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First Female in the Family to Move Abroad with Reina

First Female in the Family to Move Abroad with Reina

February 11, 2021

Season 5, Episode 6. So many of us move abroad without knowing anyone else who's done a big move like that. We struggle to find expat role models at the beginning, and usually end up with authors, characters, or friends as role models.

Reina was the first female in her tight-knit family to move abroad. It was hard to break the news to her family, and when she was adjusting to life in her new home in New Zealand, she faced serious withdrawal, going from constant family time to being a 26-hour flight away.

But in moving abroad to pursue her dream job in motion pictures, Reina became the role model she didn't have. She inspired others in her family to dream big, just like she had.

 

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TikTok, Glühwein, & Finding Independence in Hamburg with Hannah Teslin

TikTok, Glühwein, & Finding Independence in Hamburg with Hannah Teslin

January 7, 2021

Season 5, Episode 1. It's the season 5 premier!

After a couple months off to recoup, The Expat Cast is back with a new website and a fantastic guest to kick things off: Hannah from Travels by Teslin. The two talked in mid-December 2020 while Hannah was quarantining in her home country of Canada.

Hannah has been living in Hamburg, Germany for 7 years now. Her move was inspired by love, but even when that relationship ended, she had plenty of reasons to stay. She has a thriving career, manages a ton of social meet-up groups, runs fantastic Instagram and TikTok accounts, and even went viral with her Glühwein map of Hamburg!

For more, head on over to the blog.

 

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Started from the Bottom with Mari

Started from the Bottom with Mari

August 13, 2020

Season 4, Episode 20. Moving abroad means starting completely over from scratch. Career, friendships, belongings, culture, language - all of these things are gone or nearly gone when you move abroad. Yet somehow, at some point, expats/immigrants climb their way to the top and establish a life for themselves in all of these sectors.

Mari is from Indiana, USA and moved to Germany. Not only does she have her own story of how she started from the bottom; she also shares the story of her mother, who moved from Peru to the USA.

Mari's family offers a slew of expat role models, which inspired the episode Expat Role Models.

 

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She recommends the musician/comedian Victor Borge

Visit her website for information about her book, "The God Queen"

On YouTube @MLTishner

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The Relocation Industry with Sheanne

The Relocation Industry with Sheanne

June 11, 2020

Season 4, Episode 11. For DIY expats like your host, Nicole, the world of the relocatoin industry is truly magical. For expats who move for jobs, this topic might be more familiar.

Sheanne works in the relocation industry, and she gives insider information on how to maximize your relocation package.

 

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Listen to her podcast, Migrant Mama in Australia

 

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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.

Listen to the This American Life episode "The Show of Delights"

Check out the blog post about this episode.

 

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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. 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

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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. 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.

 

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My Expat Story with Your Host, Nicole

My Expat Story with Your Host, Nicole

September 26, 2019

Season 3, Episode 7. It's time to get to know your host! This episode, there's no guest - just me, Nicole, the lady behind the podcast. I tell my expat story, from my first experience abroad to today. I discuss how I left my heart in Italy, my long-distance relationship, my career as a librarian, and how I made the move to Germany in terms of career, visa, and cultural adjustment.

 

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Long-Distance Relationships

The First Few Months

Prepping for a Job Hunt in Germany

Information about Bundesfreiwilligendienst

Adam Fletcher writes hilarious and helpful books about being a foreigner in Germany

 

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Moving Abroad with Teenagers with Linda

Moving Abroad with Teenagers with Linda

September 12, 2019

Season 3, Episode 5. Linda Kerr grew up as a Third Culture Kid and is now a "trailing spouse" or expat partner. That means she's experienced living abroad during various stages of life - but now, she's doing something totally new. She is living abroad in Germany with her husband and their two teenagers.

Linda explains how she's made moving to Europe work with a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old. Although it's not always easy, Linda's family has embraced their 3-year stay in Germany as a chance to make history come to life by visiting the cities that their kids are learning about in history class.

