Now Hiring: Part-Time German Teachers!

We have an exciting opportunity at the German School Phoenix! We have openings for part-time German teaching positions for our Fall Semester. Read on if you’re interested or know someone who might be!

GSP is looking for teachers of all class levels – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. The ideal applicant should be a native/native-fluent German speaker with some experience teaching adults or children. We are looking for applicants who can engage our students in all aspects of the German language and culture in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. This is a great opportunity for retired or established teachers who want a side gig, or new or aspiring teachers who are just starting out!

Teachers can expect to work roughly 3 to 4 hours a week. Classes are held in-person at our location in Tempe, Arizona on Saturday mornings. Compensation is hourly depending on experience.

Fill out an application at the link below, or forward it to a friend! We look forward to hearing from you:

German School Phoenix Teaching Application

German School Updates!

It’s another blazing summer in the Valley of the Sun! Temperatures have reached over 115, eggs are cooking on sidewalks, and everyone’s just trying to make it through. The German School Phoenix has some pretty exciting updates!

  • The second half of our Summer Conversational Classes are well under way and everyone’s having a blast! These classes are conversational only, with the intention for students to have fun and use the skills developed in regular classes.
Get ready for in-person German Classes again!
Get ready for in-person German Classes again!
  • We are getting close to the start of our Fall Semester on August 21st! Classes will be held in-person at our regular location. The date to pay tuition without a late fee is fast approaching on July 22nd.
  • We’ve recently had the pleasure of hiring a local Marketing Assistant to take GSP to the next level! Her name is Ruth Brown and she lives in Glendale, AZ with her four dogs. She’ll be helping GSP with some new events and programs. Feel free to reach out to her by emailing ruth@germanschoolphoenix.org.

Most exciting of all, we can’t wait to see you in the Fall! Stay tuned for more updates.

Now Hiring: Local Marketing Assistant

German School Phoenix, Tempe, Arizona

The German School Phoenix is actively looking for a marketing specialist to join the staff of this well-established German-language program. Emphasis will be on assisting with the marketing efforts of the school in collaboration and in concert with the Marketing Manager.

The ideal candidate will assist with marketing programs. The candidate will create materials as directed by the Marketing Manager and/or school leadership and coordinate with other staff to help brand awareness and generate more student registrations.

Job Description

  • Hours: 6-10 hours per week
  • Starting Date: June 1st, 2021
  • Location: work from home & on location
  • Compensation: $15/hr+ DOE

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing or equivalent experience

Experience

  • 1-2 years marketing experience

Sound interesting? Please send your CV and a cover letter to info@germanschoolphoenix.org — we look forward to hearing from you!

Now Hiring: Part-Time German Teacher

German School Phoenix, Tempe, Arizona

The German School Phoenix is looking for a native/native-fluent German speaker to join the staff of this well-established German-language program.
Emphasis will be on engaging adults or children of all ages in all aspects of German language and culture, all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

The ideal applicant should have a college/university degree and some experience teaching adults or children. A degree in German is desired, but not required. A background in teaching German as a second language is preferred. The German School Phoenix offers classes for all language level from absolute Beginner to Advanced conversational German.

Job Description

  • Hours: 2-4 hours per week; 2 hours between 10 am and 2:15 pm (2 hour classes)
  • Starting Date: As soon as possible
  • Location: work from home and/or on location
  • Compensation: hourly compensation; $30+/in-class hour (DOE)

Qualifications & Requirements

  • College/university degree
  • Native-level fluency in the German language (speaking, reading, writing, Grammar).

Experience

  • Experience teaching adults or children
  • German preferred
  • Passion for education, learning, German language and culture

Sound interesting? Please send your CV and a cover letter to info@germanschoolphoenix.org – we look forward to hearing from you!

Now Hiring: Executive Director

German School Phoenix, Tempe, Arizona

The German School Phoenix is actively looking for a native/native-fluent German speaker to join the staff of this well-established German-language program — more information at http://germanschoolphoenix.org . Emphasis will be on managing day-to-day activities of the school.

