Other Important Topics

    Freedom of Religion

    Grüß Gott, Jenny. HaHaHa :) Did you learn that today? :) No, we don’t say that in Berlin. That’s how you greet each other in southern Germany, especially in Bayern. Otherwise you just say „Guten Tag“.
    Clever idea, but no, not everyone is religious in Germany.
    Quite the contrary, though there are many Christians here. Statistics say that over sixty percent are Catholics or Protestants.
    Approximately a third of Germans are non-denominational, while the rest are divided into different Religious groups. The number of Muslims, for example, is estimated from 2 to 4.5 million, depending on who you ask, and there are around 270,000 Buddhists… I don’t know the exact numbers, but you can find a good overview in the Wikipedia. You can check on which religions are being practiced the most: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Germany .
    Yes, of course. Why wouldn’t you be able to? Many churches offer regular masses. The communities have different levels of activity in this regard and many believers join in their community events and meetings. Other believers assume that God is everywhere, and don’t go to church often. I think that is an incredibly personal subject.
    Well said, Jenny. Tolerance is the most important thing! But let me tell you a secret: do you know what I dream of when I look at all the beautiful churches here?
      Marriage (International Marriages, Spouses)

      I dream of a fairytale wedding. :)
      You think your ideal man would be a German?
      In this case you would need to go to the registrar’s office. You’ll have to show your passport, birth certificate, and registration certificate. The Philippine documents have to be authenticated, of course…
      You have to be prepared for a bit of bureaucracy, sadly. Especially when you go into an international marriage, in this case, marriage with a German.
      So the next time Cupid fires his arrow, you had better ask for all the details. Here are a few good links that should cover all the questions you might have about international marriages (http://www.konsularinfo.diplo.de/Vertretung/konsularinfo/de/03/Ehe/Eheschliessung/__Eheschliessung__Allgemein.html) and spouses (http://www.bamf.de/DE/Migration/EhepartnerFamilie/ehepartnerfamilie-node.html).
        In case of problems: Telephone counseling, Women’s shelter…

        There is no guarantee anywhere in the world… information about an international divorce is also available in the link I mentioned.
        Correct, but it’s good to know where to go for information or help if you have doubts. Why do you get butterflies in your stomach? Most couples I know are happy.
        That is terrible, and every woman has to be cautious. It is not her fault, then. Advice and help can be found in women’s advice centers and shelters, for example.
        Yes, these are non-profit organizations that give not only information, but guidance, advice, and therapy for women in crisis, emergencies, separation, and so on. Experts work there to help out when women are subjected to physical, psychological, economic, and sexual abuse.
        Even then. The advice centers also advise women migrants in specific problem areas. The important thing is to share! Here are two links, where you can find out about the contact persons in your region: www.frauen-gegen-gewalt.de and http://www.frauenhauskoordinierung.de/beratungsstellensuche.html even the deaconry helps when it comes to problems, and not only by domestic and sexual violence, but with other social issues as well: http://www.diakonie.de/service-navigator.html their help service is also completely free of charge!
        Naturally. Plus, problems are as unique as the people themselves. A helpful establishment is the telephone counseling line.
        Calling the telepone counseling line doesn’t cost anything. Here are their hotlines: 0800/1110111 and 0800/1110222. On their website http://www.telefonseelsorge.de you’ll be able to find the option of getting advice through chat or Email.
        I hope so too. I am also very confident that you will have a good time here in Germany. After you find your dream job and ideal man, maybe you’ll also have your own little angels? ;)
          Life with Children (Schools and Education)

          Many Germans are surprised when I tell them about our big families in the Philippines. Over here it’s more common to have one or two kids.
          In Germany, most children go to public school. It’s free for everyone and you just have to buy books for your kids (and most of those can be borrowed), while most material costs only really come up when the group has a field trip.
          Of course there are schools where you have to pay tuition. But like I said: most parents send their kids to a public school. That’s normal here, and by the way, children have to attend school for at least nine years, minimum. If they are really good and enjoy studying, then they usually go to further education and have the chance to study later on. http://www.bamf.de/DE/Willkommen/KinderFamilie/kinderfamilie-node.html
          HaHaHa :) Good idea. You have time. The women are older here, on average, when they get their first child. Family planning doesn’t have to be done by your mid-twenties...

            ... Not to mention all the broken stuff... if kids are in the house, home insurance becomes very important. ;)
            Oh, no, no, no. In Germany there are many kinds of required insurance. The health insurance, which you avail of when… take a wild guess... you get sick. The unemployment insurance, when you lose a job, and pension insurance, to secure your finances in your old age.
            Oh, that’s not required, but you can if you want to… :)
            In short: you can insure yourself from just about anything in Germany. Aside from the aforementioned required insurances are the voluntary insurances. Most people avail of a liability insurance, which is a home and accident insurance package, so that in the event of damages they don’t have to shoulder the entire cost. Take a look at this website: http://www.bamf.de/DE/Willkommen/BankenVersicherungen/bankenversicherungen-node.html
              Further Informaiton

              Ye…no ;) But I would suggest a website that really did help me a lot: Mein Weg nach Deutschland ( www.goethe.de/mwnd) You’ll find a lot of information there about your first steps for life in Germany, and for practically anything you can think of: Finances, basic rights, multilingualism, integration courses… and if you want to deepen your knowledge, you can find links on each site for even more information.
              Oh, nonsense. You don’t have to be afraid. That can all happen to you in the Philippines too. Besides, look at me. I have been here for so long, and nothing has happened to me. In fact, I’m doing quite well here.
              Just close your eyes and think back to why you want to go to Germany in the first place. Be excited for your new times to come, all the new things you will get to know and experience, the new people to enrich your life, the fact that your culinary horizons will expand… and so much more. Auf nach Deutschland! Tara na sa Germany!!!