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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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Preparing to Move Abroad with Riana

Preparing to Move Abroad with Riana

May 30, 2019

Season 2, Episode 19. Once you've moved abroad, it's a whirlwind of paperwork, cultural adjustments, adventure, new experiences -- but what about before you move? 

This week's guest, Riana, spoke to us when she had one month left in Canada before she, her partner, and their dog moved to Prague. As a Canadian under the age of 30, Riana was able to take advantage of the Youth Mobility Visa, which allows Canadians to life and work in 35 countries for one year. She talks us through how she decided that life abroad in Prague was the right choice for her.

Once the decision was made, there was still plenty to do and to feel. Riana shares what kind of preparation she's been able to do pre-move abroad, as well as what it's been like emotionally preparing for her year in Europe.

 

FIND RIANA

On her blog, Teaspoon of Adventures

Read her resource-rich blog post about the Czech Youth Mobility Visa

 

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From Pils to Pints to Passport Stamps with Sixtina

From Pils to Pints to Passport Stamps with Sixtina

May 16, 2019

Season 2, Episode 17. Four years is Sixtina's magical number. After growing up in Germany, she moved to the Netherlands for 4 years, followed by Ireland for 4 years. She's also lived in the United States, Mexico, and Spain.

Throughout all these temporary homes, her dream was always to go traveling - the kind of travel where you see the whole world over a longer period of time. Instead, Sixtina took the career path. A whole series of opportunities she just couldn't say no to kept postponing her dream of travel. Until now!

Mere days before she left Ireland to embark on her dream-turned-reality world trip, Sixtina took time out to talk to The Expat Cast about what it's been like working for a big international company, learning just how German she is, and - of course! - that good ol' Irish pub culture.

 

RESOURCES

Expat Focus's guide to taxes in Ireland

Volunteer while you travel at Workaway.com

 

FIND SIXTINA

On her website, sixmilesaway.com

On Instagram, @sixmilesaway

 

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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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Culture Shock: USA v. Germany with Christin

Culture Shock: USA v. Germany with Christin

November 1, 2018

Season 1, Episode 18. Christin decided to take a break from her life in Germany to do a study abroad year in Charleston, South Carolina, in the hopes of improving her English. Little did she know, she'd meet the love of her life on her first day of classes, launching a whirlwind couple of years, including an engagement, a long-distance relationship, a wedding, and a permanent move to America. Now, she's settled into her life in US and joins The Expat Cast host Nicole to swap impressions about her new home. The two share which aspects of daily life give them culture shock, from ice cubes to air conditioning to banking to garbage to cars.

 

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FIND CHRISTIN

Christin blogs at This German American Life

You can follow her on Instagram @ThisGermanAmericanLife

 

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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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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

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.

Language Course Visas with Jenny

Language Course Visas with Jenny

July 8, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2. American ex-pat Jenny came to Germany on a language course, or Sprachkurs, visa. She stayed a full calendar year and took A1, A2, and B1 German courses at the local Volkshochschule, literally, the people's college, similar to American community college. What does one need to get this visa? Jenny talks us through all the details of what you need to get a language course visa, and she and host Nicole discuss the experience of learning German as a first second language for English speakers.

 

RESOURCES

Volkshochschule exist all over Germany, but here's a link to the one in Freiburghttps://vhs-freiburg.de/

Sprachkurs Visum info for Berlin (Requirements will be similar across Germany). https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/324289/en/

Guide to health insurance for ex-pats. https://www.thelocal.de/20160616/health-insurance-for-expats-in-germany-a-quick-guide-mawista-tlccu

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

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