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Germany: Ten months, no money. What to do?

Germany: Ten months, no money. What to do?

Old Feb 8th 2007, 4:12 am
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Volker Hetzer
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Zubenelgenubi schrieb:
> You said you were working 12 hours a week for a school in Germany. How
> can you do that without a work permit?
I think she has one. There is no other way if she is working with a school.
We've got foreign (non EU) students over here too and a six month working visa
is no problem at all for us (medium IT company) so I think if the project
she's working for is arranged beforehand she's got a contract, visa and work
permission, even for the year.

Lots of Greetings!
Volker
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Old Feb 8th 2007, 4:27 am
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On Feb 8, 11:54 am, "Zubenelgenubi" <[email protected]> wrote:
> You said you were working 12 hours a week for a school in Germany. How
> can you do that without a work permit?

It's a program through the Fulbright institute - they haven't
mentioned a thing about needing a work permit (and they've mentioned a
billion other things I need, so I figure if I needed one they'd say
something). I'm not being hired directly by the school (it's all done
through the program), so I don't think I'd be able to make more money
by working more there either, though I'll certainly ask when I get
over there. To answer another poster's question, I graduated college
last year and haven't applied to grad schools yet, so I don't think
I'm technically a student, though I believe I'm young enough (21) to
qualify for youth rates on things that offer those rather than student
rates. And in reply to the same poster, questions about Bush
shouldn't be a problem: I have strong feelings regarding that
myself. ;-) Can't wait until the 2008 elections...

Thank you to all who've replied - this is really helpful. Freelance
translation or one-on-one lessons sound like they could be really
useful, if I could get into them. Any more advice (on that or
anything) is much appreciated!

Leah
 
Old Feb 8th 2007, 4:36 am
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HeiligeGlut
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On Feb 8, 7:52 am, Martin Bienwald <[email protected]> wrote:

> What are you interested in? Germany may look small on a globe but still
> has many more interesting sights than one could probably manage to see
> even in ten months. Architecture - old or modern? Country scenery? Shopping?
> Theater? Music? Sports? ...
>
> Make friends with the locals and ask them for their recommendations.
> You might see some interesting things not mentioned in any guide book.
>
> ... Martin

I have very broad interests. Mmm, wild nightlife doesn't really
interest me, and I won't have any money for shopping (I'd rather spend
any excess I manage on travelling around as much as possible), but
other than that, I'm really curious about practically anything.
 
Old Feb 8th 2007, 5:00 am
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On 8 Feb 2007 09:27:57 -0800, "HeiligeGlut" <[email protected]> wrote:


>Thank you to all who've replied - this is really helpful. Freelance
>translation or one-on-one lessons sound like they could be really
>useful, if I could get into them. Any more advice (on that or
>anything) is much appreciated!

You might try contacting John or Margaret and see if he can advise you
further:

http://www.t-english.com/efl/index.htm



Keith, Bristol, UK
 
Old Feb 8th 2007, 7:25 am
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HeiligeGlut schrieb:
> Okay, here's my situation: I'm a 21-year-old American female, just
> finished my degree in German. I'm in a program to go live in a German
> town for ten months (give or take) to be an English teaching assistant
> at a local school (so I'll be there throughout the school year,
> roughly August to June, I think). They'll pay my air fare over and
> back, plus 750 euros a month to live on. I'll be working about 12
> hours a week at the school. I'll have little to no money of my own to
> take over (just finished working my way through school, so I'm broke).
>
> My questions, then:
> How much is it going to cost me to live? I'd be happy with a room in
> someone's attic, if I could find one, so think bare minimum
> requirements for that question. Assume also that I'll probably be in
> a smallish town and probably also in the former East.
> What's the cheapest way to travel around? Are Eurail passes worth
> it? I'll probably be staying in Germany mostly (due both to finances
> and preference), so would a Deutschbahn card be better?
> What should I do? Any suggestions are welcome. Things to see, stuff
> to try, etc.
> How hard is it to pick up a couple of hours a week working somewhere
> to make some extra cash? I hear it's really hard to get working
> papers in Germany if you're not German - will I be in big trouble if I
> work illegally?
>
> Essentially, I've got ten months in Germany and a VERY limited
> budget. Any advice would be appreciated.
>

I'm not entirely up to date but if you have student status, then you're
entitled to work. You could also work up to 2 years taxfree as well.
However, it sounds like your main problem will be to get set up- try and
borrow a little cash to tide you over the first month. You may need it
to pay things like deposit on rentals.
In theory at least apartments in Eastern Germany should be cheap, as
there are a vast number standing empty because the population moved
west. There may be cheap housing from the local housing authority.
Quite possibly other teachers at the school can help you with housing.

BTW One question, when you say they will pay you ?750 a month, who are
"they"?

I believe there are some forums on the net for people doing exactly
what you are doing, try googling TEFL and see what comes up. I just came
up with this one, don't know if it's any good, but the topics look
like the right kind of thing: www.tefl-germany.de

When I was younger, so much younger than today, I used to hang out
with a crowd of TEFL teachers in Duesseldorf. We had a great time even
though no-one had any money. And I met my future wife as well...

T.
 
