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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, leaving behind a great job for a life in a country where she couldn't speak the language; and she shares the story of her uncle, who was an engineer who moved to the USA to find job opportunities, and ended up working in McDonald's, where he walked to work while saving up for a car.

 

Mari's family offers a slew of expat role models, and hearing their stories helps remind all of us that we can make this life work if we just persist.

 

FIND MARI

She recommends the musician/comedian Victor Borge

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

Watch her YouTube channel Adventures of la Mari, @MLTishner

On Instagram @MLTishner

 

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The Relocation Industry with Sheanne

The Relocation Industry with Sheanne

June 11, 2020

Season 4, Episode 11. Are you an American abroad? Are you an expat who has nothing to do with America? What do you want out of The Expat Cast during the George Floyd protests in America? Do you have something to contribute to the wider conversation about race or about American expats' role during this moment? Reach out to The Expat Cast on social media or email to share your thoughts.

In the mean time, this episode is here to offer you an escape into another world - specifically, the world of the relocation industry. For DIY expats like your host, Nicole, this is a magical world where lots of challenging things are taken care of for you. For expats who move for jobs, this topic might be more familiar, in which case, tune in for tips from someone who works in the industry on how to maximize your relocation package.

 

FIND SHEANNE

Online at MigrantMamainAustralia.com

On Instagram @MigrantMamaAU

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.

 

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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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).

 

FIND KATIE

Online at SK Translations

Take her course on German handwriting

Read her book, Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting

 

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I just did a bunch of research to choose my first-ever German credit card, and I ended up choosing N26. I set up my account entirely online in minutes, received my card earlier than anticipated, & now I can manage my credit card in a super sleek, English language app. It was incredibly easy & now I have something to use on my various travels!

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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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I just did a bunch of research to choose my first-ever German credit card, and I ended up choosing N26. I set up my account entirely online in minutes, received my card earlier than anticipated, & now I can manage my credit card in a super sleek, English language app. It was incredibly easy & now I have something to use on my various travels!

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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.

Although my story comes out in bits and pieces through the interviews, this episode is a special opportunity to share my story from start to end, uninterrupted, unfiltered. I hope you enjoy getting to peek behind the mic.

 

RESOURCES

Our season 2 episode, Long-Distance Relationships with Meg

Our season 2 episode, The First Few Months with Samar

Our season 1 episode, Prepping for a Job Hunt in Germany with Nicole

Information about the Bundesfreiwilligendienst

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

 

COME SEE THE EXPAT CAST LIVE

We'll be doing a panel and live podcast at the Carl Schurz Haus in Freiburg, Germany on September 30 at 18.30. Check it out!

Find other International Podcast Day events near you.

 

FOLLOW THE EXPAT CAST

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NEED A CREDIT CARD?

Try N26. They're an online-only bank with free payments in any currency, free ATM withdrawals in Euros, and support staff in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

I just did a bunch of research to choose my first-ever German credit card, and I ended up choosing N26. I set up my account entirely online in minutes, received my card earlier than anticipated, & now I can manage my credit card in a super sleek, English language app. It was incredibly easy & now I have something to use on my various travels!

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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.

In this episode, Linda explains how she's made moving to Europe work with a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old. As if raising teens in a foreign country wasn't enough of a challenge, Linda also moved abroad just as she started a new position in her job in marketing. We discuss what the challenges were with trying to pursue a high-level career and a rapidly evolving family life at the same time. 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.

 

COME SEE THE EXPAT CAST LIVE

We'll be doing a panel and live podcast at the Carl Schurz Haus in Freiburg, Germany on September 30 at 18.30. Check it out!

Find other International Podcast Day events near you.

 

FIND LINDA

On her blog, Travel Teening
 
On Instagram @travelteening

  

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PodBean allows you to manage your episodes, check out statistics, and design a podcast website - AND they have some of the best customer service. If you're new to podcasting like I was, PodBean makes the whole process so much easier, and their live chat feature puts you in quick contact with helpful, patient customer service staff who don't judge you when you ask beginner's questions. ;)

 

NEED A CREDIT CARD?

Try N26. They're an online-only bank with free payments in any currency, free ATM withdrawals in Euros, and support staff in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

I just did a bunch of research to choose my first-ever German credit card, and I ended up choosing N26. I set up my account entirely online in minutes, received my card earlier than anticipated, & now I can manage my credit card in a super sleek, English language app. It was incredibly easy & now I have something to use on my various travels!

