Quote from sara610
I am an Army wife and a nurse. My DH and I are trying to make the best decision regarding our next duty station with one of the choices being 1st Infantry or 1st Artillary Division in Germany. I need all the info I can get regarding working in Germany. Is it very hard to get on with the DOD as a civilian RN in a base hospital or clinic? What if I can't find a nursing job, how can an American girl survive in Germany - I only speak English! Please HELP!!!!!
Again, any info would be great!
Thanks in advance!
you're talkin' !!!
Sara.. I'm not sure about the opportunities to work as an RN there in the military hospitals, as so much has changed since I was in the AF many moons ago.. but I'll bet there are some folks here who could readily asnswer that for you.
But as far as "surviving" as an American girl over there and only speaking English.. well, I'm here to inform you that 99.9 % of Germans speak English, and quite competently. Feel better now?
As far as Germany itself, well, I' quite biased, of COURSE.. as I still consider it my "home". It is a beautiful country, so MUCH to see and do, many, fesitvals and much to explore. The Germans are more than willing to befriend you IF... IF
... they see YOU putting forth the effort as well. By that I mean in your wilingness to learn the language (doesn't matter HOW small.. just making the effort is what counts).. learning about the country and its culture, mingling with them in thier own setting.. (not merely hanging out with the Americans on base, etc.).. but getting OUT and taking an interest in the people themselves, and thier country.
Politically, most of them are quite liberal, and anti-war, but do not let that hinder you from befriending the locals. They are wise enough to take you for who YOU are, if you present yourself as simply a friend and not the "American"... understand what I mean?
As far as geography.. the southern part is by FAR more beautiful.. mountains, alps, cowbells, rolling green meadows.. lakes, chalets. Ppl there are "friendlier" there as well, and more relaxed, laid back.
Northeren Germany is very "citified", lots of factories, etc. Pppl all in a rush.. push, push, shove.
Be prepeared for the autobahn.,. yes, they DO drive at over 100mph there ! But they ALL do, so be prepared to get OUT of their way.. they'll falsh those lights at you in a heartbeat, and you had BETTER be moving over ! :chuckle
The food is awesome. You must be willing to try ! You can ALWAYS pm me from there, and I'll translate the menus for you !
The Rhine River Valley is breathtaking with all its castles, etc.. do some bus tours, etc. over there. The Mosel, the Danube.. all of these and the surrounding vicinities are so lovely. Another benefit is you are only hours away from France, England, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Netherlands.. you can see so MUCH in so little time !
Let me know what you all decide, and SHOULD you end up going to Germany, by all means keep in touch.. I'll be your "virtual tour guide" !