"Multicultural and young city"

Living in Germany: intensive-care nurse Luisa from Italy talks about her experience in Munich.

Luisa Gasparo works at the University Hospital in Munich.
Luisa Gasparo works at the University Hospital in Munich. privat

Are you interested in living and working in Germany? We have spoken to several expats; they share their stories and experiences with you here.

Luisa Gasparo, 24, from Italy

I'm an intensive-care nurse and work on the neurological ward of Munich University Hospital. It's one of the biggest university hospitals in Germany. That's why I really wanted to come here. I originally come from Puglia in southern Italy, on the heel of the boot.

After graduating from high school, I studied for three years in Rome to qualify as a nurse. I came to Germany one and a half years ago. Before that, I spent eight months learning German with the Linguedo programme. That's a German startup that finds work in Germany for Italian nurses – so you learn technical vocabulary on the online language course at the same time. In any case, my colleagues on the ward were very enthusiastic about my German skills. In between, I spent three months as an au pair with a family, so I also learned everyday language very well. Linguedo also took care of all the bureaucracy, such as health insurance and a bank account. The clinic helped me find an affordable apartment, and now I only have to walk five minutes to my workplace.

After three months as a nursing assistant, my qualifications were recognized and I immediately got a permanent job. I think the opportunities for further training at a university hospital are great. The salary is also much better than in Italy, even though the cost of living on the whole is perhaps a bit higher in Germany. I like it here a lot. Munich is a multicultural and young city with lots of nature.

Because of the work, I would prefer to stay for many more years. But because my partner lives in Italy, we now have to think about whether he will come here or whether I should go back. After all, that's where my family lives. If I do go back, my experience abroad and language skills will certainly be an advantage, although my further-training courses may not be recognized there. At the moment, I still have a mini-job at Linguedo helping newly arriving nurses from Italy – the same way I was supported at the beginning.

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