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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. Host Nicole and guest Stacey answer the following questions with a mixture of personal anecdotes and librarian-approved resources.

  1. How do I make friends in Germany?
  2. What are the visa options in Germany?
  3. How does public transit work in Germany?
  4. What are some tips for getting a job in Germany?
  5. What have you guys brought with you to Germany that you can’t get here, and how do you approach that?
  6. How do I manage my move to Germany with money and language constraints?

Note that none of the things we say are professional advice! The advice and resources are intended to help point in the right direction, but any decisions should be made based on more solid research than we provide.

THANK YOU to everyone who has tuned in, recommended the show to a friend, left a rating/review, and participated in this show in any way, be it via a social media comment, an email, or as a guest. It's been a year full of hard work, and it's taught us a lot about podcasting and about life in general. 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.

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Facebook groups like New in Freiburg or Freiburg English Club

Check out Visa Guide's list of visas in Germany

Revisit our episode Prepping for a Job Hunt in Germany

Revisit our episode Learning German

 

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Stereotypes & Misconceptions with Tatjana

Stereotypes & Misconceptions with Tatjana

June 13, 2019

Season 2, Episode 21. WANTED: your expat problems! The season 2 finale of The Expat Cast is nearing, and we're planning a fun episode to celebrate: host Nicole will team up with a cohost to give advice to anyone moving abroad, wanting to move abroad, or living abroad. Send your questions, problems, and quandaries about life abroad to the show via email or DM on social media by TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019 to be included! Submissions can be answered anonymously upon request.

This week's episode features Tatjana, a Berliner who grew up craving expat life so badly, she made it her Instagram handle. Tatjana 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.

 

FIND TATJANA

On Instagram @craving_expat_life

Her new podcast, Bookish Expats, with Steph Fuccio from S2E3, Book Worms International 

 

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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, but after a few years, he tried to move back to the US. Despite landing a great job in New York City, something wasn't right. His time in Europe had made him more European than he'd realized, and now he felt homesick for Prague.

He moved back to Prague, and now, he's an accomplished travel writer, with travel guides on central and eastern Europe published by renowned companies, like Lonely Planet. Most recently, Lonely Planet hired him to write a guide book in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Mark shares what it was like to spend weeks in those states, which are so familiar to him as an Ohioan, yet as a long-term expat, still somehow new.

Mark's got years of hard-earned wisdom, and I'm glad he's shared the following nuggets with us.

Mark's Rules of Expat Life:

  1. It’s always a temporary move, or so you think.
  2. You never decide to stay. It’s always just one more year, one more year.
  3. You develop an unacknowledged expectation that the United States will never change.
  4. Your environment changes you.
  5. You are where you live.

 

FIND MARK

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

On Twitter @MarkBakerPrague

 

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Unemployed in Germany with Jeremy

Unemployed in Germany with Jeremy

April 4, 2019

Season 2, Episode 11. We're swapping stories about unemployment, everyone's favorite topic to discuss openly and honestly! Just kidding; of course, being unemployed is uncomfortable, stressful, and disorienting, no matter when or where it happens. However, even if it's not always the easiest thing to talk about, it's important to discuss.

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.

 

FIND BERLY & WOMEN'S WORTH, INC.

Women's Worth, Inc.'s website

Facebook @womensworthinc

Instagram @womensworthinc

YouTube @womensworthinc

Twitter @womensworthinc

 

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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.

Along the way, Kris traveled to Australia and Thailand, where he learned from some digital nomad YouTube experts how best to create a successful YouTube channel. He must have learned from the right people, because within a year, Kris' channel, Soldier of Life, has 12,000 subscribers and an active fan base of Americans and Germans alike. It was an honor to have him on the show & a perfect episode to close out our first season and the wild year that was 2018.

 

FIND KRIS

Check out his YouTube for videos about being a soldier, learning German, being Black in Germany, and more at Soldier of Life

Kris' freshly-launched website

Instagram @solakirus

Twitter @solakirus

 

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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

 

WEAREXPATS TWITTER

Nicole will be tweeting @wearexpats from December 10-17.

