April 9, 2012

Help for NRIs in Munich, Germany

Interview by: Jennifer Kumar
Edited by: Chris Sufi 

Johanna Marius Languages + Intercultural Training is a good resource for Indians moving to Munich, Germany. Non-resident Indians (NRIs), other immigrants, and newcomers can find a wealth of information here that will help them to adjust and find comfort in their ‘home away from home’. In my attempt to share worldwide resources to help Indians who live abroad, I would like to introduce this organization to you.. If you live in the Munich area, you may be interested in the program listed at the bottom of this post.

Here are a few FAQs that will give you some information about this crucial resource:

What inspired your organization to work specifically with Indians?
The idea of developing a program specifically for Indian women was conceived after a chance meeting with Ms Radha Shah. Radha is a language and intercultural trainer who went through her own challenges of settling down in Germany and felt a latent demand for a program like “Ghulo Milo Integrate Karo”.

How many Indians live in the Munich area?
According to the statistical office in Munich, 3.291 (almost four thousand) Indians were living in Munich in February 2012.

From how far away do Indians come for programs in your office?
At the moment, “Ghulo Milo Integrate Karo” is situatedin Munich and caters to the demands of Indians in and around Munich.

How do Indians find out about the programs in your office?
Our programs are marketed on platforms frequented by Indians, be it online platforms or local events for Indians. We also do extensive mailer campaigns. Last, but not the least, our programs get publicity through word of mouth advertising.

Besides this program, what other services do you have available for Indians?
Indian customers also enjoy our Business English courses which are “interculturally intelligent”. That means we don`t only teach the relevant grammar and vocabulary for business settings but, focus on the communication style. We teach Indians what Germans like to talk about and how to build a relationship with them. We also have Indians in our team building seminars where we implement a common work culture to boost international cooperation.

What feedback have you received from your Indian customers?
We often hear that we are emotionally open and caring and that they never expected to learn so much.

What are the other groups of immigrants you help?
We help immigrants of all nationalities.

Editor’s note: For instance, they attempt to help newcomers understand the different cross-cultural communication styles. This video, How to Present Internationally demonstrates three different styles. Do you recognize the differences in the German, USA, and British styles of communication as presented in the video?


Do you help Germans who relocate to Munich or focus on immigrants?
The focus is on immigrants.

What are some services you have provided to Indians/foreigners that are different or unique?
“Ghulo Milo Integrate Karo” is unique in the sense that it is not just another German language program. It combines language with essential information required for settling in, intercultural inputs, exposure to real life situations through excursions, and a lot more.

What compels a person to sign up for your service?
People see value in our programs because they are customer-centric and are designed with empathy to their needs. Most importantly, the trainers in the program are people who themselves have taken the journey and are therefore, knowledgeable and completely tuned in.

Johanna Marius Languages + Intercultural Training is presenting a unique program for Indians shifting to Munich. "Ghulo Milo Integrate Karo" is a program specifically targeted at Indian women and is conducted by Indian expats and experienced locals.

This is a six week program combining German language (practical and important topics up to A1 level), essential information for a peaceful stay in Germany, cultural inputs, excursions with an opportunity to practice the language learnt, and a lot more.

Ghulo Milo Integrate Karo welcomes you to join them for an informative session on April 20, 2012. It’s an excellent opportunity to find out more about the scope of their program.

Time: 5.00 PM – 7.00 PM

Address: 81543 Munich, Freibadstr. 30 (U1/U2 Kolumbusplatz)Read more details about "Ghulo Milo Integrate Karo"here.

The Johanna Marius Languages + Intercultural Training team, photo, right. From left to right: Johanna Marius, Radha Shah und Sophie Appl.
Chris Sufi is a freelance editor who lives in Bangalore, India. Her personal interest in language and communication inspires her to contribute through proofreading and editing. She can be contacted here.  

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