Part of the experience of expat life is the fact that it gives you a lot of time to think - especially if you are still finding your feet and are searching for employment and waiting to hear back from agencies and companies. The whole expat experience also lends itself very well to being a subject for a blog - whether as a way to keep in touch with friends, ex-colleagues and families, or also to help document the time you spend in your new surroundings - this final category being very useful for people who might follow in your footsteps. A blog can also have a cathartic value - as a way of sharing your experience so that you don't feel so alone or even to give yourself a metaphorical pat on the back to show that you're really doing rather well living in a strange and foreign environment.
- Written by morgenhund
Vienna Expats first started supporting forum access using Tapatalk back in 2011, and with our new site migration we have continued this support to allow users to access the forums on the go via iOS and Android devices. Tapatalk is available for a small fee (around € 2.50) from the iTunes App store and the Android play store. Once installed, search for "Vienna Expats" (without a hyphen) in the list of forums in Tapatalk and then sign in.
The Private Messaging (PM) function of the forums is also supported by Tapatalk, and following the migration of the site, we have also increased the number of PMs that users can store - from 100 to 250.
- Written by morgenhund
One of the largest obstacles that Expats face, in Vienna, as well as elsewhere is the language barrier - while many are hired for English-speaking jobs in multinational companies, not being able to speak the local language of the land can make even the most routine of tasks (e.g. shopping, sending and collecting parcels, banking, travel) more difficult than they really are, and of course not being able to communicate in German can have drawbacks in that you find it more difficult to make friends within the local community - essential if you are here for the long haul, especially if you are not living in a cosmopolitan city like Vienna. For some people, spouses and nationalities, a lack of proficiency in German can also considerably hamper their prospects with regard to finding a job in Vienna and their prospects for getting particular types of visas and permits necessary for staying in Austria.
- Written by morgenhund
"You don't need a critic to tell you people aren't laughing." - Chris Rock
Introducing to Vienna the first and only international english speaking Stand-up Comedy Club (Open Mic). Events are organised every Sunday evening and are intended for everybody with or without a sense of humour. The only requirement is to speak English and be in a fun mood.
How does it work?
As already mentioned above, every guest is entitled to 5 minutes of fame, meaning to stand on stage and share his/her humour with the crowd. We encourage everybody to prepare a funny script at home and then present it on stage.
Entrance fee: 5€ (Welcome shot included to bring out the humour).
(Addresses, dates and times of events can be found on our Facebook Group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VSUCC)
- Written by Vienna Stand-Up Comedy Club
As summer draws to a close for another year - and the outdoor venues pull down their shutters at the end of the season, all is not lost. The golden season comes first – the season of young wine, pumpkins, goose and early Christmas markets. We all know and love Austrian wine, cheap and cheerful, sophisticated and full-bodied. Wine lovers are spoiled for choice here but even those that do not drink wine have their special wine-season. Blackboards around town and in the outlying districts announce that it is "Sturmzeit".
- Written by _kat_
There are first time expats, as well as second or third time expats, but there are also life-long expats. The more often you change the country the easier it is to accommodate and adapt. You become very flexible and changes stop mattering to you. On the other hand you also notice difficulties slowly turning up as you return for short periods to your country of origin. You wonder what is wrong? Your horizons are wider, your experiences are different than those of people who stayed at “home” in your country of origin. It can reach a point where you need a change every now and then, otherwise the life gets boring, but at the same time you have a strong wish for stability. Does this sound familiar to you?
Life-long expats are adults with many years of assignments abroad, but also children of expats growing up in different countries and who as adults are now searching for a country in which to settle down. It is not always easy, but it is possible, especially for open-minded people like you.
- Written by Coaching You
My experience of working as an Au-pair in Austria was very unexpected and wonderful. It was a great way whilst being a poor student at university to experience life living in a foreign country and to delve into a different culture. I was placed with a couple and their 12 year old girl in Vienna, who I looked after and taught English to during a two month summer period which proved to be very rewarding. My host family couldn’t have been better to me! They were welcoming and accommodating from the moment I arrived and they did there utmost best to make me feel like part of the family and we agreed on days/ hours I would be working per week so there was no confusion which gave me a good amount of free time to have a social life and explore the city without any confusion.
- Written by petitlapin