Toytown Germany

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  1.   I am an American with a license to practice in Germany as a counseling psychologist. My private Practice has been located in the heart of Munich since 1997, where I do individual, couple's and Family Counseling. I have treated depression and anxiety disturbances, such as panic attacks, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders, successfully for many years. I also have treated behavioral issues, such as attention and hyperactivity in adults, eating disorders, alcoholism and internet addiction successfully. I am in the Registry of Doctors in Oberbayern, although I am not a medical doctor myself.   After having graduated  from the University of Massachusetts with a BS in Psychology, from the University of Chicago with a MA in Psychology, and earning a doctorate from the LMU while doing research at the Max Planck Institut für Psychiatrie, I earned a degree in Psychotherapy from the Center of Integrated Psychotherapy (CIP) in Munich in 2001.    I am a member of the American Psychological Association and have continued to expand my training and experience in many seminars and conferences. I use a variety of approaches to help the people, who come to me. These include cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focussed, Gestallt therapy and hypnosis. German laws recognize cognitive-behavioral methods, so that the therapy is generally covered by private insurances, but not by public insurances.   Appointments: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 - 20:00; Wednesdays 9:30 - 19:00; Fridays 15:30 - 20:00.   Contact: Call my practice at 089-1233824 any time; to reach me personally call  Monday & Friday mornings between 9 and 12 noon, or                  Email me at
  2. Some of the teachers at Phorms, a network of seven bilingual schools in Germany, are taking lessons out of the classroom to increase children’s engagement with both learning and the natural world. Remember those halcyon days of childhood, when you would ride your bike for hours or climb trees with friends? With the introduction of modern technology and increased road traffic, many children are missing out on this experience entirely.   Instead an increasing number of children in Germany between the ages of three and 13 spend almost an hour-and-a-half watching TV each day. On top of that, they spend almost the same amount of time staring at a computer or smartphone screen. That’s around three hours of being indoors and inactive every day.   Maria Tasker, a British biology in Baden-Wurttemburg, understands the importance of fresh air for children. She also believes that the best way to learn biology is by being immersed in the natural world. It’s for these reasons that Maria regularly takes her classes outside for practical lessons.   Read more via The bilingual schools taking the teaching outdoors   And find out more about Phorms education in Germany     This is a paid placement posting.
  3. Self-employed expats face a number of challenges when coming to Germany. ASEIG – the Association of Self-employed Expats in Germany – tries to address these challenges, offering solutions and services to make your life in Germany easier and your business more efficient.  One of the main issues or challenges for every self-employed expat coming to Germany is finding suitable (and legally compliant) health insurance.  Since the German health insurance system is unique in the world, setting yourself up with health insurance can be daunting, time-consuming and even mind-boggling.  We have succeeded in setting up a special health insurance group plan for ASEIG members with one of the leading German insurance companies in this field. Other insurances and business services can also be obtained with the assistance of ASEIG and its exclusive network of vetted brokers, advisers, lawyers and tax accountants. Your membership grants you direct access to these experts and often also substantial rebates on both insurance products and consulting/advisory fees within the ASEIG network. Learn more about what a membership with ASEIG can gain you here:
  4. If you are looking for an English-speaking school for your children, you have come to the right place:   The Jules Verne Campus is a state-approved bilingual elementary school, including all-day concept and supervision throughout the school holidays. Since September, 2015, a high school ("Gymnasium") is part of the Jules Verne Campus as well.      German and English natives as teachers Our goal is to provide a long-lasting, bilingual, and intercultural education. We stress the importance of internationality, global thinking, and entrepreneurship. Individual learning and a healthy, balanced lifestyle—with freshly prepared meals and daily sports and exercise—are keystones of our appoach. At Jules Verne Campus, we encourage and challenge children according to the principle of language immersion – with native speakers in small groups with a maximum of about 24 children teaching with methods that address the individual needs of students.   Following and surpassing the official Bavarian elementary school curriculum With our special subject “Curiosology”, we nurture and encourage children’s natural curiosity as a source of enjoyment, creativity, and success. Based on scientific evidence that shows there is a direct connection between physical activiy and brain development, we have created a diverse program of daily physical activity at Jules Verne Campus. Our program is age-specific and incorporates aspects of aerobic exercise, coordination, and mental focus.   PYP- oriented international branch In addition to the bilingual teaching, where lessons are held in both German and English in almost equal shares, an "international branch" is available where the lessons are held mainly in English. The international branch is designed having in mind the curriculum of international schools, so the Bavarian curriculum is supplemented by the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). This new branch aims at supporting parents moving to Germany or planing to move abroad. Members of our team are happy to answer any questions you might have about our unique educational approach.     Information evenings information evenings take place at the school in the Bayerwaldstraße 8, 81737 Munich. You can register here or contact us directly beforehand. Members of our team are happy to answer any questions you might have about our unique educational approach.   Just write an email to   or give us a call at +49 (89) 62 81 66 86 0.   Kind regards, The Jules Verne Team