 

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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 website and 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. Studies showed that many expats move for their partner's job and end up stripped of their careers. Instead of succumbing to sadness about it, Katharina stood up, shook off the dirt, and decided that she would find a way to not only build the career she wanted but also to help other expat partners do so. 

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.

 

FIND KATHARINA

Check her out on Instagram to drool over her amazing photography of Chicago and her North American travels.

Visit her website to read her blog posts on expat partnership.

Read her Expat Partner Career Workbook for data, studies, and suggestions on how to make the most of your expat partner life.

 

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Weltschmerz & Culture Shock with Tanya

Weltschmerz & Culture Shock with Tanya

November 8, 2018

Season 1, Episode 19. "It can be tricky to stand in your power."

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, then dive into learning how turning to psychotherapy can be hugely helpful in dealing with tough situations, political or otherwise. As we head into the holiday season, may this episode's resources and ideas help you prepare for potentially complicated interactions, whether you're traveling home or staying abroad!

 

TANYA'S TIPS

Tip #1:
Don't be afraid to SHOP around for your THERAPIST!
 
A therapist is one of the most intimate professionals one can have: treating your soul, mind, and emotions is not something you want to do with someone you don't feel safe & comfortable with. 
 
The insurance policy in Germany allows you to go check out a couple of therapists for a first session (sometimes even a couple) before deciding on one. Plus, many therapists who don't take insurance also offer a complimentary session. Be sure to take advantage of this & see if it's the right fit both ways. 
 
Tip #2:
Each of the states in Germany have a Kassenärztliche Vereinigung, where the psychotherapists who have licensure are registered (there are other therapists who are non-licensed, and can be good, too, and they won't show up on this registry and you have to really look to what training they have to see their qualifications).
 
Each state's website has a "Arztsuche" function with which you can search for a psychotherapist who speaks English (or another language for that matter) in your city. I found this to be super helpful. The one for Baden-Württemberg is: https://www.arztsuche-bw.de 
 
Google the one for your state and make sure you do the extended/advanced search function to be able to add in preferred language. 
 
Tip #3
There are different kinds of psychological counselors in Germany: Heilpraktiker(in) für Psychotherapie & Approbierte Psychologische Psychotherapeut(in), and coaches.
 
The breakdown in Germany: one can study Psychology & not be a psychotherapist. To become an official psychotherapist, after studying a Masters in Psychology, one must do an Ausbildung (training) in Psychotherapy, with practice hours. It's about 3 more years, with a final test at the end. In California this is different, because the training is built into the Master's program for Counseling Psychology as well as pieces of the practicum or practice hours.
 
As someone with education from outside Germany in Psychotherapy, I have found it extremely difficult to get the equivalency & Approbation, but I am well underway now after 3 years of figuring out how/what to do. I have spoken to numerous other foreign-trained professionals who have always required a lawyer to have a successful outcome. Thus, I don't feel one needs to always disqualify someone for not having full Approbation, especially if they are from outside Germany. Ask. It is very possible they have full licensure in their "home country" and just have not gotten it here yet. I find this worthy to mention, especially to the expat community. 

I have had to get my Heilpraktikerin licensure which is sort of like a natural healer in psychotherapy license, which is a strange figure in German law, but that does allow one to practice Psychotherapy. You will find many of these. There are 2 kinds: ones that practice bodily practices like acupuncture & massage  and another that does psychotherapy. 
 
There is still one more figure worth mentioning and that is coaching. My favorite couples counselor in Freiburg is a coach. I practice coaching alongside my psychotherapy practice. While I was waiting to get the permit to practice psychotherapy, I had to call myself a "coach" to see people. You can find well-trained, amazing coaches, & then you can also find terrible ones just out to make a quick buck. One must be discerning, but the figure of "coach" is one that is becoming increasingly common because it is not regulated per state, that is, I can practice coaching in Italy, USA, Germany and not worry whether I have the "license" from that state. Again - that can be super bad, or amazing for someone who has a formation and just wants to travel. Get to know the person, see what their qualifications are. They may have a MFT licensure AND be a coach, too. US State laws, for example, do not allow a MFT from California to practice via Skype with someone living in another state. However, "coaching" is allowed. It allows for flexibility. Check out which is the best fit for you and keep an open yet discerning mind! :) 

 

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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. Nicole talks listeners through four key items she needed as a foreigner in order to secure a permanent, full-time job in her field in Germany: a Lebenslauf, originals and translations of her academic transcripts, a Bewertung/recognition of her degree, and a visa. With the help of Gordon, who steps in as co-host and resident German, we discuss what these things are, why they are necessary, how to obtain them, associated costs, and tips for getting it all accomplished. Plus, we moan and groan about dealing with bureaucracy, including our personal secret to getting what you need in the face of being told no (Spoiler: it involves a lot of shouting in your angriest-sounding German). 

