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Life in Germany, as seen through the eyes of outsiders (previously called "Expat Life Germany").

The Germany Experienc‪e‬ Shaun Behrens

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

Life in Germany, as seen through the eyes of outsiders (previously called "Expat Life Germany").

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

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

    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 suddenly feel like you're...

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

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

    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 joined by Ivan from Bulgaria...

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

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

    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 conditions of expatriates and their...

    • 37 min
    Cost of living in Germany in 2021 (Jen from Simple Germany)

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

    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 Simple Germany. She joins me to...

    • 1 hr 25 min
    SEGEPADFO charity challenge wrap-up, and when The Germany Experience will be back

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

    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 this update episode. Plus:...

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

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

    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 she loves German barbecue...

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

robinia1 ,

Interesting interviews and insight into life in Germany

We’re in the very early stages of preparing for our move to Germany and this podcast has helped me feel much less nervous it. I love the variety of guests you interview and listening to their perspectives. The conversations are never too serious or too superficial just a satisfying mix that is enjoyable and educational to listen to. Thank you!

Judycliff ,

50 Years Later

I love hearing these interviews, and comparing the experiences of modern-day expats with mine from the year I spent in Germany in the late 1960’s. Shaun and his guests approach the subject of adapting to life in Germany with humor, exceptional insight, and a display of sentiment. Thanks to all of them for sharing with Shaun’s listeners!!

bethegg ,

Excellent podcast!

Each episode has something that speaks to me... I love it! I found the Fasching episode interesting because not all of us are big fans of it. There are pros and cons to wherever you live. Dankeschön 😊

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