Old Feb 8th 2007, 7:29 am
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Erick T. Barkhuis schrieb:
> Alfred Molon:
>> In article <[email protected]> , Erick T.
>> Barkhuis says...
>>
>>> In Germany, that would require you to start an official business first,
>>> by means of a "Gewerbeanmeldung" at the local community.
>> Are you sure a freelance translator has to register a "Gewerbe"?
>
> Ah well, you're right, it depends :-)
> A translator in the _publishing_ business can opt for a status as
> "Freiberufler".
>

A tricky business, this "freiberufler" stuff. Even if you get away
with not paying "Gewerbesteuer", the tax office can change its mind
about your status any time and demand payment of tax arrears. I've seen
it happen to people I know. Ouch.

T.
 
Old Feb 8th 2007, 9:30 am
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We live near Paris, France. I am a BIG Bush supporter and I am proud
to admit it. I talk politics all the time with the French. Do you plan
to come to Germany and bad mouth the President?
 
Old Feb 8th 2007, 10:05 am
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-Dave Smith
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Zubenelgenubi wrote:
>
> We live near Paris, France. I am a BIG Bush supporter and I am proud
> to admit it. I talk politics all the time with the French. Do you plan
> to come to Germany and bad mouth the President?

Wow. You could have been one of the Frenchmen cheering the arrival of the
Germans.
 
Old Feb 8th 2007, 3:37 pm
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HeiligeGlut
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On Feb 8, 5:30 pm, "Zubenelgenubi" <[email protected]> wrote:
> We live near Paris, France. I am a BIG Bush supporter and I am proud
> to admit it. I talk politics all the time with the French. Do you plan
> to come to Germany and bad mouth the President?

That isn't my plan. However, if someone asks my views while I am in
Germany, I will be candid with them, much as I would be if I were in
America or anywhere else. However, while I enjoy a good political
discussion, the point of this thread is for advice on my German
situation. If you'd like to talk politics (in a friendly way, of
course - I really hate arguing), feel free to e-mail me.

Keith and Tom, thank you for the links - it looks like those will
provide me with plenty of useful reading material. :-) It looks, from
what I can tell, that you can get into big trouble with back taxes and
so forth if you make the wrong moves, so I guess I'm going to have to
be very careful.

When I say "they will pay me 750 a month," I mean that the program I
am doing this through (I applied through the Fulbright Commission, and
I believe my German overseer is the Paedagogischer Austauschdienst)
will be providing me with a 750/month stipend (plus air fare and the
apparently-mandatory health insurance on top of the 750).

Thank you all,

Leah
 
Old Feb 8th 2007, 6:22 pm
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Erick T . Barkhuis
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Tom Peel:
> Erick T. Barkhuis schrieb:
> > Alfred Molon:
> >> In article <[email protected]> , Erick T.
> >> Barkhuis says...
> >>
> >> Are you sure a freelance translator has to register a "Gewerbe"?
> >
> > A translator in the _publishing_ business can opt for a status as
> > "Freiberufler".
> >
>
> A tricky business, this "freiberufler" stuff. Even if you get away
> with not paying "Gewerbesteuer", the tax office can change its mind
> about your status any time and demand payment of tax arrears.

Exactly. And what's more important: as long as your business income is
less than about 25.000 euro it's moot, because the paid Gewerbesteuer
will be deducted from the income tax that you're charged.

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Old Feb 8th 2007, 8:44 pm
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-Martin
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On Fri, 9 Feb 2007 08:22:21 +0100, Erick T. Barkhuis
<[email protected]> wrote:

>Tom Peel:
>> Erick T. Barkhuis schrieb:
>> > Alfred Molon:
>> >> In article <[email protected]> , Erick T.
>> >> Barkhuis says...
>> >>
>> >> Are you sure a freelance translator has to register a "Gewerbe"?
>> >
>> > A translator in the _publishing_ business can opt for a status as
>> > "Freiberufler".
>> >
>>
>> A tricky business, this "freiberufler" stuff. Even if you get away
>> with not paying "Gewerbesteuer", the tax office can change its mind
>> about your status any time and demand payment of tax arrears.
>
>Exactly. And what's more important: as long as your business income is
>less than about 25.000 euro it's moot, because the paid Gewerbesteuer
>will be deducted from the income tax that you're charged.

Do you have to pay tourist tax, Erick? Two Leiderdorp hotels are refusing to pay
their tourist tax after being charged EUR 86,000 tourist tax by the gemeente.
--

Martin
 
Old Feb 8th 2007, 9:13 pm
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Erick T . Barkhuis
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Martin:

> Do you have to pay tourist tax, Erick?

Nope. Neither do my guests.
They'll have to rafrain from wearing sunglasses, shorts and a camera,
though. :-)


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Old Feb 8th 2007, 9:13 pm
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Erick T . Barkhuis
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Erick T. Barkhuis:

> They'll have to rafrain from ...

'refrain', of course.
 
Old Feb 8th 2007, 10:16 pm
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Zubenelgenubi
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Nothing you say adds up. Du bist ein troll. Zieh Leine Arschgeige!
 
Old Feb 8th 2007, 10:23 pm
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Zubenelgenubi
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You said you can't wait for the 2008 elections, who do you think will
be the Presidential candidates?
 

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