The ideal candidate will use a strategic mindset to drive the future success of the school by executing on its vision and mission. With responsibility for all program areas, the candidate will execute all areas of need for the organization including management in the following areas: fiscal, operational, program development, community relations, and board relations.

Job Description

The executive director manages the daily operation in line with the direction given by the Board of Directors.

  • Hours: 7-10 hours per week
  • Starting Date: immediate
  • Location: work from home & on location
  • Compensation: DOE & performance-based, $35+/hr

Your Responsibilities

  • Annually create a strategic organizational plan and overall budget
  • Maintain a climate that attracts and retains a talented and diverse staff
  • Create and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations
    to facilitate success of organization’s financial future
  • Prepare agendas, reports, and materials for board meetings

Qualifications & Requirements

  • College/university degree
  • Experience working at non-profit organization

Experience

  • Experience teaching adults or children
  • College-level classes in German and/or business
  • Certificate in nonprofit management is preferred
  • Previous management or executive director experience
  • Successful fundraising and development experience

Sound interesting? Please send your CV and a cover letter to info@germanschoolphoenix.org – we look forward to hearing from you!

Neuschwanstein

The New Swan Stone Castle.  Probably one of the most famous castles ever built / not finished.  A crazy king + romantic architecture + alpine mountains + Disney magic (Sleeping Beauty’s castle) = a wildly popular destination.

The princess in all of us.

150 years ago, Ludwig the 2nd retreated away from politics and society to focus on his passion, building castles in the romantic architecture style.  Unfortunately his passions to accurately reproduce romantic architecture with the most modern of 19th century conveniences, cost a lot of money.   7 unfinished castles later, found Ludwig in debt to his own country with a price tag of 22 million Marks.  Making the politicians and his family terribly nervous with his reckless spending, Ludwig was declared insane by several well respected physicians who interviewed everyone except Ludwig himself.  Once he was declared unfit to rule the country, it was only a matter of time before his dreadful drowning “accident”.

Magic carriage ride to the top.

Today, the state of Bavaria turns a very nice profit on all of these majestic castles.  6000 people walk through Neuschwanstein each and every day of the year.  Not even counting the people who just stop and take pictures.  In addition to his mothers castle, Hohenschwangau that sits “across the street” there is also a town and museums that have sprung up to support the tourism that drives the region.  Bavaria may just need to thank Ludwig after all.

Read the DW article here.

 

Vacation Time

We are still on summer vacation.  We started late (last day of school was July 12) and we get 6 1/2  weeks for the summer. 1 more week before the kids head back to school and I can finally clean the house and it will stay clean (for 4 hours)!!! Well, at least theoretically that will all happen. Lol

Vacation in Germany is a huge perk of living here. Not just the time the kids have but the time that M gets off of work. His company gives him 30 days of vacation, which is the normal amount. Some companies give only 25 days, but those companies can find it hard to hire people. Germans love their vacation. So, 30 days is not including weekends which really means its about 6 weeks of vacation time EACH YEAR!

You are actually required to take a main vacation in the year as well. You must be gone 2 weeks in a row or you didn’t actually take a proper vacation.

Plus, there are a ton of holidays here. There is no separation of Church and State here. Good Friday, Easter Monday? It’s a holiday. Christ ascension into heaven – Holiday. It lands on a Thursday? Work 15 minutes longer and earn a bridge day, so you don’t have to use up a vacation day on Friday. That makes a nice long weekend, and you didn’t even use a vacation day.

My favorite part is – if you get sick on your vacation, go to the doctor for a note and you can actually get sick time instead of vacation time. So you don’t loose out on your vacation!

I’ve tried explaining we only get 2 weeks a year in the states. People here are horrified. Then I try explaining PTO time, where my sick day is actually docked as a vacation day or simply paid time off. Most people don’t believe me. They honestly think I make that up.

