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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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Preparing to Move Abroad with Riana

Preparing to Move Abroad with Riana

May 30, 2019

Season 2, Episode 19. 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.

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.

 

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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.

Mere days before she left Ireland to embark on her dream-turned-reality world trip, Sixtina told us 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

On Instagram, @sixmilesaway

 

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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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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 runs the blog This German American Life. She joins 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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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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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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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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Language Course Visas with Jenny

Language Course Visas with Jenny

July 8, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2. American expat 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.

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