 

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Ask the Expat with Stacey

Ask the Expat with Stacey

July 11, 2019

Season 2, Episode 25. Welcome to the Season 2 finale episode! To celebrate 50 episodes, 10,000 downloads, and 1 year of podcasting, we've called up a good friend to answer listener questions and quandaries in a brand new format called Ask the Expat. We give our best go at answering questions sent to us from expats all over.

For a full list of questions and resources mentioned in the episode, click here.

We'll be back with season 3 soon. Keep your eyes on social media and stay subscribed to get updated about when the next season will hit your feeds.

 

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Stereotypes and Misconceptions with Tatjana

Stereotypes and Misconceptions with Tatjana

June 13, 2019

Season 2, Episode 21. Tatjana is a Berliner who chose a profession in tourism in order to enable her to live all over the world - which she has, with stints in The Netherlands, England, The United Arab Emirates, and India.

Tatjana discusses what stereotypes and misconceptions she has encountered in her various experiences as an expat, including both ones that have been directed towards her as an expat and ones that have been directed toward the country she calls home. She also shares how she's incorporated her German culture into her life in India with her Chinese-Indian husband and their young daughter.

 

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You Are Where You Live with Mark

You Are Where You Live with Mark

June 6, 2019

Season 2, Episode 20. Today's guest is celebrating three decades of life abroad! Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Mark Baker's studies in journalism and Eastern European international relations took him to Vienna, Austria in the late 1980s. Little did he know that the Iron Curtain would fall just as he was settling in, changing his life - and the world - forever.

Mark's writing career took him to Prague, Czech Republic, and now, he's an accomplished travel writer. Mark's got years of hard-earned wisdom, and I'm glad he's shared them with us. Read them here.

 

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On his website, Mark Baker Prague

Check out his article about Youngstown that caught Lonely Planet's eye

Check out his 3-part article about the early days in Vienna

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Unemployment in Germany with Jeremy

Unemployment in Germany with Jeremy

April 4, 2019

Season 2, Episode 11. In this episode, we learn what it's been like for our guest, Jeremy, to be unemployed in Germany. Jeremy moved here for a two- to three-year work contract that recently ended. He tells us how he's been navigating the immigration and unemployment offices. Plus, we discuss how the social support he's been given in Germany has altered his approach to the job hunt in general.

 

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The Beauty of Community with Berly

The Beauty of Community with Berly

March 14, 2019

Season 2, Episode 8. Today's guest turned an existential crisis in Boston into a thriving non-profit in Nicaragua. How the heck did that happen? Welcome to the fascinating life of Berly. Now living in Freiburg, Germany while she completes her Masters degree in Global Studies, Berly has traveled the globe and lived in a variety of countries.

Through her personal experience as well as her experience in her non-profit, Berly has learned that the most important thing is community. It was only after being inspired by people she'd met that Berly considered traveling the world, and it was thanks to a group of encouraging, like-minded friends that Berly took the leap & started her non-profit, Women's Worth Inc - which hosts soft and hard skill seminars for women in the informal economy in Nicaragua, which, in turn, has inspired a strong community among the women involved in the Women's Worth trainings and programs.

As her story beautifully exemplifies, community can become circular in nature, and it sometimes takes a single person's example to start a wonderful cycle of giving and receiving help and support.

 

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Women's Worth, Inc.'s website

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From Army to Expat with Kris

From Army to Expat with Kris

December 20, 2018

Season 1, Episode 25. "The things that I'm worried about now are more future tense."

Floridian Kris enrolled in the US Army in part because he was eager to travel, and he was happy to find himself stationed in Germany between missions. After two years of getting to know the German culture, Kris decided to learn the language, too, and shortly after his time in the military ended, Kris decided to call Germany his home forever. He shares with us how he came to that decision and what it is about Germany that he loves so much.

