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The ExpatCast is the podcast where expats share stories about fitting in, standing out, and every mishap on their journey to feeling at home abroad.

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    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

The ExpatCast is the podcast where expats share stories about fitting in, standing out, and every mishap on their journey to feeling at home abroad.

    Deciding to Have Kids or Not When Living Abroad

    Deciding to Have Kids or Not When Living Abroad

    Season 6, Episode 25. Do you want to have kids or not? How has your geography impacted this?

    We asked these questions to the listener community, and fellow expats, immigrants, people living abroad shared their pros and cons, their talking points, their feelings, their beliefs, their dreams. Their answers range from YES to NO to MAYBE, and they're gathered here for you.

    This marks the end of season six! What a gift it's been - 150 episodes and nearly 4 years of podcasting. Thank you to everyone who has formed the community of listeners, which creates a safe space for us to take on these difficult topics.

     

    This episode is sponsored by MyExpatTaxes. Use the code EXPATCAST to save 10%!

     

    RESOURCES

    Cheryl Strayed's essay, The Ghost Ship that Didn't Carry Us

    BeMyTravelMuse's video, How I Decided to Have Kids (Not an Easy Choice!)

    Edna Bonhomme's essay, Infertility Stung Me: Black Motherhood and Me

    SharetheLove Blog's post, Pregnancy Troubles as the Expat

    WantedAdventures's video, STOP ASKING ME IF I'M HAVING KIDS

    Balancing Stories episode, What if I Don't Want Kids?

    The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

     

    GUESTS

    Julian, former guest for Finding Therapy in Germany

    Casey, former guest for Becoming Bilingual and Visiting Home

    Shaun from The Germany Experience, former guest for Raising a Son with Special Needs in Germany

    Ashley, former guest for Pregnancy in Germany and Expat Mama

    Meghan from Balancing Stories, former guest for Expat Resilience

    Stefanie, former guest for Austria v Germany and Travel Germany: Stuttgart

    Jorge from The Canadian Wants to Know

    Steffi

    Keltie

    Chase from About Abroad

     

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    Ask the Expat with Idan from Unmatch Me Now

    Ask the Expat with Idan from Unmatch Me Now

    Season 6, Episode 24. What's it like dating a German? How do I make friends as an expat? Can I get a job in Germany without knowing German? Is the rental market reallllyyyy that bad?


    Nicole is joined by Idan from Unmatch Me Now to get into all of these questions and more! From personal experiences and opinions to concrete resources about Kindergeld and donating blood, nothing is off the table.


    Thanks to all the listeners who submitted questions for this episode.


     


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    RESOURCES



    The Expat Cast episodes: the initial Ask the Expat episode, the Travel Germany series, To Stay or To Go? with Katherine from Bad Days Abroad, Being Queer in Germany


    Unmatch Me Now episodes about dating in the queer community: Bi-Sex and the City, Slide into My DMs Like a Sexy Snail, and Everyone Have Extra Large Dicks and Other Grinder Myths


    Information about Kindergeld


    Help for refugees from Ukraine


    Abandoned Berlin


     


    FIND IDAN



    His podcast, Unmatch Me Now
    On Instagram @unmatchmenow

     


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    Libraries & Librarians Abroad with Katherine

    Libraries & Librarians Abroad with Katherine

    Season 6, Episode 23. What's it like to be a foreigner working as a librarian in Germany? We've got two international librarians here to tell you!


    Katherine and Nicole both fell in love with the career of librarianship before moving to Germany from Venezuela and USA, respectively. Now, they both live and work in German libraries, Katherine in a university library and Nicole in a public library. Both of them first worked at the libraries of cultural centers as a transition when making the move.


    They explain how they got the paperwork in order so they could take their careers with them when they moved, what it's like working as a librarian in Germany, difference between libraries in different countries, and how to find an international library job.


     


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    RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL LIBRARIANS


    INALJ


    Open Biblio Jobs


    Anabin, for librarians moving to Germany


    The season one episode, "Prepping for a Job Hunt in Germany"


     


    FIND KATHERINE


    On Twitter @Kat_Lui



    She recommends "Wir können mehr sein" by Aminata Touré


     


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    • 48 min
    Moving Abroad at Age 15 with Nyla

    Moving Abroad at Age 15 with Nyla

    Season 6, Episode 22. When she was 15, Nyla moved from the US to Germany. It was supposed to be just for one year.


    Spoiler alert: it's been 6 years and counting!


    Nyla comes on the show to discuss how the temporary moved turned permanent, and what it was like moving abroad as a teenager. She had to learn the language from scratch and adjust to a new culture, all while those delightful teenage hormones are there messing with your emotions.


    From dating to drinking to getting your first job and finding your career, there have been many challenges and big life moments in Nyla's expat life, which may be just beginning.


     


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    • 40 min
    Life as a Single Mom in Germany with Tanya

    Life as a Single Mom in Germany with Tanya

    Season 6, Episode 21. Being a single mom ain't easy. Being an expat ain't easy. Being a single mom AND an expat? Yeah, it REALLY ain't easy.


    But it is possible. Tanya is here to tell us how.


    Tanya moved from California to Germany when her son was 2. She had been single parenting until that point, and initially when she moved abroad, her then-husband was able to provide support while Tanya adjusted to life in Germany. After she and he divorced, Tanya found herself facing single parenthood again, this time in a country that wasn't her own.


    She lays out the pros and cons of relying on Germany's robust social system for help with her kid. Plus, Tanya recently decided to do a test move back to the US, and she shares how being a single mom has played into that decision.


     


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    FIND TANYA



    Our previous episode together, "Weltschmerz and Culture Shock"


    Her website


     


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    • 38 min
    Breadwinning Female Expats: A Study with Kate

    Breadwinning Female Expats: A Study with Kate

    Season 6, Episode 20. Did you know that 80% of expats who moved abroad for work are male? Often, men get relocated for their work and their wives or partners to come with.


    Kate has been working with and studying expat partners, or trailing spouses, who tend to be women, for years. Lately, she got curious about that other 20% - the women who moved abroad for their jobs, sometimes with their husbands or partners as the trailing spouse.


    Thus launched a research project about the breadwinning female expats. After lots of research, interviews, and analysis, the study results are here! Kate shares with us all about her research method and the conclusions she's found about who these women are, what their motivations are, how they incorporated family planning into things, and why there aren't more breadwinning female expats.


     


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    FIND KATE


    Our previous episodes together, "Expat Partners" and "Repatriating During a Pandemic"


    Her website, SharetheLove.blog


    Download the study, The Thriving Female Expat


    Instagram @SharetheLove.Blog


     


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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Sara in Germany ,

Connection During COVID

We moved to a small town in Germany from the US in August 2020. I found the Expat Cast during the winter lockdown of 2021. It made me feel connected to others during an isolating time. Nicole does a great job creating an informal conversation with other expats that makes you feel a part of the conversation. I highly recommend for anyone considering a move to Germany or already here. I learn something new in each episode!

Tom 3 In Japan ,

Amazing and Comprehensive

The Expat Cast is an amazing podcast that covers everything from relationships, learning a language, preparing to travel abroad, the confusion of whether to stay or not, and more.

Nicole brings a light-hearted and humurous take on the good times and the bad times of living abroad as an expat.

Ping Robert ,

Thanks for the inspiration.

Hi, Nicole, this is Ping from Chai with Ping. I'm a Taiwanese living in Denver, CO. Thanks for inpiring me. When I first started my podcast on immigrants, you were the only reference I had. I truly appreciate your honesty and the enthusiasm in making the show and I learned some much about crossculture perspectives even I'm not in Germany. Keep up the good work!!!!

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