 

RESOURCES

1. Lebenslauf:

Welcome to Germerica's guide to writing a Lebenslauf

Immigrant Spirit's guide to the perfect German CV

The Local DE's article, "A CV will get thrown out if not in German style"

2. Transcripts:

Search "beglaubigte kopie + [name of your city]" to find places near you that offer the certified copy service.

To find a translator, try the following databases:

Justiz Dolmetscher official database of sworn translators

Bundesverband professioneller Doltmetscher und Übersetzer database of BDÜ translators, including both certified and non-certified translators 

OR

Use my translator, Herr Zipp! He's a certified professional who makes high-quality translations swiftly and precisely, plus he's an absolute pleasure to work with. 10/10, would recommend. You can contact him at translation@georgzipp.com. 

3. Anerkennung/Bewertung/Recognition:

Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen, website also available in English 

Anabin, the ZAB database to research information about recognition based on country of origin and field

Recognition in Germany information portal from the German government

LifeWorkGermany's resource guide to the recognition process

4. Visa:

Search "auslaenderbehoerde + [name of your city]" to find your immigration office, and consult with an agent there.

 

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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? We chat about German rap and hip hop, and debate how and why the culture surrounding an artist influences the outcome of music. Nicole and Reggie share their own experiences with leaving the chase-the-next-best-event culture of big American cities behind and embracing the Freiburg way of slowing down, spending time in nature, and pursuing self-care.

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 program in Freiburg, it was a no-brainer that she'd want to apply. Bahar talks us through her experience getting a student visa in Germany as a Turkish citizen, including 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. This episode has great information for anyone interested in pursuing a higher education degree in Germany as well as fascinating reflections on expat identity.

 

RESOURCES

Masters in British and North American Studies at the University of Freiburg: https://www.anglistik.uni-freiburg.de/prospective-students/degree-programs/master/master-british-north-american-cs

2017 law introducing fees for international students in Baden-Württemberg: https://www.studying-in-germany.org/germany-will-reintroduce-tuition-fees-non-eu-students/

Student Blocked Account with Deutsche Bank: https://www.deutsche-bank.de/pk/konto-und-karte/konten-im-ueberblick/internationale-studenten1.html

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.

 

RESOURCES

Danielle's writing can be found in Junto: https://juntomagazine.com/issues/volume-2-issue-4/stripped/

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. He grew up in the United States, then spent two years in the Canary Islands and Jamaica as a Mormon missionary. He completed college in Utah, then moved to the Philippines for an internship in microfinance. He and Danielle started dating upon his return to the States, and when she said she wanted to move to Europe after graduating, it was an easy thing for Alex's nomadic heart to say yes to. The couple married, packed their bags, and boarded a flight to Frankfurt, with only vague ideas of where they'd live, how they'd earn money, or what life would bring. 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.

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. Do scholars need to be fluent in German to do Fulbright there? How livable is the pay? Is it OK to giggle at the nuances between American and British English while teaching? Dane talks about all that and more in this episode. 

 

RESOURCES

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program, which is the focus of the episode. https://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/types-of-awards/english-teaching-assistant-awards

Academic Year Freiburg, the exchange program that sends college students to Freiburg for one year, which Dane mentions early on. http://www.ayf.uni-freiburg.de/

Madison Freiburg Sister City Committee, the organization that promotes the relationship between Madison, Wisconsin and Freiburg, Germany. http://madisonfreiburg.org/

Pädigogischer Austauschdienst, the organization that works independently and with Fulbright to facilitate teaching assistant exchanges in Germany, through whom Dane will be doing a second year of assistant teaching in Dresden. (Site also available in English) https://www.kmk-pad.org/

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). https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/305249/en/

InLingua and Berlitz, two nation-wide language schools who will hire native speaker teachers without previous experience. https://www.inlingua.com/ and http://www.berlitz.com/

Learning German online: Rosetta Stone, Busuu, Duo Lingo.

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