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A Plethora of Resources for Living in Germany with James

A Plethora of Resources for Living in Germany with James

December 6, 2018

Season 1, Episode 23. When host Nicole was preparing to move to Germany, one of the websites she frequented was Live Work Germany. It seems like they've got a resource guide for every bump in the road of moving to Germany, from registering your address to navigating a foreign qualification recognition process - all up-to-date, all in English. As a librarian who loves a good resource, Nicole has long been a huge fan. So it was an honor to sit down with the man behind it all, James!

James moved to Germany from England 12 years ago for a job after studying the language in university. He didn't expect to find a new home to the extent that he did. Lucky for us all, his career evolution led him to launch a website and blog to help other expats and want-to-be expats figure out the practicalities of moving to Germany. He also chats with us about his new service, where users can send in their German correspondence and get, in English, a short run-down of what they need to do.

 

LIVE WORK GERMANY

Check out all of James' incredibly helpful resources at Live Work Germany

Sign up for James' new German Correspondence service

 

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Expat Partners with Katharina

Expat Partners with Katharina

November 22, 2018

Season 1, Episode 21. What do you call someone who moves to a new country because the person they're in a relationship with got a job offer abroad? A trailing spouse? Bitte nicht! They're an expat partner.

This nuance is vitally important, says our guest, Katharina, of the Share the Love blog. When Katharina agreed to move from Munich to Chicago for her husband's job, she was excited to continue her thriving career in a new country. She was shocked and devastated to realize that getting a job wasn't that easy. Worse still: she was hardly alone.

She interviewed dozens of expat partners, read the research on the topic, and evaluated the statistic. She launched her website and blog to share what she found, and she became a life coach so that she could personally mentor others to regain their confidence in their new life abroad.

 

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Weltschmerz and Culture Shock with Tanya

Weltschmerz and Culture Shock with Tanya

November 8, 2018

Season 1, Episode 19. Have you ever felt completely fatigued, your energy fully spent, not because of anything in your personal life but rather because of the world at large? Welcome to the feeling of Weltschmerz, one of those wonderfully untranslatable German words, which combines the words Welt, or world, with schmerz, or pain, to create: worldpain.

Many of us, expat or not, have felt this over the last couple of years, and in honor of recent violent attacks in America & the US Midterm Election 2018, The Expat Cast sits down with Tanya Dantus, fellow expat and therapist. We chat about how current events effect us as expats and how psychotherapy can be hugely helpful in dealing with tough situations, political or otherwise. 

Tanya has a ton of helpful tips for finding a therapist in Germany, which can be found here.

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Prepping for a Job Hunt in Germany with Nicole

Prepping for a Job Hunt in Germany with Nicole

October 25, 2018

Season 1, Episode 17. It's hard enough to find a job in Germany, but the process of getting all the paperwork needed to finalize a job offer can be an unexpected headache and financial strain. Nicole shares her experience with what paperwork she needed to get a full-time job in her field in Germany.

For a full list of resources, check out the blog post here.

 

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Napster Broke the Music Industry - Now What? with Reggie, Continued

Napster Broke the Music Industry - Now What? with Reggie, Continued

September 27, 2018

Season 1, Episode 13. In the second half of our interview with Reggie, we dig deeper into how his background in rap and hip hop influenced his expectations for Germany.

Why are there kids mindlessly dancing, backs to each other, to Usher in a Freiburg club, when Reggie knew from working with Usher that the whole point of his music was to bring people together? What's the point of going to a club if there's no chance that Destiny's Child might show up?

And, in an Expat Cast first, Reggie helps us wrap up the episode with some original freestyle rapping!

 

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Napster Broke the Music Industry - Now What? with Reggie

Napster Broke the Music Industry - Now What? with Reggie

September 20, 2018

Season 1, Episode 12. Reggie was enjoying an exciting career in the music industry when Napster came along. Quickly, the industry as he knew it fell apart. So Reggie moved abroad.

With minimal research or planning, he flew into Frankfurt, Germany and let the adventure begin. Reggie shares his story with listeners, including how American foreign policy influenced his decision, and what hanging out with Jehovah's Witness groups taught him about the German people. 

