When I was in the military, I heard that teachers on the military bases overseas were hired from the U.S. and brought over to teach American students.
The offer was a 2 year contract minimum. The U.S. government will move you, pay for your plane tickets, rent, and utilities – in addition to a normal teacher salary. The opportunity is a dream for any U.S. teacher.
Later, after I married Emily (who is a teacher), I realized this would not just be a great opportunity for her career, but also for us to travel. And she wholeheartedly agreed!
She applied in November 2013, and in July 2014, she interviewed for a teaching position with DoDDS: DoDEA Europe. Within the blink of an eye, she received the final offer letter, I quit my job, and we landed in Grafenwoehr, Germany in August 2014 – just in time to celebrate at Oktoberfest in September!
Once we arrived, there was no stopping us. We thought we only had 2 years in Germany, so every dime we earned went towards travel (YOLO!). Meanwhile, I was able to explore my passion for filming and editing as we bounced from country to country. 2 years and 20+ countries later, we thought, “Why not 2 more years?” 4 years and 40+ countries later, we thought, “Why not 2 more years?”
So here we are, still living our dream in Grafenwoehr, Germany, traveling the world, and that’s when I decided to give back to other local Americans living in Germany.
Ready to live your best life abroad?
We know how difficult it is to move to a new country, so we created these guides to help you settle in quickly and start traveling! Because the best part about being an American living in Germany is the wanderlust life.
But if you’re ready to jump into local travel, check out our latest videos about life in the USAG Bavaria region! We’ve got suggestions for local fests, day trips within a 1-hour drive, 2-hour drive, or easy train ride…the possibilities are endless!