Become a GW expat blogger! We are now accepting new applicants for co-bloggers or guest bloggers. (Co-bloggers are on our blog schedule; guest bloggers blog at least once every six weeks.) Below you can learn more about our team and how you can join us.
About our GW Expat Blog Team
I have traveled and spent time in German-speaking Europe for a little over four decades. I have Austrian relatives and good friends in Germany and Switzerland. I spent almost a year living in Berlin in 2007-2008. For many years, I taught German at the college and high-school levels. I have seen more of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland than most Europeans (and most Germans, etc.). I have written or co-written several books about German culture and the German language. But even with all that, there are many expat experiences and points of view that I can’t reflect by myself. That is why I invited other people with their own unique expat experiences to join me as co-bloggers.
Besides writing and computer skills, one important requirement for new team members is real expat experience. The people selected to date all exceeded the basic requirements. Our co-bloggers live in a German-speaking country (or have lived in one for many years), have German work experience, and in some cases are married to a German, and have children. Each of us posts at least one blog entry per month on a revolving basis. The topics are pretty much anything that relates to and helps fellow expats or travelers in German-speaking Europe. We write about coping with the usual (and unusual) expat issues: language, daily culture, bureaucracy, food/cooking, schools, family and work issues, and all the other things that expats and expat families have to deal with sooner or later. The pay for guest bloggers is the same as ours (currently $0.00, null, nada, zip) plus the honor of having a say in a very public forum. Co-bloggers/guest bloggers do receive a share of the Google ad revenue generated by the blog (paid annually), but this is not a lot of money, especially when it’s divided by 4, 5 or 6 people.
To apply for this volunteer position, all you have to do is send me: (1) a sample of a blog entry or two that you would like to submit, (2) a brief bio with your general background and experience (no more than half a page), (3) a brief statement of why you would be a good choice for this job, including any existing websites or blogs you run, if any, and (4) your email and postal mailing address with Postleitzahl. All information you provide will be kept confidential. Please send everything (1-4) as plain text (no attachments, no Word (.doc), html or other files!) in an email to:
Mr. Hyde Flippo
hflippo2001 at yahoo.com (using the normal email-address format)
SUBJECT: Co-blogger application
We hope to hear from you soon!