I have to admit, I love this part of being here in Germany. We took a week vacation at Spring break. The kids had 2 weeks off of school. We took our 2 weeks over the summer and toured around Germany. We will spend a week in the Fall heading north and we are still coming to Arizona for Christmas for 2 weeks.

There is a small catch though. There’s always a catch, right? You have to really focus on when the kids have off of school. Right now K’s kindergarten (pre-school) is actually shut down so all the teachers get a 3 week summer break. If I worked, we would either have to take our vacation time right now, or stagger it so we could be home with the kids.

And because R gets 2 weeks for fall, Christmas and spring break, there is no leeway to taking her out a day early or bringing her back a day late. They actually FINE you if you don’t have your child in school before or after a holiday break (unless you have that doctors note). They are very strict on education, so you need to be in school.

But that’s ok. There is enough rest time here, down time. We are learning to vacation. 6 weeks a year and I hope to see so much more of Europe!   There are so many places on my list! Paris is only 5 hours away; Luxemburg is 3 hours by car… And M wants to lie on a beach somewhere when there are so many cool cities and museums to explore. We might need more time after all.

One year later

It’s been a full year since we got on that flight to Germany. One year since we sold everything, said goodbye and followed a dream. It’s been a tough year. It’s been a good year. We struggled together and we got stronger together. We learned.

We still miss our family and friends.   But life goes on. We are making good friends here too. We celebrated our second 4th of July here. Burgers, brats, potato salad, soccer and surrounded by good friends.

We’ve been very blessed to have visitors from AZ for the last 4 weeks. It’s amazing to step back into that friendship and show them all the wonderful places we have found around here. We’ve taken weekend and day trips to show off as much of Germany as possible, and then crashed out for a couple of days as the kids (and us) rest and re-coop from museums and tours.

K is doing great at his kindergarten (preschool). He just had his big summer festival party, I helped out with face painting and donated American Chocolate Chip cookies (an unheard of delicacy apparently). He showed off his artwork and we met a few more of his friends.

R is still in school. This is her last week before summer break. Germany staggers when all of the schools take summer break so that the entire country doesn’t shut down on vacation. We leave Saturday for our big family trip! We are getting so excited; we’re renting a large van so we can travel together with our friends. I’ve planned a very big tour, we’ll see how it goes with 4 adults and 4 kids.

M still likes his job with the city of Duisburg. They really like him too and have been giving him bigger projects. He gets out of the office a few times a week to oversee traffic lights, either the ones that were just broken or installation of new ones.

And I am doing good too. Collette has offered me a few tours coming up. I’m doing 2 this fall and 5 next year for the Oberammergau Passion Play. It feels good to be prepping for a bit of work. The kids will stay in after school and in Kindergarten the whole day and M will work his magic. He’s an awesome dad.

And in-between we travel, we play together, we see stuff. Life is good.

Safety is in the eye of the beholder

Happy Mothers day!  I hope everyone had such a nice day like I did.  K drew me a picture.  He has discovered art and is now bringing home pictures almost every day.  Mostly circles, but a few he claims are hearts.  R made me jam in her class and embroidered a heart for the top.  I was so amazed by this because I knew it would never fly in the USA.

Just think for a moment, what making jam all entails.  The teacher bought a ton of strawberries (they are in season right now and super cheap and yummy).  Then she handed the kids knives and had them chop the strawberries.  She brought in a portable stove top burner and had the kids cook the strawberries down in the classroom.  She handed them sharp, pointy needles to sew with.  No one came home with their fingers missing or stabbed and no one got burned.  Because the mindset here is that you teach the kids how to respect and properly use knives and stoves and they won’t hurt themselves.

Because safety is how you view the world.  We left Arizona and a world of scorpions and rattlesnakes behind.  For Germany with mosquitoes, ticks and wasps.  That is like a trade off of venom for lyme disease and Valley fever.  Never been stung by a scorpion in 25 years of living in the desert.  K got stung by 2 wasps last summer.  Can I really claim that it’s safer?

