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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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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.

    Resumes, Interviews, & Contract Negotiations in Germany with Jana from Meetra

    Resumes, Interviews, & Contract Negotiations in Germany with Jana from Meetra

    Season 5, Episode 19. Applying for jobs in a new country is difficult, not just because it follows completely different processes than your home country but also because of all the ways the job-hunt process is ripe with opportunity for cultural clashes.
    Jana is here to talk us through some of the most culture-clashy aspects of it: resume writing, interviewing, and contract negotiations. She gives concrete tips on how to navigate the process and how to prepare for unexpectedly challenging moments.
    For more information about the relocation process, listen to the episode The Relocation Industry.
     
    This episode is sponsored by MyExpatTaxes. Use the code EXPATCAST to save 10%!
     
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    A Mother-Daughter Reverse Expat Journey with Gabi & Elana

    A Mother-Daughter Reverse Expat Journey with Gabi & Elana

    Season 5, Episode 18. When she was in her early 20s, Gabi, from Hannover, Germany answered a newspaper ad to become an au pair in Georgia, USA. There, she met and married and had three kids. She made a conscious choice to raise her kids as American children. While they kept up some German traditions, the language and culture were always secondary to English and American culture.
    Her daughter, Elana, always had a curiosity about her German roots. When she was in her 20s, she moved to Germany to study, get fluent in German, and really get to know this part of her.
    In honor of Mother's Day, the mother-daughter duo is here to share how their reverse expat experiences have bonded them, and what intergenerational immigration means for their family.
     
    This episode is sponsored by SafetyWing. For 5% off your first year of remote health insurance with SafetyWing, click here.
     
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    TCKs, CCKs,and Preparing to Move Abroad as a Family with Anna

    TCKs, CCKs,and Preparing to Move Abroad as a Family with Anna

    Season 5, Episode 17. If you're in the expat community, you've probably seen the initials TCK pop up in Facebook groups, on Instagram, and more. It stands for Third Culture Kid, and Anna, today's guest, is one of them. 
    She's married to a CCK, a Cross-Culture Kid, and their kids, who've lived in many countries before settling into their passport country, are TCKs.
    Anna works as an expat coach specializing in TCKs and CCKs. She gives us a crash course on what they are, followed by a deep discussion of how to best prepare for a move abroad as a family, including how to support your kids through the changes, what families can proactively do pre- and post-move to help out the whole team, and why self-care is so important for expat partners.
    Read up on philosopher Barbara Knuckles' theory on identity formation.
    For more on expat partners or trailing spouses, listen to Expat Partners with Katharina.
     
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    Global Mobility Trainer
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    • 39 min
    Bad Days Abroad and the Big Question: To Stay or To Go?

    Bad Days Abroad and the Big Question: To Stay or To Go?

    Season 5, Episode 16. The wonderful parts of life abroad are easy to share: photos from a great vacation, an Instagram post of your latest delicious meal. What's harder to talk about is the bad days abroad.
    But fear not - there's a blog for that! Katherine started this blog while living in Denmark for 10 years. She grew up in Estonia and Switzerland, and after stints in Australia and New Zealand, Denmark was close to home geographically, but something wasn't right for her.
    Last year, Katherine found herself questioning whether she should stay in Denmark longer or move away, and if so, where. She listened to her inner voice, and it led her back to her passport country of Estonia. Nicole had a similar moment, but her inner voice told her to stay abroad in Germany. The two get into how they made these differing decisions and what made it clear to them that it was the right call.
     
    To view the career talk Nicole did with Meetra called Podcasting, Paperwork, and the Public Service, head over here.
     
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    Travel Germany: Berlin, Friedenau & Karlshorst with Marguerite

    Travel Germany: Berlin, Friedenau & Karlshorst with Marguerite

    Season 5, Episode 15. In the Travel Germany series, different places across Germany are featured in interviews with expats who relocated there. 
    Today, we learn about two Berlin neighborhoods: Friedenau and Karlshorst! Marguerite spent most of her life country hopping, but Berlin has captured her attention for 5 years and counting.In fact, it inspired her to start her blog, Berlin and Around, where she shares insider tips about Berlin.
    She tells us why this metropolis is so unendingly interesting, and she specifically gets into details about two of the neighborhoods that she's called home.
    To read all of her suggestions, visit the blog.
     
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    Mental Health Support for Moms Abroad with Johanna from Afloat

    Mental Health Support for Moms Abroad with Johanna from Afloat

    Season 5, Episode 14. It's not easy being a mom. It's not easy living abroad. When you combine both things, things can get really, really tricky.
    Johanna is a doula in Heidelberg, Germany. She's lived outside her home country of the US plenty, but moving abroad as a mom of two changed things for her. She shares her own expat story and explains the German social support systems, from pregnancy to entering school. Plus, she talks to us about Afloat, a non-profit she is the director of that helps provide mental health support for international moms.
     
    Webinar with Meetra: April 15, 2021 at 14:00 CET
     
    This episode is sponsored by Lingoda. Read more about them on the blog or sign up for the sprint with the code EXPATCAST for 10€ off!
     
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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!!!!

AimeeDT ,

A perfect introduction to life in Germany. And, the expats who choose to live here.

A big thanks to Nicole for an authentic take on life in Germany. It’s refreshing to hear about the good times, the likely challenges and the absolute hilarious antics that can ensue during life abroad. And, I’m grateful for the virtual introductions she regularly makes to other expats, from around the world, who call Germany home. It’s helpful to learn from each other – and feeling like we’re all on this amazing journey. Together.

_Iceboy_ ,

A great resource

Love the podcast and good vibes in each episode. Lots of helpful interviews with expats whose stories prepare listeners for unexpected challenges abroad. Thanks for the hard work you put in for this podcast.

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