Episodes

Adapting To Life In Germany

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

June 30, 2021

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

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

June 23, 2021

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, …

Adapting To Life In Germany

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

June 16, 2021

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 Ge…

Adapting To Life In Germany Book Recommendations

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

June 9, 2021

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 countr…

Adapting To Life In Germany German Language Making Friends In Germany

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

June 2, 2021

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 li…

German Culture

Three amazing women from German history (Jasmin from HerStory)

May 26, 2021

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. …

Adapting To Life In Germany

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

May 19, 2021

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 C…

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

May 12, 2021

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 c…

Making Friends In Germany

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

May 5, 2021

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 languag…

Adapting To Life In Germany

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

April 20, 2021

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. …

Finding A Job & Working In Germany

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

April 18, 2021

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 Ger…

Guest: Lisa Janz
Finding A Job & Working In Germany

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

April 12, 2021

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 fo…

Guest: Lisa Janz

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

April 6, 2021

Originally release on 3rd November, 2019 (episode #21) 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 fa…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Finding an apartment in Germany: tips, advice, etiquette, and other things you need to know (Madalina from Relosophy)

March 29, 2021

Madalina, originally from Romania, is a relocation agent who helps foreigners find accommodation in Munich. And as she says, if you can make it in Munich, you can make it anywhere in Germany. Madalina joins me to discuss get…

Finding A Job & Working In Germany

Job search and working in Germany: expectations vs. reality, work contracts, and corporates vs. start-ups (Jana from Meetra)

March 21, 2021

Many foreigners have a picture in their minds of what it will be like finding a job and working in Germany. For example, it seems that the perception is that there are many opportunities in Germany, that salaries are good, a…

German Culture Featuring Nina

Common things Germans say and do, and what they mean (Nina from Germany)

March 15, 2021

The Germans have certain words, sayings, and gestures that they do very often, often without even thinking about it. And some of these things can be very confusing to people new in Germany. For example: you'll often hear "O…

Guest: Nina
Adapting To Life In Germany Making Friends In Germany

Making long-term German friends, reverse parking, and origins of German idioms (Q&A session)

March 8, 2021

I answer your questions about life in Germany, and also some personal questions. Plus, I read some insightful YouTube comments. This was recorded during a Facebook live stream. Watch the full video on my YouTube channel Some…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Sparkling wine receptions, digitization, WG living, and coming to Germany on a scholarship (Alex from the USA)

March 1, 2021

Alex is originally from Nebraska, USA, but is now living in Hamburg. She joins me with a glass of sparkling wine to discuss, among other things, her love for "zu verschenken" culture, how scholarships offer a world of opport…

Adapting To Life In Germany

How German changes your identity (Geoff and Alex from Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey)

Feb. 22, 2021

When you move to Germany, like with other countries, you might find yourself needing to re-invent yourself due to the language and the culture. For example: if you were funny and outgoing in your home country, you might sudd…

Finding A Job & Working In Germany

The job application process in Germany: Misconceptions, insights and tips (Ivan from Bulgaria)

Feb. 15, 2021

What are common misconceptions that foreigners have about the job application process in Germany? What makes a good CV? What are assessment centers? We try to answer some of these questions in this episode. To do it, I'm joi…

The gender expatriation gap, trailing spouses, and the expat skill pool in Germany (Amaia from Spain)

Feb. 8, 2021

Amaia, originally from Spain but now living in Düsseldorf, Germany, started the Expats and Spouses Monitor with Dr. Carlos Morales. Their goal: it is a research project that aims to understand the living and working conditio…

Cost of living in Germany in 2021 (Jen from Simple Germany)

Feb. 1, 2021

What are the standard costs of living you can expect in Germany? Do you really need so much insurance in Germany? And why pay the Rundfunkbeitrag if you don't watch German TV? Jen is from Guatemala and is the co-founder of S…

SEGEPADFO charity challenge wrap-up, and when The Germany Experience will be back

Dec. 28, 2020

The SEGEPADFO charity challenge, where I went up against Nicole of The Expat Cast to see who could raise the most money for a project by Über den Tellerrand, is over. Who won the challenge, and how much we raised, is all in…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Learning assertiveness from Germans, and growing to love a city (Jenna from Canada)

Dec. 14, 2020

Jenna is from Canada who is living in Düsseldorf. She is the creator of Life in Duesseldorf , has just started the Life in Germany YouTube channel . We discuss why she moved to Germany, her recent bout of COVID-19, and why s…