Fresh start: Moving to Germany
Things to know and do when you are moving to Germany to ensure a smooth transition. Here is my checklist:
Moving to Germany
Did you move to Germany hoping to have better opportunities and a better life for yourself and your family? I’m sure you’re excited but it can also be scaring and confusing. Don’t worry, keep reading!
Change is difficult
At every step of my journey from India to Germany, there were things to be learned. It wasn’t easy but getting out of your cozy comfort zone rarely is. Change is SO difficult, it requires you to be courageous, step out of your comfort zone and do things you’ve never done before. So it’s easy to stay there, safe, without any surprises or excitement. But if you step out over the line, magic happens. We get influenced by the things we experience and inspired by the people we meet.
In order to ensure a smooth transition from your home country to Germany, I can recommend doing a few things.
Here is my five point checklist for moving to Germany:
- Read up about the place you are moving to or have moved to. What paperwork do you need to take care of? Which residential areas have good infrastructure depending on your situation, for example, schools, access to public transport, etc.
- Try to find local groups and make friends: There are so many Facebook groups and apps for meeting new people. So you can get a head start by connecting with people who are like you and making some friends. If you have moved to Germany for work, the office might also be a good place to socialise initially so that you get some local insights. And who knows, maybe you find a great work buddy too
- Learn the language: even if your job is in English and most people here speak at least some English, it is worth it to learn some basic German. There are a lot of German language schools that offer a variety of classes to fit the busy schedules of working people, or you can try an App like Duolingo. The key to learning German is constantly practicing what you learn.
- Explore the city and travel: if it is possible, I would suggest you explore the city you’ve moved to and check out museums, parks, cafes and shops. This way you will find the places you love and become “yours”, which will help you settle in sooner.
- Benefits for your family and you: there are a lot of benefits available in Germany. There are a lot of resources available for new arrivals to find this information. In case you have children or are planning to have some soon, you can avail of financial benefits too. You can explore my tutorials or book a one on one session with me.
You are so brave for taking this step. Congratulations!
If you’re expecting a baby or have a newborn, get my online tutorials now to learn about all the benefits available to you!
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