The Germany Experience

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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Recent Episodes

Finding A Job & Working In Germany

Probezeit: The first six months in a German job (Lisa Janz, Job Coach Germany)

June 29, 2022

The first six months in a new job is important. In Germany, it is usually a trial period - or "Probezeit" - and it is a chance for you to get to know your team, company, and more. Lisa Janz, who runs Job Coach Germany, joins…

Guest: Lisa Janz
Finding A Job & Working In Germany Adapting To Life In Germany

Lessons from changing jobs in Germany (Alexandrea from the USA)

June 22, 2022

Alexandrea from the USA (and former guest on the podcast ) left her job in Hamburg for one in Frankfurt. However, she realized almost immediately that the new job was not a good fit. She left during her trial period and foun…

Adapting To Life In Germany Making Friends In Germany Resources

Helping families to meet like-minded families (Dzhangar from MatchFamilies)

June 15, 2022

During Dzhangar's first years in Germany, he noticed what many foreigners notice: how difficult it was for his family to meet other like-minded families. And making friends is crucial. It helps to make you feel more at home,…

German Culture Featuring Nina

German traditions or superstitions? (Nina from Germany)

June 8, 2022

If you've ever wished a German "Happy birthday" before their actual birthday, you will no doubt have quickly learnt that it's just not done. It's just a tradition based on superstition, but many Germans abide by it. So, is i…

Guest: Nina
Adapting To Life In Germany

Eurovision Song Contest 2022 recap, the importance of community, and redefining your identity (Beth from the USA)

May 17, 2022

Beth comes back on the podcast to discuss how she recently found herself post-pandemic in a world that had shrunk to just her job and her family. While this isn't a bad thing, Beth was lacking a feeling of community. She als…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Using your own culture to integrate in Germany (Saehee from the USA)

May 12, 2022

When Saehee, a Korean American, first moved from the States to Germany, she struggled to adjust for many different reasons. This led to her feeling depressed and lonely. But that would all change once she started getting ba…

Recent Blog Posts

4 Reasons why 2022 is a good time to find a job in Germany

Despite the ongoing pandemic, now is actually a really good time to look for a job in Germany. Lisa Janz of Job Coach Germany gives us 4 reasons why you …

Adventures learning German with Dana Newman’s “You go me o…

I interviewed writer and YouTuber Dana Newman for an episode of The Germany Experience podcast. Listen to the full interview here. Dana Newman, an Ameri…

Montana Showalter’s YouTube success, and how Germany chang…

I interviewed YouTuber Montana Showalter for an episode of The Germany Experience podcast. To hear the full interview, subscribe to the podcast or go her…

About the Host

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Shaun Behrens

Originally a South African, Shaun has been living in Germany long enough to know a thing or two about integrating, but will also never truly feel like he fits in in Germany. He started The Germany Experience because he loves connecting with people and highlighting the stories that we all can relate to as outsiders in Germany.