Austria for Beginners

Austria for Beginners is a new non-profit organisation based in Vienna supporting expats and migrants Austria-wide with their legal needs. Their team of lawyers can assist with a wide ranging of integration issues that often affect newcomers to Austria. They offer legal consultations in English, German and Bulgarian in areas such as: Immigration law Administrative […]

Alles Party Shop

Don’t be deceived by blink-and-miss it entrance to Alles Party at Südtiroler Platz 10 (near the Kunsthaus). Inside is an Aladdin’s cave of party supplies with decorations, accessories and balloons for every occasion. From baby showers, kids birthday parties (all major themes such as harry potter, Gruffelo, Disney princess, Frozen, Paw Patrol starwars, football etc […]

Repair bonus

The Ministry of Climate Protection has just launched an Austrian-wide Repair Bonus subsidy program to encourage people to repair household electrical items instead of throwing them away. Individuals can now claim up to €200 towards 50% of the repair cost or €30 for a cost repair estimate. This can include big items like washing machines […]

Job Coaching with Caritas

Caritas offers free job coaching for anyone struggling to find a job or re-enter the job market. Over a period of one-to-one sessions counselors accompany the applicant through the job search process including: Assistance in writing a CV / resume and cover letter Applying for jobs Preparing for interviews Employment ontract review Support during the […]

Graz Opera

The Graz Opera House is wonderful grand old building and a fun night out. The program includes a wide range of classical and modern performances from opera, ballet, family shows to musicals. Kostprobe The Kostprobe (taster evenings) are a great opportunity to preview a performance. For only €5 you can see a rehearsal of the […]

Pollen and Allergy Season

Unfortunately, Graz often has high pollen counts due to being surrounded by mountains. Below is a guide on what is blooming each month in Graz. The Austrian Pollen Information Service at the Medical University of Vienna also provides a daily pollen forecast for your neighourhood (in German and English), plus a useful app. If you […]

Free integration sports program

Caritas offers a free sports program to promote integration for third-country nationals, refugees, socialcard holders, EU citizens and Austrians with a migration background. Current offerings include: football for girls and boys Women’s swimming at ATG (with a german and sports program for kids 6 yrs+ so mothers can swim in peace!) walk & talk women’s […]

Caritas Lerncafes – homework support

Caritas offers free learning support for children and young people 6 – 15 yr with migrant third country backgrounds at their Lerncafes in Gries, Lend, Don Bosco and Eggenberg. Staff and volunteers help with school homework, German language skills, preparation for tests and exams. Healthy snacks and afternoon activities are also offered.  Plus a great integration opportunity […]

How to access your ELGA healthcare records

What is ELGA? ELGA – “elektronische Gesundheitsakte” (electronic health records) is a secure on-line system which holds all your medical records in one place . Once logged in, you can view your prescriptions, vaccinations, examination findings, laboratory and radiological results etc. Doctors, hospitals, healthcare professionals and pharmacies can also access your health records using your […]

Free video streaming with your library card

The Arbeiterkammer Bibliothek and Stadtbibliothek have launched a video streaming service ‘filmfriend’ (Links – AK and Stadtbibliothek) as part of their digital library services. Library users can view 3,500 feature and short films, documentaries, series, international arthouse cinema, comedies or dramas. It’s an eclectic collection – think festival award winning European films rather than your […]