We are currently building this section of our site to feature real life experiences of Expat mums living in various regions of Germany. If you are thinking of relocating to Germany or are interested in family life in another region then look no further than this interview section where we will be speaking to numerous mums across Germany. They share with us relocation & birth stories, schooling and the general ups & downs of life with kids in their region.
Please use the left hand navigation to read our current interviews
If you are a Mum in Germany, we would love to interview you, so please do not hesitate to contact us
"My eldest daughter is starting Grundschule this fall, so we are still pretty uninitiated; but overall my impression has been good, albeit sometimes a bit surprised! We had the option of putting our daughter into the local international school at our employer’s expense, but decided that we wanted her to be fully immersed in the language and culture. It also makes life a great deal easier to send her around the corner, rather than commuting to the international school. My advice to anyone moving here who decides to put their children into the German system would be to be patient, and when things seem different or strange from what you would expect back home to just remember that Germany has of of the best school systems in the world." (KdL April 2013)
"A definite advantage is being able to make the most of Munichs fantastic location, we are close to so many things here. If its raining in Munich, we can drive a couple of hours and be in Italy! Disadvantages? I guess the usual language barrier initially, this becomes less of a problem the more lessons you have and the longer you are here however!" (Emma May 2013)
"Nobody prepared us for the fact that almost no English speaking offers were available for young kids & their mums when we relocated to Munich. It was hard to find any activities in English which we wanted attend in order to make sure that our kids keep their English warm. Luckily this has changed in the meantime." (CVM and SBW May 2013)
"There are so many wonderful benefits from being part of an international community. We try to take all the best bits from each of our cultures to enhance our lives and I think this has made us open to new opportunities and broadened our minds. For our son, the fact he speaks both English and German and has family in both countries the advantages are endless. I can see this already when he is conversing with other kids in the Kita and the experiences that he´s already had. Over time the disadvantages that I encountered in the initial stages of moving here are forgotten and are over shadowed by the wonderful advantages we have in our lives." (LJB, March 2014)
"I am an expat mum (Dutch, married an American) living in Berlin and I have lots of experience traveling / touring as a family. My husband works for an international theater company called Blue Man Group and that has taken us many places. Every time you travel to a new place there is the fun of figuring out where you are and what there is for you and your child. Doing the research on the internet and chatting with locals has been my life for many years and it is crucial to finding meaningful connections. Since last year we are excited to call Berlin our home! We've spent quite a bit of time here in the last 10 years (as this is where the company is based in Europe) and the city with everything it has to offer feels right for us as a family. Even with the challenges of finding your way through the German system, the quality of life for families is great. Our 6 year old started school last year and I am happy to say that we are feeling right at home,"