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.

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episode 13: Finding and Getting a Job In Germany

For all the links mentioned in the episode (there are a few!), go to the Finding and Getting a Job in Germany blog post.

I go through some of the ins and outs of getting a job in Germany. To help me, I got Cheryl Howard of to discuss her experiences as a job seeker in Berlin (she's interviewed for dozens of jobs). Then Abi from joins me to discuss what goes in a German Curriculum Vitae, as well as some general tips for writing the document...


 2019-08-27  1h12m

episode 12: Through the Eyes of a Newly-Arrived Expat (Sarah From Syria, Canada, et al)

I first interviewed Sarah back in July for a bonus episode, because she'd almost been caught by a scam. We had such a great discussion that I wanted to have her back on the show, and here she is.

Although Sarah is new in Berlin, she is by no means new to the expat way of life: she has lived in Syria, Canada, Dubai, Malaysia, Japan, and now, Germany. She discusses how her international background has made adapting to new cultures easier, and how she views her identity...


 2019-08-12  38m

episode 11: Tim From France - Not So Far From Home

Tim Bourguignon is a French citizen who moved to Germany to be with his wife. He describes himself as coming in four flavors: Agile Coach, Chief Learning Officer, Mentoring Advocate, and Public Speaker. He also hosts a podcast called Software Developer’s Journey. 

After bad experiences learning German in school, Tim picked up German again years later when he actually moved to the country...


 2019-08-07  47m

episode 10: The E-Scooterpocalypse & Feeling Dumb in Germany

There are a lot of people—expats and Germans alike—who are not pleased about the e-scooter situation in big cities since it became legal for them to share bicycle paths and roads. E-scooter riders are apparently fast, reckless, and they just leave them parked anywhere and everywhere. But surely it can't be that bad? I decided to ask around in forums to get a feeling for the zeitgeist at the moment, and it turns out most people are, in fact, annoyed. Very annoyed...


 2019-07-30  16m

episode 9: Natalie from Australia - From the Outback to Europe

When learning a new language, it takes a long time before you're able to express yourself and articulate your thoughts, and so it's easy to feel like you're coming across as dumb. This is just one of the topics that Natalie, a stay-at-home mum from Australia, discusses about her time in Germany...


 2019-07-24  50m

episode 8: Shannon from USA - Church Bells and Bicycles

Meet Shannon from the USA, whose family were expats in Germany from 2009 until 2013. When they returned to the States, they realized their hearts were still in Germany, and so they immediately started making plans to go back.

Shannon talks about falling in love with the German way of life, making compromises for the greater good, and getting out of the expat bubble...


 2019-07-16  29m

episode 7: Arvi From India - Founding a Startup in Germany

Arvi is from India and moved to Germany 5 years ago to complete his studies as an engineer. He did this, but instead of returning home, he moved to Berlin and founded a startup with two other entrepreneurs. His company, MyHelpBuddy, puts expats who need a service or who have a problem in contact with "buddies", who are expats or locals who are able to help.

Arvi discusses the platform and also how to start a company in Germany...


 2019-07-09  33m

episode 6: Lori From USA - Teaching English, Learning Languages, and Raising Bilingual Children in Germany

Lori from USA has been teaching English in Germany for almost 40 years, so it’s not surprising that she has a thing or two to say about learning new languages. In fact, her language pedigree goes back to even before she moved to Germany, when she was a German high school teacher in the States...


 2019-07-02  34m

BONUS: How Sarah Almost Got Scammed

In episode 5, I discussed potential scams aimed at expats. Well, Sarah is a new expat in Berlin who very nearly got caught by an apartment scam. In this bonus episode, she describes her story and explains just how one of these scams is run by the scammers. 


 2019-07-01  20m

episode 5: Don't Get Scammed + Round-Up With Abi

Every month end, I'll take a look at some of the most interesting topics of the previous month. This time, Abi from joins me with her pick of stories from June 2019.

Also, Shaun runs through the top scams that expats need to be weary of, namely apartment scams, job scams, and financial scams. He also suggests two golden rules to help prevent getting scammed.

For the full show notes and other links: Episode 5: Don't Get Scammed + IamExpat...


 2019-06-26  21m