I’ve been watching the news in the USA lately.  I’m so sad by all the gun shootings in schools.  And I keep thinking to myself, thank goodness the schools in Germany are safer.  HOWEVER.  I just moved to a country full of bombs.  Yup.  You read that right.  Every time a new building goes up, railway is laid, or subway built, the construction company must scan the ground for unexploded bombsLast summer authorities found 22 unexploded devises in the Elbe river alone.   WW2 lives on in a country were up to 10% of the ammo dropped didn’t go off and is still found every week, 70 years later.  Can I really claim that it’s safer?

Safety is in the eye of the beholder.  All we can do is try our best, protect our families and focus on the positives.   There is no one right path to take, it’s an individual journey.  And right now, my journey is sweetened by some strawberry jam my daughter made for me in school.

Driving in Germany – my interpretation

This week I’m going to pick up my new German drivers license.  I flat out admit, I was lucky when applying for my license.  Arizona has an agreement with Germany that I can simply apply and obtain my German license without a 1st aid test, proof of an eye exam, driving school and I didn’t even need to take the driving test here.  Not every state has this agreement with Germany and getting a license here can get pretty expensive – up to 2000 Euros for the school (which also helps with the pile of paperwork that you need to get through).

German’s love licenses (any paperwork really is considered a national pastime).  In 2nd grade, R will get her scooter license.  In 3rd grade, they get a swimming license and in 4th grade they take the all important bicycle license.  By 16, you are allowed to buy beer and wine (no hard liqueur until your 21 and they are really starting to card for this now).  Then after you’ve learned how to hold your beer, you can learn how to drive at 18.

Most American’s get excited about driving in Germany.  The 1st comment is always – You can drive 150 miles per hour on the all amazing Autobahn!  Yes and No. Autobahn means Highway in German.  And yes, there are sections that do not have a speed limit.  But cars here drive in kilometers and not in miles.  So when your odometer reads 150 km, your looking at about 93 mph.  If I’m being honest, I’ve probably hit that speed on I17 (but not near Camp Verde where the cops sit though, lol).

Driving in Germany is nothing like at home.  I often imagine it like one of those very structured dances, where every step is choreographed.  It can go fast, but everyone still knows their steps.

Here are some of the differences I’ve noticed while driving here:

  • There is no turn on a red light.  You can turn only if there is a green arrow, otherwise wait.
  • Germans practice right of way.  When two public roads cross at an uncontrolled intersection, then right-of-way is always given to traffic approaching from the right. This includes “T” intersections! In the US, traffic on the through street of a “T” has the right-of-way, but in Germany, you must yield to the right, even if you are on the through road.
  • Never pass on the right.  The right side of the road is for driving, the left side is for passing only.  Once you are done passing, get back to the right lane.  This is not considered swerving.  If someone is driving slow in the left lane, it is (apparently) considered appropriate to sit on their bumper until they move over.
  • If the lanes go from 2 down to 1 lane, a zipper is put into effect.  Everyone drives up to where the lane goes down, and they take turns going forward.  It’s all very polite, and surprisingly much faster to get through.
  • When stopping at a red light, stop way far back.  There are almost always pedestrians in the walkway, so you really can’t stop there.  Plus, the stop light is place in such a way that if you don’t stop farther back, you won’t see it turn green.  It really is a simple way to keep cars from stopping in the pedestrian zone, or creeping forward into the intersection.
  • When in doubt, put on your blinker.  The road turns naturally to the left?  Blink.  You’re driving out of a round-a-bout? Blink?  You’re sitting in the left turn only lane?  Blink.  Moving lanes?  Blink.  Claiming a parking spot!? Blink.
  • And last but not least – Parking is a huge problem here.  Always add 10-20 minutes to your travel time to find a parking spot.  Keep 2-5 euros in your pocket to pay for said parking.  Plan to walk anyway.

These are just of the few differences that I pay attention to when I drive around here.  This is in addition to the different road signs Germany has.  If you are interested, I found a good website that explains the rules of the road more in depth.  http://www.gettingaroundgermany.info/regeln.shtml