ÖIF – supporting integration in Austria

The ÖIF – Österreichischer Integrationsfonds (Austrian Integration Fund) works to support migrants in Austria with learning German, intergrating into Austrian life and finding jobs. They organise workshops and seminars for example for women, about immigration rights, intercultural communication etc. You can also schedule an apppointment for a free consultation to help learn about language courses, educational […]

How to be self-employed in Austria

Being self-employed here means a lot of extra hoops to jump through compared to countries like England and the US. It can be pretty complicated to set up your own business, register for the right trade license, deal with insurances and taxes etc. Here are some links where you can find lots of useful information […]

ZAM – job training for women

ZAM is an organisation funded by AMS and Steiermark to help women find employment. They offer advice, workshops, job training and apprenticeships. They work with women from all backgrounds – looking to enter the job market for the first time, re-entering after a career break, or for those looking to retrain and change careers. They […]

Zebra – advice & support for foreigners

Zebra – Intercultural Counseling and Therapy Center is a great organisation who offer support and advice for foreigners in Graz . They work to enforce human rights, fight racist, enforce equal treatment and promote lasting integration. The founding members of Zebra came from human rights work, especially from Amnesty International. They offer legal advice on […]

German Learning in Graz – January

Here are some of my favourite places to learn German at affordable prices, plus free German conversation groups continuing on-line. German Classes Sabine Eichler is a wonderful teacher and offers small group classes with Love2Learn. She customises each class around her students learning goals and makes German learning fun and interesting! Currently Sabine is offering […]

Brexit update – Article 50 card

From January 1st 2021 until December 31, 2021, all Brits living in Austria will need to apply for the Article 50 card to exercise their right to remain and work in Austria under the withdrawal aggreement. Graz is already taking appointments, but as you have a whole year to apply there is no rush! Documentation: […]

Where to buy a cake in Graz

For special occasions and birthdays it’s nice to have a cake specially made. Here are some options where you can order a cake or have one custom made (remember to order a week or more in advance if possible). Mehlspeisenfräulein is run by two young women who love to bake! They offer homemade cakes, cupcakes, […]

Local Artist – Katcha

As part of my local shopping guide, I would like to introduce you to some of my favourite artists & shops in Graz. Katcha Bilek is an award winning designer and a fabulously cool person. She has worn many hats and previously lived in an old fire engine in Spain, creating upcycled art installations for […]

Local Artist – Tamzin

As part of my local shopping guide, I would like to introduce you to some of my favourite artists & shops in Graz. Today I would like you to meet the delightful pattern designer Tamzin Merivale! Originally from Ireland, Tamzin recently moved from Florence to settle in Graz. Her love of doodling led to the […]

Graz Interview #4 – Isabella

Interviews with locals and expats offering their own perspectives & recommendations for living in the lovely city of Graz. I’m happy to introduce you this time to an Austrian! Isabella Keilani is a long-term Graz resident and has her own language coaching company, providing training to improve client’s German & English skills using the NeuroLanguage […]