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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Vienna, Austria
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
It would nice to have a forum to meet other married and alone persons for mutual interests. Not sure where to find it but you should keep on trying. (Continue)
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I'm a native Austrian who has lived in the USA for over 50 years, and I travel back every so often. I, too, find that Austrians are not the friendliest people in the wolrd -- virtually no eye contact, much less acknowledgement from strangers in the street (you get spoiled in friendly Texas!). I do remember that there are Austro-American clubs and societies in Vienna where people are interested in forming friendships. Check them out!
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Oh I feel bad as Austrian now. What a shame I am not in Vienna at the moment to help you. I think if you meet people thru work that should help and be quit clear about your situation, I am sure everybody understands and invites you home and everything will go better from there. Most Austrians don't understand Expat life but if you tell them they will be more open. I went to the American school once, they had a flee market in Spring and we met lots of people there.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Vienna , Austria
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Going to discos, opera or joining a hiking club are great ways to meet Austrians. (Continue)
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Hiya, I have friends who are moving there to teach at VIS - where are some places they could live? close to the school, or an easy bus ride away etc? They are looking for a 2-3 bedroomed place.. hope you can help :) thanks!
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Expat Report Jobs in Vienna, Austria was published
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What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?
First, it is important that one speaks the language of the country - so I would say learn German.

Secondly, check the internet for job opportunities that are in line with your qualifications.

Thirdly, find an employer with an open mind who is looking for what you have to offer and is willing to apply for an Austrian work permit. (Continue)

A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Vienna, Austria
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
All the research and talking to others is relative. Living is a very different thing all together.

Make sure you have your supports to lean on to deal with the emotional up and downs. Have the comforts of home with you, such as, pictures.

Give yourself the time to not like it and like the new country. Zenophobia is huge in Europe. And know, if it isn't your place, you can always go home. It is sometimes better to walk away than stay in a place that does not respect you as a woman or from your culture. Or when you hold very different feelings about how people should be treated. For example, in Asia, child abuse is not illegal. (Continue)

A reader replied most recently with:
You are right, many people in Vienna do not have a friendly body language, but they are hard working and detail oriented, and if somebody does not like it then it is time to move on. I for one cannot stand the Spanish lifestyle, it feels far too open and noisy for a northern European, here one needs to respect the privacy of others and mind one's own business and I like it because I was brought up that way.
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Your comments are very interesting - although they are distressing. I am a European of German ancestry, I speak the language and have lived in the 3 German speaking countries as a "foreigner" (I grew up in South America), finding Austrian people the most accepting, open, and fun people of all three (them being Germany, Switzerland, and Austria). I am sorry you have had trouble adjusting.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Vienna, Austria
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Advice: don't sit because it can make you depressed no matter where you are. City has a lot to offer, thanks God. So do something! Get inspired! Take drawing or music lessons, start taking photos, just feed your hobbies whatever they are! Be active all the time. Sign up somewhere because that's how you can get to know people who share your interests. And helps a lot if you have some difficulties to adapt. Don't expect people to be your best friends after you just met them a couple of times. After all you want real friends, don't you? To find your best friend is a difficult task anywhere in the world, I believe. If you already can find people who share your interests and views then nothing is lost. Just don't sit at home, don't close yourself from the world! (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
Right on the money, I am originally from Poland and I feel that Austrians are not any less friendly than people in Poland, for example, I actually feel that people in Poland can be much more unfriendly to foreigners than Austrians, but the bottom line is- people are just people everywhere, do not expect everybody will like you because you certainly do not like everybody and that is just normal.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Vienna, Austria
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Vienna is not such a friendly place if you come from America - very "provincial and suspicious nature abounds here. If you are staying a long time...+5 years consider to try and integrate, if less than 5 years then move to 18th or 19th districts, expats slums. In the 18th & 19th you have lots of Eng speaking temp families with which you have things in common. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I agree with the guest poster. Vienna is actually an incredibly friendly place when you have bothered to learn German. Also, I agree, friends last forever here. In the US, friends tends to be ephemeral if not superficial. Think about the reversal. How friendly do you think someone who speaks no English would perceive Americans in the US? Also, private renting is far cheaper than through a Makler (who inflates rents to get a better finder's fee, and is always on the side of the renter).
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I am an American of Polish origin who has been living in Vienna for the last 5 years. I think it is cheaper to find an apartment on sites such as jobwohnen.at or other websites, because looking through an agent always means a hefty provision. Not knowing German is not really a problem since most people know at least a smattering of English. The Viennese are insular that's true but when you make a friend here, it tends to last, while in USA you may make many apparent friends that are really not friends, it is much less superficial here. In any case, when you do not try to learn the language, you would always be percieved as an outsider, so try to learn German!
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Vienna Christian School in Vienna, Austria
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
They moved into a newly renovated building the fall of 2001. The process of renovation is still in progress (May 2002) but the class rooms and facilities overall are excellent. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT WE WILL MOVE TO VIENNA NEXT YEAR..POSSIBLY IN MAY..WE ARE LOOKING AT THE VIENNA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, VIENNA AUSTRIA..CAN YOU GIVE US A BALL PARK FIGURE FOR THE TUITION AT THE SCHOOL?
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Expat Report Info about American Women's Association in Vienna, Austria was published
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Describe your group.
The American Women's Association is both a social and service organization under the FAWCO (Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas)umbrella. (Continue)

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