New City, new country: Relocation – do it yourself!

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Relocation

You want to move with your family?

First, there is a difference between moving with infants and moving with teenagers. However, no matter how old your children are, you get child benefit in Germany.
For infants it is important to join a kindergarten, after moving to a new country. This makes it easier for them to integrate and to find new friends. They learn the new language fastest while playing with children of their age.
In Germany it is compulsory for children between the age of 6 and 16 to attend school.

If you are moving with teenagers – involve them in decisions from the beginning. It will be difficult for them to leave their friends behind; therefore, they need to identify themselves with the decisions taken related to the move.

Important decisions for them are:
Which school to attend?
Where to live?
What sports to do?
Other leisure activity clubs to follow?

Your integration will be successful only, if your children feel integrated as well.

Outlook for the next part of the series: Relocation with a Blue Card EU

New City, new country: Relocation – do it yourself!

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Relocation

You want to work in Berlin, Munich or Stuttgart and you are coming from an EU Member State?

When moving to Germany in order to work here, the most important question is whether your qualifications are accepted.
In the recognition procedure, the relevant competent authority will check whether your foreign professional or vocational qualification is equivalent to a German qualification. The equivalence check takes place on the basis of stipulated formal criteria such as content and duration of training. Any relevant occupational experience you may have is also taken into account. You must be able to show that you have completed a professional or vocational qualification which was not obtained in Germany.
European Centre for Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOD) had designed an European self-assessment grid for language skills and digital competence.

Online relocation tools can support you with this. Most effective are online tools which take into account your individual facts. You just need to provide the system with information about your work status, qualifications and skills; the online tool will then provide a step-by-step path with all steps you need to take. One such online tool is Gohelp.y.

Outlook for the next part of the series: Relocation with children. What is important when moving with children?

New City, new country: Relocation – do it yourself!

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Relocation

You got a job offer in foreign country? You are not sure to take the job, because it seems you have tons to organize beforehand, in a foreign country? There is no need for worries!! Take the job, don’t worry about relocation in the foreign country. It is a great opportunity for you. You can manage your own relocation with help of an online tool.

But first: What is relocation and what is important?
You need to ask yourself the most important questions of:

  • Where do I want to live and what is my budget?
  • What do I need to do administration-wise?
  • Are my language skills sufficient? – Where can I improve my language skills?
  • How can I build a new social life in the new city? What do I want to do in my leisure time?

As soon as you answered these questions for yourself you need to think of what to start with. Which order is best for the steps you need to take? Thinking about this is important to prevent unforeseen chaos and disappointments; some administrative steps need to be taken in a specific order. The amount of the steps you need to take depends on your profile and your personal circumstances.

Online relocation tools can support you with this. Most effective are online tools which take into account your individual facts. You just need to provide the system with information about your circumstances, status and preferences; the online tool will then provide a step-by-step path with all steps you need to take. One such online tool is Gohelp.y.

Outlook for the next part of the series: Relocation as a worker – what does this mean specifically?

Berlin ePrix- Formel E in Berlin

Formel E the Berlin ePrix starts on sunday 21st of May. It’s venues is switched for this second race. Last year Formel E race was at Tempelhofer Airport. But today for season two, a new track has been created in the Mitte district of the German capital. The 2-kilometre track, which has historic Alexanderplatz and the TV tower as a stunning backdrop features 11 turns and winds its way around Strausberger Platz and towards Alexanderplatz with the pitlane on Karl-Marx-Allee.

The tickets for the race are almost sold out. There are only a few standing tickets left. .

The season one race was won by Lucas di Grassi on the road, but he was disqualified for a technical infringement, handing victory to Jerome D’Ambrosi.

Adventure Europe

Europe easy to understand in 30 minutes

New exhibition in „Europäischem Haus“ in Berlin. The exhibition is called „Europa verständlich in 30 Minuten“ and is designed by  European Parliament and European Commission.
The exhibition “Erlebnis Europa” – adventure Europe – gives you insights of work and history of the European Union and, day-to-day life in other EU-countries.

The European Parliament and European Commission founder of this exhibition, want to help inhabitants of European countries to understand the EU better. Issue date is Mai, 14th in “Europäisches Haus”.

Exhibition venue: Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin
learn more: www.erlebnis-europa.de

Europe Day – Europe Week in Germany

Europe Day commemorates 9 May 1950, when the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, to help maintain peaceful relations between European countries. This proposal, known as the ‘Schuman declaration’, is considered to be the act that created what is now the European Union.

In Germnay the Europe day is celebrated from 30th of April to the 10th of May. In many cities different activities and events are organized. In Berlin the main event will happen on May  6th and 7th . More than 200 Europeans living in Berlin are invited to discuss about Europe in city hall of Berlin “Rotes Rathaus .

The main event in Stuttgart will be at May 6th.   A big cultural and political event called “Europaaktionstag” will be organized on the “Schlossplatz” of Stuttgart.

Munich celebrates the “Europa Woche” with many different events which will inform about Europe. Opening event is called “Europe must not break up”.  The Bavarian Minister of European Affairs Dr. Beate Merk invites to a discussion in a festive venue.