 

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International Student with Bahar

International Student with Bahar

August 30, 2018

Season 1, Episode 9. Bahar got a taste for the relaxed German lifestyle on a short visit to a village that left her hungry for more. She'd studied English language and literature in Istanbul, so when she heard of an English-language Masters in British and North American Studies in Freiburg, it was a no-brainer to apply.

Bahar talks us through her experience getting a student visa in Germany as a Turkish citizen, including what bank account she needed and how a 2017 law introducing fees for international students impacted her program. Now approaching the end of her program, Bahar reflects on her experience throughout the program, discusses her research interest on immigrant identity, and shares her ideas about what she'll do after graduation.

 

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Newlyweds Abroad, Part 2, with Danielle

Newlyweds Abroad, Part 2, with Danielle

August 9, 2018

Season 1, Episode 6. In part 2 of a 2-part series, The Expat Cast sits down with wife-and-husband duo, Danielle Tirado Green and Alex Green Tirado. The couple moved to Germany just months after marrying.

For Danielle, the move was inspired by her love for post-war French cinema. Her desire to complement her close relationship with French language and culture with knowledge of German language and culture led her to seek out work teaching English abroad in western Germany. Over the year the newlywed couple has spent in Germany, they've hopped from Air B&B to Air B&B and apartment to apartment, yet always landed with a sense of gratitude and optimism.

Now as they prepare to move to England, Danielle reminisces on how the cost of living and strong social support systems in Germany have her thinking about returning in a few years. We reflect on what it is like to be an American living abroad in the Trump presidency, feminism abroad, and the need for community and togetherness in an increasingly tribalist time.

 

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Newlyweds Abroad, Part 1, with Alex

Newlyweds Abroad, Part 1, with Alex

August 2, 2018

Season 1, Episode 5. In part 1 of a 2-part series, The Expat Cast sits down with wife-and-husband duo, Danielle Tirado Green and Alex Green Tirado. The couple moved to Germany just months after marrying.

For Alex, Germany was country of residence number 5. When Danielle said she wanted to move to Europe after graduating, it was an easy thing for Alex's nomadic heart to say yes to.

Their adventure kicked off with job hunting woes, language barriers, and, in Alex's case, a broken foot. Alex talks us through how they got through the tough first few months as a married couple abroad, their plans for graduate school in England, and what the future holds for the couple as they pursue a lifetime of expat adventures.

 

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Fulbright Program with Dane

Fulbright Program with Dane

July 26, 2018

Season 1, Episode 4. Fulbright Scholar Dane tells us all about his experience in the English Teaching Assistant program. Dane originally heard of Freiburg through friends in college who studied abroad via Academic Year Freiburg, and then again when he was living in Madison, Wisconsin, Freiburg's US sister city. When he applied to Fulbright, he hoped to be placed in the state of Baden-Württemburg, specifically in Freiburg.

As luck would have it, his application was accepted and he was off to the Black Forest for a year of assistant teaching in middle school English classes. He talks us through what the application process was like, what preparations Fulbright provides ETA scholars, and what the job is like now that he's here and settled.

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Teaching English Abroad with Ashley

Teaching English Abroad with Ashley

July 8, 2018

Season 1, Episode 3. We sit down with Ashley Matthäus, who moved to Germany without knowing German and without teaching experience. She was able to start her career as an English as a Foreign Language teacher at language schools that don't require previous experience, then work her way up to the higher paying language schools before becoming the head of the adult language courses at one of the schools.

Ashley shares tips, tricks, and lessons learned along the way, and she also shares how she became fluent in German without formal language courses.

RESOURCES

  • Freiberufliche Visum, or Freelance Visa, info for Berlin (Requirements will be similar across Germany)
  • InLingua and Berlitz, two nation-wide language schools who will hire native speaker teachers without previous experience
  • Learning German online: Rosetta Stone, Busuu, Duo Lingo

 

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