Jobs Abroad in Berlin, Germany

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Working Abroad in Berlin


20 Jobs Abroad Programs in Berlin, Germany

International TEFL Academy

Interested in teaching English within beautiful Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and dozen of other cities throughout Germany? Paid English teaching positions are available throughout Munich and Germany for those who are TEFL/TESOL certified. A job teaching English in Germany is a fantastic way to live overseas and get paid to travel the world! Armed with an International TEFL Academy TEFL/TESOL cert...

Au Pair in Germany

Do you want to travel and earn money at the same time! Add to that great combo a loving host family where you will have all of your meals, a private bedroom and all the support you need. You can have all of this and more when you become an AuPair in Germany. Some of our au pairs tell us the bond they form with their host family can last a lifetime. As an AuPair you can participate in family...

Au Pair in Germany

As an au pair, you will live as a member of your German host family, providing a maximum of 30 hours of child care per week. Some of your duties while you live in Germany may include dropping the children off and picking them up from school, interacting and playing with the children, helping them with their homework, helping to keep their rooms clean and cooking light meals for them. Each Germa...

Spain Internship

Work as a Call Agent in Berlin. The placement is offered at a company working with B2B, providing feedback systems that aim to create customer loyalty and increase the sales. Partner companies are able to evaluate their services using the system. Tasks: - Take responsibility for clarification of payment differences and examination of claims - Take charge of customer queries regarding inv...

Independent Work Abroad in Germany

The Independent Work Abroad Program in Germany provides work authorization for students enrolled at U.S. universities and colleges. Enrolled students from Canada and non-U.S. students attending accredited U.S. colleges and universities are also eligible. Participants find their own host companies and negotiate the terms of employment. Programs start individually, usually at the beginning of ...

Outdoor Programs Specialist Internship

Camp Europe offers a 3-month & a 6-month Outdoor Programs Specialist Internship, through which you will obtain a handful of intensive outdoor activities training, plus a varied outdoor education topic-related instruction courses and avant-garde leadership sessions, allowing you to obtain a high valued diploma, and an unforgettable life experience. By participating in any of these mid-term in...

Consider a Career as a U.S. Diplomat

Discover how you can become vital to ensuring the advancement of foreign affairs and pave the way to an exciting career. The U.S. Department of State is dedicated to protecting and strengthening America's interests abroad and at home and you can help. Foreign Service professionals abroad and our Civil Service employees in the U.S. work on challenging issues each day dealing with foreign policy ...

Adventure Travel Trip Leader

Backroads, the World's #1 Active Travel company, is seeking seasonal Trip Leaders to lead and support our luxury biking, walking, & multisport vacations worldwide. Backroads Trip Leaders would have the opportunity to work in any number of our destinations around the world! Candidates must be fun, personable and active. They must be committed to the highest level of service and possess a z...

Au Pair in Germany

Going to Germany as an au pair is a great opportunity to improve in this important language. Au Pays Des Langues has selected very reliable partners and have a sister office in Koln. Applicants must have some knowledge of German. An intermediate level in English is appreciated. A minimum of 2 references is required.

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Working Abroad in Berlin

Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany. While not as prosperous financially as some cities of the former West Germany, which developed entirely outside of the Iron Curtain, the spirit of rebellion and cultural richness which has risen from Berlin’s tumultuous history make it a truly fascinating and exciting place to work abroad. If you are looking to work in a relatively affordable European city where there is no shortage of intrigue and entertainment, then landing a job in Berlin could be the adventure of a lifetime.

Jobs in Berlin

Finding a job in Berlin can be competitive for foreigners, but a step in the right direction is making an effort to learn the German language. Many Germans speak English as a second language, but German is the language of business, and to find real success in most fields you should be at least conversational. Learning to speak with locals beyond the workplace will also unlock a whole side of Berlin that you could not otherwise tap into.

There are some jobs in Berlin that do not require you to speak German. Many work abroad programs help foreigners organize temporary employment in Berlin, and the easiest positions to come by are in education and childcare. Teaching English and becoming an au pair are both great ways to pick up some cash while living and working in Berlin for one or two years. Working in Berlin will no doubt be a fun and rewarding experience associating with locals in an interactive setting.

For those interested in finding full-time employment in Germany, Berlin is gaining a reputation as a great city for start ups, and indeed is already quite influential in cutting edge industries such as technology, engineering, and pharmaceuticals. There are many prestigious international businesses and research institutions in Berlin which seek to hire foreign employees, so if you have the qualifications then this can be a very fruitful point of entry into the job market.

Life in Berlin

History breathes life into the streets of Berlin. From the Brandenburg Gate to the Holocaust Memorial to the the graffiti-ridden remains of the Berlin Wall, the city brandishes its checkered past as a reminder of the dark days behind it and the brighter future to come. There is still a very distinguishable difference between the feel of East and West Berlin, most noticeably in the architecture and level of infrastructural development, but in the decades since the Wall was torn down this gap has gradually been bridged. What you will find today is a very modern city with leading global institutions and a hodgepodge of unique countercultural influences.

The whole city is connected very well by a dense network of underground metros and above ground rail systems, making travel within Berlin and across Germany efficient and easily affordable. Take advantage of the transportation system to explore as much of this city as possible while working in Berlin – the city will never cease to surprise you with newly discovered cultural treasures. From museums to parks to opera houses to sporting venues, and with a large variety of festivals running year round, it is impossible to run out of exciting things to do as an expat in Berlin.

Salary & Affordability

Obviously salaries will vary depending on the job you find in Berlin. If you are moving to start a permanent career abroad, then you will likely receive greater compensation than if you are working in Berlin only temporarily as part of a working holiday program. Many jobs in Germany offer great benefits to employees (i.e. extended paid vacation), and temporary programs will often compensate workers with some combination of meals and housing.

More good news is that Berlin is a fairly affordable city to live in, especially by European standards. Since it remained divided during the communist era, one half of the city did not develop nearly as rapidly and in a way Berlin is still playing catch up. Costs of living in Berlin are by no means dirt cheap, but you will manage to save a lot more money than if you were working abroad in other leading European cities, such as Paris or London.

Accommodation & Visas

The big decision is whether to live in East or West Berlin. Real estate in East Berlin is certainly cheaper, and there is a fun counterculture vibe in this part of the city that makes it an interesting place to live. West Berlin is more developed and more expensive, however still quite affordable if you wish to live in a more luxurious location. You might have the best luck renting out a single room in a larger flat when you first move to Berlin, and then take time to survey the city to feel out which location suits you best.

You will need a work visa endorsed by your employer to work abroad in Berlin (unless you are a citizen of the EU, in which case labor laws permit you to work in other European countries more fluidly). You can also apply for a special visa, which will allow you to move to Berlin before you find a job, which might be a better option for those not working in Berlin through an employment program. Different visa policies apply to different countries. For more specific details about Germany’s visa policy toward your home country, consult GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory.

Benefits & Challenges

Working abroad in Berlin will be the adventure of a lifetime and expose you to life in one of Europe’s most exciting and historically important cities. Germans are a very hardworking and industrious people, and it will be a rewarding challenge to find success in Berlin whatever your field of interest. You will be hard-pressed to find a more enriching modern city to live as an expat than Berlin – now get out there and start applying for jobs!

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