Desperate for help...

Travel Forums Europe Desperate for help...

1. Posted by TRENT13 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


>I am a 28 year-old guy living in Kentucky and I have never even been out of the >United States . My dream is to live abroad for a year or so in
> Germany or any other place in Europe would be ok. I do not have a degree and this >presents a very daunting task if not impossible altogether to find work in Germany by
> myself. I have no contacts in Germany and was wondering if someone
> like yourself could help me out. I am getting frustrated as ever
> avenue I have ventured ends in a dead end. I have sent out hundreds
> of emails to various hotels,pubs,,etc with no success. I think I could teach English to >adults who already know a little bit of English too. It seems
> that the only way I will succeed in achieving my dream of living
> abroad in Germany would be if someone just "gave" me a job to help
> me out because I realize there wouldnt be a need for a foreigner
> without a degree. I am getting ever so close to resorting to
> gravelling. Any help you could provide would be greatly
> appreciated. Keep in mind I would be willing to do any type of jobs
> like sweeping floors,washing dishes,whatever. I am beginning to
> think that only the rich get to see the world while the have-nots
> see the world through
> others' blogs and movies/t.v. While I never expect to be rich, it
> would be nice to to see the world through my own two eyes and
> accumulate my own memories rather than reading about others'
> memories online. Sorry for the lengthy post....easy to get long-
> winded when desperate for help. Thanks for your time.
> -Brian Trent-


[ Edit: Sorry Brian but forum rules dictate that you should not post personal contact details - please use the messaging area ]

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Where there's a will, there's a way! The money can be scraped together; I know a lot of people that have managed it even without good salaries.

The degree shouldn't really matter for the type of jobs you'd be doing anyway. I just don't think you'll have much success applying for cleaning jobs from home. You just need to save a little to get you through the first month and a ticket and once you make it over, start job hunting in ernest. I've seen lots of people do this and it's all about your mindset. If you are willing to work most jobs you would be fine.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Brian - work permit issues aside, you're much more likely to find a job in Europe by being here! There are lots of things you could do, like working in a campsite or a ski resort, where companies like to take on casual staff, but I doubt that they would think about giving a low-paid casual job to someone who was applying from the US to do it. If you were actually knocking on their door it might be a different prospect.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 15, 2007, at 1:38 AM by magykal1 ]

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Brian:)

I think it is easier than u now realise, to travel.
When u are here(I live in Germany) in person, I think it will be easier for you to get a job.
I have moved to 5 different countries to live in my life so far and found a job within the first week each time.
I think the pubs etc that u sent the emails to may just be a bit lazy, about sending letters and emails about any jobs they have on offer. I think u would have more luck, if u are already in Germany.

If u want to teach English, u could firstly get a TEFL qualification. As far as I know it only takes a week for native English speakers to get a qualification, to teach English as a foreign language.

When I first lived in Germany, I got a job on a US army base. I did not need to speak any Germany for it.

When u get to Germany, go to the Arbeitsamt(hope that is the correct spelling) of the town u are in. They have sections with advertisements for all types of jobs.

Dont worry. U dont need to be rich, to travel. I am not, and I have travelled in almost 40 countries.

Also, check if u can get a work permit, for Germany, before u move here.


5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

One of the best things about Germany for a US-citizen is the fact that the law allows you to come over without applying for a residence or work permit beforehand.

What you need to do is to save money while you are still in the US. You'll need approx. 4000 USD. Get yourself a cheap ticket across the Atlantic, either one-way with zoom or a return ticket from a regular airline that allows you to change the dates of your return flight. Best place to fly into would be London and then with a cheap budget flight to Berlin.

Once you are in Berlin (or any other city in Germany) you need to find a job. You will be allowed to do freelance work as a teacher in a language school or something similar without too much trouble once you got a letter from a potential employer. The people at have gone through the process and can give you tips.

The 4000 USD in your savings are necessary for you to survive the first three months in Germany. During this time you have time to find a job. Plus your immigration papers (applying for a residency and a work permit) will be need to be processed by the Ausländerbehörde (foreigner's office) before your 90 days of visa free stay are up. At the end you either hold a job and get a residency permit or you will need to fly home.

Hope this was helpful.

BTW, there are countries where living is a lot cheaper. Cost of living for a year in Germany is approx. 9000 to 10,000 USD. Cost of living for a year in Egypt is 3500 to 4000 USD. Go figure.