Episodes

November 03, 2019

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

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. He's also a handball player, and he had the chance...

Adapting To Life In Germany Making Friends In Germany

October 20, 2019

Discussing German stereotypes with Nicole from The Expat Cast

Are Germans really efficient? Do they like order? Are they as punctual as everyone says they are? Nicole Palazzo, a US expat living in Germany and the host of The Expat Cast , helps me confirm or bust common stereotypes and c...

German Culture

October 12, 2019

Being an English-Speaking Writer in Germany, Bringing a Pet to Germany, and "The God Queen" (Mari from USA)

Mari is a US expat living in Germany. She's also a writer and an avid pug fan. She discusses what it's like being an English-speaking writer in Germany, her book " The God Queen ", and how to bring a dog from USA into Germany...

Adapting To Life In Germany

October 06, 2019

The "Why" Has to be Right (Vlad from Romania)

Discuss this episode in the Expat Life Germany Facebook group ! Vlad from Romania was tired of the political situation in Romania, and made the choice to move to Germany. But, unlike many Romanians who emigrate to western Eur...

Adapting To Life In Germany

September 29, 2019

Article 116 (Michael from USA)

Michael Silberman lives in the USA, but Germany is certainly intertwined with his life over there. His parents left Nazi Germany (and were stripped of their German citizenship) to start a new life in the States, and this heri...

German Culture

September 22, 2019

parkrun Germany

The parkrun concept is simple: you turn up on a Saturday morning and you walk, jog, or run 5km. The best thing? It's free. Since it started in 2004, it has become a global phenomenon. And it's a great thing for expats, too: g...

Adapting To Life In Germany

September 15, 2019

Defining "Expat"

What exactly is an "expat"? Turns out this question is not as straight forward as Shaun used to think. He goes into some of the problems surrounding the terminology, and also defines his interpretation of it for the podcast. ...

September 11, 2019

BONUS: Social Media and Expats, Charity Work as an Expat, and Friends Moving On

In the last episode , Anna Noakes Schulze dropped so many insights about expat life that I had to edit some of it out. Since it'd be a shame for it to go to waste, I decided to put it in a bonus episode. Here is more Anna, an...

September 04, 2019

Living Abroad Teaches Us the Power of Connections (Anna from Canada)

Anna Noakes Schulze from Canada presented a TEDx talk called “ Living Abroad Teaches Us the Power of Connections ”, and in it she tells her own expat story to demonstrate how those that we make connections with shape our live...

Adapting To Life In Germany Parenting In Germany

August 27, 2019

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 c...

Finding A Job & Working In Germany

August 12, 2019

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 Ber...

Adapting To Life In Germany

August 06, 2019

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 podcas...

Adapting To Life In Germany Parenting In Germany

July 30, 2019

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, reckles...

Adapting To Life In Germany

July 24, 2019

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, ...

Adapting To Life In Germany Parenting In Germany

July 16, 2019

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....

Adapting To Life In Germany

July 09, 2019

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, MyHel...

Finding A Job & Working In Germany Adapting To Life In Germany

July 01, 2019

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...

Adapting To Life In Germany German Language

July 01, 2019

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 the...

June 25, 2019

Don't Get Scammed + IamExpat.de 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 IamExpat.de joins me with her pick of stories from June 2019. Also, Shaun runs through the top scams that exp...

Adapting To Life In Germany

June 18, 2019

The Essential Book for New Expats in Germany

Click here for the full show notes Buy the book on Amazon: From the Bürgeramt to the Bedroom From the Bürgeramt to the Bedroom is a book aimed at new expats in Germany. It provides advice for common situations that expats wil...

Adapting To Life In Germany German Culture Book Recommendations

June 11, 2019

Noor From Pakistan - Don't Forget Your 'Gungs

Get the show notes on Expat Life Germany: Episode 3 Show Notes Noor has been in Germany on a student visa for around two and a half years. In this episode, he discusses his difficulties converting to a Blue Card, how it’s eas...

Adapting To Life In Germany

June 04, 2019

Dwight From Australia - Controlling the Transmission

Dwight Steven-Boniecki is an Australian transmission controller, writer, and film maker living in Cologne, Germany. He explains how he ended up in Germany and he shares his advice for expats (it has to do with dealing with th...

Adapting To Life In Germany

May 28, 2019

My Expat Story

In the first episode of the Expat Life Germany podcast, Shaun Behrens introduces himself and tells his own expat story. He also discusses the recent EU elections and Germany's strange aversion to credit cards (which might now...

Adapting To Life In Germany

May 19, 2019

The Germany Experience Trailer

The Germany Experience is a podcast about experiencing Germany through the eyes of outsiders - like immigrants, expats, tourists, and more. Here is a trailer to give you a taste of the kinds of conversations and stories you'l...