The Gedenkdiener’s Survival Kit – How to get a Life Abroad

A publication I actually planned to finish in 2008, but it took me a while to get from the unofficial 2008 release to sit down for a few more hours and finish it – I had quite a lot to do. Well, here it is. To download it, click on the image below.

How to survive abroad – as a Gedenkdiener, or as just about anyone with a purpose of moving to a different country

This free PDF document is a 35-page survival kit for people who go abroad. I wrote it mostly for future Austrian Gedenkdieners, but as you can see , I wrote it in English so more people, regardless of their origin, can read and use it. A quick overview, here’s the index:

  • GENERAL 3
    • Preface 3
    • Am I Right for this Job? 4
    • How do I become a Gedenkdiener / Sozialdiener / Friendesdiener? 5
    • The Very First Things to Know and Do 5
      • Important Resources 6
      • Your Future Workplace 6
    • I Arrived. Now What? 7
      • Temporary Place to Stay 7
      • Internet Access 8
      • Bank Account 8
      • Cell Phone 9
      • Rental Car 9
      • Laptop 10
      • Your own car 10
      • Apartment 11
    • Roommates 11
    • Apartments 12
      • Where to find them 12
      • How to Use Craigslist for Finding Apartments 13
      • Example of Searching for an Apartment on Craigslist 13
      • Responding to Apartment Ads 14
    • How to Buy a Car 15
      • Getting the basics together 15
      • Know your Rights 16
      • What to Watch out for: The Car 17
      • What to Watch out for: The Seller 19
    • Legal Things 19
      • Car Insurance and Accidents 19
      • Paper Work 20
    • Finding Friends 20
  • LOS ANGELES 22
    • Geography 22
    • Places You Don’t Want to Miss in LA 22
    • Cultural Differences 23
      • “Nice to meet you” – Superficial People 23
      • Eating Habits 24
      • Consume Culture 24
      • Diversity 25
      • Is It Dangerous there? 25
      • Car Culture 26
  • MONTREAL 27
    • Finding an Apartment in Montreal 27
      • Resources 27
      • Cell Phone 29
      • Insulation 29
      • Roommates 30
      • Price 30
    • Buying a Car in Montreal 30
      • Resources 30
      • Overview 30
      • What to Watch Out For when Buying a Car in Montreal 32
    • Differences to Austria 32
    • Behavior and Society in Montreal 33
      • Language 33
      • Population 34
  • A last Word from the Author 34

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Download “GEDENKDIENER’S SURVIVAL KIT”

Gedenkdieners Survival Kit by Tobias Deml - Download

Gedenkdieners Survival Kit by Tobias Deml – Download

If you want to go abroad or if you are playing with the thought, this Survival Kit will surely help you. Back in 2008, I went abroad through a brave organization in Austria named “Auslandsdienst” or “Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service”. For more information, visit their website: http://www.auslandsdienst.at

About the Author

Tobias Deml is an Austrian Filmmaker and Visual Artist. 2012 Cinematography Reel: http://vimeo.com/53973421 Tobias Deml ist ein österreichischer Filmstudent und Möchtegernregisseur in Los Angeles. Er arbeitet derzeit als Kameramann in Los Angeles und popelt in seiner Nase.