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About LostManAbroad

  • Birthday 01/23/1976

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  • Location Frankfurt am Main
  • Nationality British
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1976
  1. Unable to register in Berlin

    I was so excited at finally being able to move to Berlin and now it has turned into a Nightmare. I was living in Frankfurt, I had a good job helping children with learning disabilities in schools and I had an apartment I could afford.   I moved to Berlin on the 29th of February into my brother's apartment and I had a temp agency that told me there were so many jobs in schools that they were certain they could get me a job quickly. Then I got here and the Corona virus really kicked in and now all the schools aren't hiring and to make matters worse, my brother's landlord is simply not responding to the letter we sent them notifying them that I have moved in with my brother. This means that I have nothing to show that I am living here which in turn means that I cannot register here. That means that I cannot sign on as unemployed.   I am now stuck in an apartment I can barely afford, burning through my savings because unfortunately humans have to eat and if the company that rents my brother's apartment doesn't get back to me, I have no idea what I can do. I'm completely stuck. We tried calling the company but there is no answer. They have probably sent most people home.
  2. Trying to find the right unemployment office in Berlin

    I do speak German. As for my formal qualifications, I have an NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care from England which my last employer was able to discover is the equivalent to Qualifizierte Fachkraft but I have not found any organization here that can formally recognize it.   I have also been working in German junior schools for the last 6 years and in social care since 2006. I am finding that experience means far less in Germany than it does in England. Here, it seems, if you don't have the piece of paper that says you can do it, then you can't do it.
  3. Trying to find the right unemployment office in Berlin

    Thank you for the information. Your concerns about their business model is exactly the same concern that both my brother and a few other people have voiced. I still want to sign on just as a precaution to not being able to find a job quickly and I am definitely focusing more on trying to find work directly through schools and organizations that help children with learning disabilities rather than rely on this agency for work.   Once again, thanks.
  4. Okay so I have been working for years in Frankfurt am Main but I have been trying to get to Berlin for the last couple years. I finally realized that I was not going to be able to find work in Berlin while still living in Frankfurt. It is simply too difficult and expensive to keep traveling up to Berlin for interviews. So I found an apartment in Berlin and quit my job in Frankfurt and moved here.   I have found a temp agency here that has lots of work and assures me that they can find me something quite quickly but they told me that they normally deal with people who are registered unemployed. My problem is that I cannot seem to find which office I am supposed to go to register as unemployed. Can anyone advise me? I am living in an apartment near Prinzenstraße U-bahn station.   Just to avoid all the unnecessary replies I will get, I am already fully aware that signing on in Berlin can take a long time. I also know what I need to bring with me to the unemployment office. All I need to know is which office I need to go to start the process. Also, I really do not need people's opinions about signing on in Germany. I am just looking for the office location. I am sorry if this makes me sound rude or abrupt, I have just found in the past that when you ask something on Toytown, you get fifty replies from people that have little or nothing to do with what you actually asked.   Anyone know which office I need to go to?
  5. Does anyone know where I would have to go to exchange my English driving license for a German one? I live right by Konstablerwache so if there are multiple places then where is my nearest one? Also, what do I need to do the exchange? I am assuming something with my address on it.