To help our students and graduates make a smooth transition to their new lives teaching English abroad, we've enlisted our ITA Ambassadors to provide us with insider facts and tips for making the most of life in major cities around the globe like Berlin.
Whether it's finding an English-speaking doctor, opening a bank account, or simply finding a supermarket where you can find the odd comfort food from home (peanut butter!), our ambassadors have actionable on-the-ground-tips to help you feel at home in your new home city. Please note that things change and we will do our best to keep these "Fact Sheets" updated over time and that current and future ambassadors will continue to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.
Meet our Berlin Ambassador!
|Visa Type||Work Visa|
|North American Comfort Food Locations||
I'm about trying new foods, but sometimes it's nice to have American comfort food, which is why I love shopping at these two grocery stores! There are plenty of them throughout Berlin, and you can typically find one in each neighborhood.
The number one way to get around is public transportation. Berlin is an enormous city with roughly 3.6 million people, so traffic can be horrendous. I recommend buying an unlimited monthly transport pass for 80€.
Biking is also very popular in Berlin and can be a good alternative to public transport.
|Hospitals & Doctors (English Speaking)||
1. Charite Campus Mitte: Chariteplatz 1 10117
|Beauty Supply Stores, Hairdressers & Barbers||African Beauty Shop
Sesenheimer Strasse 16 10627 Berlin, Germany
|Bank Account Location||
ComDirect: Online bank, no brick and mortar locations.
Some restaurants I like to frequent are:
Some places I enjoy visiting during my free time include:
Wilma: Cozy Irish bar in the Wedding neighborhood.
|Permanent Housing Resources||
I used this amazing website to find a flat: www.wg-gesucht.de
|Expat Community Resources||
I've met one other expat from the U.S. through the ITA Alumni Germany Facebook Group.
MeetUp and expat pages on Facebook are a great way to meet people!
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- Teaching English in Germany: Country Profile
- How Can Americans Get a Work Visa to Teach English in Germany?
- Getting a Work Permit to Teach English in Germany
- Trust Me, It's Worth It - Teaching English in Germany!
- Germany Alumni Facebook Group: Only enrolled students & alumni may post, but anybody can check out the conversation between ITA grads teaching English in Germany on a wide array of topics from job tips and apartment hunting to recreational activities & social meet-ups.