The Germany Experience

Life in Germany, as seen through the eyes of outsiders. Featuring the stories of foreigners who moved to Germany - either temporarily or permanently - and tips and advice for life in Germany. Get an inside view of the joys, the frustrations, and the quirks of adapting to the culture and learning German. New episodes every Wednesday.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 40m. Bisher sind 114 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 3 days 1 hour 38 minutes


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episode 82: Planning a summer trip to the mountains (Ceri from the UK)

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episode 81: Three key factors for making friends in Germany (Nadja from Germany)

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episode 80: Feeling weighed down by the pandemic, and making the trip back home (Beth from the USA)

How are foreigners in Germany feeling right now? Do they feel like they want to pack up and return to their home countries? And what is it like to make the trip back home? These are all questions we look at in this episode.

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 2021-04-21  1h8m

BONUS - My experiences searching for jobs and working in Germany (Lisa Janz interviews me)

Lisa Janz, who is a job coach for internationals in Germany, recently interviewed me in a live Q&A on her Facebook page. This is the audio of that video. She asked me about my experiences looking for jobs and working in Germany. We also discuss workplace culture shocks, interviews while wearing ripped trousers, and more.

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episode 79: What do you want from a job in Germany? (with Lisa Janz from Job Coach Germany)

Lisa Janz is a career coach for international professionals in Germany. She joins me to discuss the big question of how to figure out what you want from a job in Germany. New foreigners in Germany often just want to get a foot in the door, and foreigners that have been here longer might feel like it's not possible to make a move. But it's important for your happiness that you consider what you really want - and that might even be something that you haven't realized yet...


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RERUN: Being far from family when losing someone, making friends through team sports, and security in Germany (Rafael from Brazil)

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One of my best friends in Germany, Rafael from Brazil, experienced loss when his father passed away, and talks about how he coped dealing with that being far from his family.

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