Choice: Lebenshilfe

 

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Apprenticeships in Germany with Shanon and Michael

Apprenticeships in Germany with Shanon and Michael

December 12, 2019

Season 3, Episode 18. Germany is famous around the globe for their apprenticeship program, or Ausbildung. Did you know that foreigners are also eligible to do an apprenticeship in Germany?

We talk to two Americans doing apprenticeships in Germany, one in beer brewing and the other in pottery. In their apprenticeship programs, they spend a set number of weeks at a school, complete with dorm rooms and a cafeteria, and the rest of their time they spend doing hands-on work under a master of their trade. This provides an optimal blend of theoretic knowledge and practical experience. The best part? During the whole three-year program, they get a salary! It’s not much, but it’s livable!

They explain to us how they got their positions, what it’s like doing an apprenticeship as foreigners in their late 20s, and what opportunities will be available to them upon completing their programs.

 

FEGEPADFO.

It's short for the First Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Advent Donation Face Off.

More information: expatlifegermany.de/charity

The Expat Cast's charity of choice: Women's Worth Inc

Expat Life Germany's charity of Choice: Lebenshilfe

 

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2 Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

2 Advent: #FEGEPADFO Update

December 8, 2019

FEGEPADFO. Is that another one of those famous, long, confusing German words?

Nein!

It's short for the First Ever Germany Expat Podcasters Advent Donation Face Off.

The Expat Cast is competing against Expat Life Germany to see who can get more donations to their charity of choice over this Advent season. You can participate by donating to either one of their charities - or both!

 

MORE INFORMATION

expatlifegermany.de/charity

The Expat Cast's charity of choice: Women's Worth Inc

Expat Life Germany's charity of Choice: Lebenshilfe

 

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