  5.   The Bavarian Alps just south of Munich are a great place for a day of hiking. There are many mountains between 1,500 and 2,500 meters high with great views and interesting trails, all waiting to be explored by us.   We try to plan our hiking tours every weekend, either Saturday or Sunday depending on the weather. We don't go when thunderstorms are forecast. Our tours are typically between 800m and 1600m of height difference and 14km to 25km of distance. Usually they take between 6 and 10 hours. We start the season with the easier ones and during the year they will get more difficult (and more exciting). Often there are mountain huts on the way where we can buy food and drink. But be prepared with enough food and water in your backpack.   Although these tours are intended for meeting friendly people with the same passion for hiking out in the nature, they are often not for absolute beginners who haven't done any sport during the past two years. Hiking is sport and it is exhausting :-) ... even the easier tours have 800m of height difference and require a certain level of fitness.   This thread will be updated every time a new hiking tour is anounced. So click the "Follow this" button top right of the page if you are interested in receiving updates via email.   What you must always bring: - Hiking boots or hiking shoes - backpack - snacks and water (2 liters) - sunhat, sunglasses, suncream - water proof jacket and overtrousers   Always a good idea: - light jacket or sweater in case if it gets cold - dry shirt if the first one is wet from sweating - map and waterproof map cover - hiking sticks   Who can come? Depends on the tour. The easier ones require you to manage 6 to 7 hours of walking with continuous 2 to 4 hours of ascent (often steep). Also you should not have problems with heights. At some points you need to hike on cliff edges and sometimes you even need your hands. The difficulty will be announced on each tour. So please make sure that you are fit enough. :-)   What else? Things don't always work out as planned. Weather, trains, and conditions can change without notice, so a resilient sense of humour is always required. This is a meeting of friends organized by unpaid volunteers so you remain responsible for your own safety.   See also the related Facebook page: Munich International Hiking. And also the related Meetup page: Munich International Hiking.   And the archive thread from hikes in previous weeks.
  6.   Our company's name is our program:   We are a meeting point for newcomers to Munich!   Location: Schliersee-Straße 25 81541 Munich   Tram 17 to Werinher-Straße: in front of our building S-Bahn 3 + 7: stations St-Martin-Straße and Giesing U-Bahn 2: Giesing   Ongoing morning courses Everyday German: childcare available   Our morning groups have been organized especially for spouses of expats to meet others. In all our courses the emphasize lies on speaking but you will also learn grammar and work with a textbook, and you will get homework.   These classes are not only language classes; we also talk about intercultural issues and try to help with questions about the new life in another cultural environment.     The beginner courses German for Everyday Life take place: 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays (depending on level) 3 x (45-minute) units / morning Group 2 - 6 students; average size: 4 students.   We offer childcare for the morning courses on a regular base. Our experienced nannies will take care for your little ones. Your children can play with a lot of toys and games or even go outside to the playground, which is in front of our building.     Take advantage of more than 20 years experience!   If you would like to learn German in a professional, private and care-taking atmosphere, please send an email to or call Petra for more information: +49 (89) 20 900 500. Getting settledMonthly KaffeeklatschCultural activitiesIntercultural Awareness TrainingIntensive Training: German / InterculturalWelcome Training (1 day)German Language TrainingBusiness GermanGerman for Everyday LifeChildcare availableSchool preparatory courses for kidsSummer Group courses for children    This is a paid placement posting.
  7. Meetup held regularly for English-speakers in Stuttgart.   The venue varies monthly so check back on this thread often.   Click the "Follow this" button top-right to receive updates via email.   See also the archived posts from previous weeks.      
  8. Who's suffering now?   As an EFL teacher for 30 years and independent insurance broker in Hamburg since 1992, John is very familiar with expat needs and solutions to these regarding insurance matters. John's specialities are:   Expert advice on full and supplementary health insurance for self employed and employed expats in Germany Quick professional support for visa applicants and the appropriate health insurance Income care Tax optimizing private and company pension plans Long term nursing care insurance Low cost term life insurance Household contents/renter's insurance Private liability and legal insurance Professional liability insurance   John always enjoys offering independent and free advice. At the client's request, consultation can be in English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and, finally, in French (on a good day!).   Feel free to skype anytime if you want face to face contact, including weekends. If calling from outside Europe, please don't forget the time difference!   John Gunn & Partner Radickestr. 28 21079 Hamburg   Website: Email: Tel.: +30 (0)28 4209 4757 Mobile: +49 (0)172 948 2994 OR +49 (0) 40 87409692 Skype: john.gunn3   This is a paid placement posting.
  9. Every Wednesday evening at an Indian restaurant in Munich. Location varies each week.   Curry night is not just about having good food but also about having great time and lots of fun. The cultural diversity of people who are regularly part of this event is as colorful as the curry itself with all its different flavors and spices.   We particularly encourage newbies to join us and they are heartily welcome. It is one of the best events to ease yourself into TT where you can make instant friends over drinks and fine food in a pressure-free, casual atmosphere.   Come join us cuz when you are here, you are family.   Click the "Follow this" button top right to receive updates via email.     Every Sunday night at midnight all replies to this post are automatically moved to the discussion archive.
  10. On Tuesday evenings members of TT go for drinks at one of Munich's local watering holes.   The chosen bar or beer garden varies each week. Everyone is welcome - especially newcomers.   Sign up now     Every Sunday all replies to this topic are automatically moved to the Tuesday drinks archive. Photos from previous weeks: One, two, three Further reading: What is TT Tuesday? and: A guide to finding the crowd at TT Tuesday