Episodes

November 24, 2021

Anatomy of a German job interview (Lisa Janz from Job Coach Germany)

What can you expect in a German job interview? What's expected of you? Lisa Janz , the woman behind Job Coach Germany, joins me to explain what the five phases of a typical job interview are, and gives some insights into what...

Finding A Job & Working In Germany

November 17, 2021

Health insurance in Germany Q&A, with Techniker Krankenkasse

You sent in your questions about health insurance in Germany, and this week a representative from Techniker Krankenkasse, Nina, is here to answer them. You can also get an idea of what to expect from a health insurance fund ...

November 10, 2021

"Was guckst du?": A 20 year love/hate relationship with Germany (Elizabeth from the USA)

Elizabeth first spent time in Germany as a student, and she fell in love with the place. But, by the time her year was up, she was ready to return back home to the States. However, when she got home, she immediately started m...

November 03, 2021

The Expat Spouses Report - the results are in (Amaia from Expats & Spouses Monitor)

How educated are expat spouses? How do they feel about life in Germany? What word would they use to describe Germany? A new study by Expats & Spouses Monitor answers these questions, and more. Back in February 2021, Amaia, o...

Adapting To Life In Germany

October 27, 2021

Shopping habits, my German nemesis, problems with dialects, and more: Q&A episode

From new shopping habits through to being scolded by Germans, here are the answers to the questions you asked about life in Germany! The Instagram users who asked me questions: @Lilo_hlt06 @Sscomstoc @Alyssa.savs @Soundinglus...

Adapting To Life In Germany

October 20, 2021

Working in tech in Germany (Yotzín from Mexico)

What's it like working in tech in Germany? What do foreigners need to know about finding a tech job in Germany? Yotzín, from Mexico, joins me to answer these questions and discuss his experiences working in the tech field in...

Finding A Job & Working In Germany

October 06, 2021

German culture: Der Struwwelpeter and other horrifying children's stories (Nina from Germany)

After watching the Calvin & Habs duo do a reenactment of a German children's story called "Paulinchen", I decided to buy the collection of stories it appears in. It's called Der Struwwelpeter, named after one of the character...

German Culture Featuring Nina

September 29, 2021

Foreigner friendships, moving back home, and “F**k it” moments (Beth & Amy from the USA)

Both Beth and Amy have appeared on The Germany Experience before, and now they come back on together after having forged a friendship here in Germany. But, as often happens with foreigner friendships, Amy moved back home. We ...

Adapting To Life In Germany Making Friends In Germany

September 02, 2021

RERUN: Seven months as an exchange student in Germany (Montana Showalter from the USA)

//This episode was originally released on 18th May 2020// Montana Showalter was an American high school student who went on an exchange program to Germany (called CBYX ). At around the same time, she started a YouTube channel...

August 25, 2021

RERUN: You go me on the cookie! (Dana Newman from Wanted Adventure)

//This interview originally aired on 25th May 2020// Dana Newman from the Wanted Adventure YouTube channel joins me to discuss her book, "You go me on the cookie!". The book (written in German) describes Dana's adventures (an...

August 18, 2021

RERUN: Sandals and socks, making friends with Germans, and "selfishly" staying in Germany (Amy from the USA)

//This episode originally aired on 20th July 2020// Original Show Notes: Amy always had a dream of living in Germany, and even happened to marry someone who felt the same way. So living here has kind of been a dream come true...

August 11, 2021

RERUN: Germany chose me (Sneha from India)

//This episode was originally aired on 16th November 2020// Sneha from India moved to Germany in 2011. A professional Indian classical dancer, she was expecting something similar to New York, where people knew about the artfo...

July 15, 2021

The German dream, mental health as a content creator, and toxic positivity (Aspen from the USA)

Aspen is originally from the USA and has been living in Germany for 7 years now. She runs the Aspen Abroad YouTube channel . She joins me to discuss the topic of mental health as a foreigner in Germany, as well as the expecta...

Adapting To Life In Germany

June 30, 2021

From a big city to a small German town, and freelancing in Germany (Lara from Slovenia)

Lara is from Slovenia, and you might know her from her Instagram or TikTok channels, where she posts short, informative and funny videos about life in Germany. She made the move from Chicago, where she was living at the time,...

Adapting To Life In Germany

June 23, 2021

From long distance relationship to locked down together (Kaleena from the USA and Jan from Germany)

Kaleena is from the USA, and Jan is from Germany, and together they host the YouTube channel, Kaleena and Jan. Shortly after meeting each other, their relationship was forced to go through two phases by the pandemic: first, t...

Adapting To Life In Germany

June 16, 2021

Coping with depression in Germany, seeking help, and online therapy (Steffi from the UK)

Steffi is from the UK, and she describes herself as an "unexpected expat". In fact, as someone who experiences anxiety and who is a planner, life in a foreign country was not something she considered. When Steffi moved to Ger...

Adapting To Life In Germany

June 09, 2021

Apologizing in Germany, sauna surprises, and making friends: an expat's guide to living in Germany (Fadi Gaziri from the UK)

Fadi Gaziri has written a book about life in Germany for foreigners called, "Ze Germans: An Expat's Guide to Living in Germany", and he joins me to discuss the book and some of his insights from his experiences in the country...

Adapting To Life In Germany Book Recommendations

June 02, 2021

Advice for foreigners in Germany, taken from two years of The Germany Experience

The Germany Experience podcast is 2 years old and to celebrate, here is a compilation of some of the advice that guests have offered about everything from making friends through to preparing for bureaucracy. Thank you for lis...

Adapting To Life In Germany German Language Making Friends In Germany

May 26, 2021

Three amazing women from German history (Jasmin from HerStory)

Jasmin is the host of a podcast called Herstory, which tells the stories of strong women from history. Her podcast inspired this week's episode: a look back at incredible (and underappreciated) women from Germany's history. A...

German Culture

May 19, 2021

Beer, digitization, security, and education: our preconceived notions of Europe (Lawin from the Philippines)

Before you move to a foreign country, you inevitably have a picture of what it's like in your mind. Maybe you got it from TV and books, or perhaps you've met tourists from that country. Lawin, host of the Pop Your Cultural Ch...

Adapting To Life In Germany

May 12, 2021

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

If things in Germany continue easing up, vacation will again be possible this summer. A very popular tourist destination is the mountainous region of Bavaria. Ceri, originally from the UK, runs a mountain tour and trekking co...

May 05, 2021

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

Nadja Todt was born and raised in Germany, but spent 11 years abroad. She describes herself as a global citizen, change-maker, international experience expert, community connector and mentor, and a German and English language...

Making Friends In Germany

April 20, 2021

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. B...

Adapting To Life In Germany

April 18, 2021

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 Germ...

Finding A Job & Working In Germany