Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Learning a foreign language

When learning a foreign language it is most essential that you know your strengths and weaknesses in order to plan your learning process accordingly.
Another very important factor may be the reason of which you started learning the language. Many people want to orientate themselves completely new profession wise and therefore add another language to their skills , others possibly have familiar reasons to do so or it’s just the pure interest itself.
It can not be argued and it is inevitable that nowadays we do not have the choice anymore.Languages are the most important part of our society today.
Our professional foreign language teachers at PROMEDES S.L. proof these facts as the demand for their time has definitely grown and the amount of people looking forward to learn an additional language has grown by 45% over the last 18 months.This shows how many people actually want or even need to learn a new language.


The reason for the growing interest in foreign languages is the unemployment rate difference between countries. If we look at Spain for example where every third person is redundant or has never worked before we see the huge need of economical growth.Nevertheless due to the ignorant governments of southern countries like Spain we unfortunately won’t be seeing any changes over the next few years and this causes many southern Europeans to leave their countries and head towards the north.
Germany is economically growing at the moment and according to calculated future statistics it will carry on for at least 5 more years,due to that fact the demand for staff in countries like Germany is steadily growing,too. This then is why people within Europe are more and more trying to gather more language skills.


Promedes offers German language courses totally free of charge and officially recognized by authorities in Germany. Promedes is an official TELC language institute and is situated on the Costa Blanca , additionally we provide student homes which are also free of charge. The reason we do not charge for language courses is because the German government started a program to financially support staff wanting to move into Germany in order to work.
The financial support includes language courses in Spain as well as additional courses in Germany, the movement of furniture etc. and 2 plain flights per year in order to visit family members.

For more information about Promedes please visit our website

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Life in Germany

You are surely aware that living in Germany has many advantages. What might surprise you, though, is that while everything is clean and well-ordered, there is also an abundance of cultural and leisure activities throughout the year. In this guide, InterNations introduces you to expat life in Germany.

Although it is one of the greatest stereotypes about Germany, one cannot deny that life in Germany will probably be a very orderly experience. You’ll benefit from clean streets, tidy parks, and strict bureaucracy (the latter may not always be a benefit, though!).

Being an expat in Germany may thus require some adjustment, especially if you come from a country that’s more laidback or even cheerfully chaotic. However, Germany can also be a rather uncomplicated country, depending on how you look at matters. If you like things to be on time, in an orderly fashion, and done in the way you requested, life in Germany will be a delightful experience for you.

Cultural Aspects

Living in Germany does not mean that fun is thrown to the wayside. Quite to the contrary, Germans are a surprisingly fun-loving bunch. Depending on the region your expat adventure takes you to, there are a multitude of festivals and holidays to prove the stereotype of the dull, prosaic, uptight German wrong.

Germany is the birthplace of famous composers like Bach, van Beethoven, and Wagner as well as literary geniuses such as Brecht, Goethe, and the Mann family. Like them, expats in Germany might even be inspired to create something new. If literature and the arts are not your cup of tea, take a look at Discover Germany and see what else the country has to offer.

Our articles on culture, shopping and recreation in Germany provide you with deeper insights into the arts and culture scene, German customs and etiquette, public holidays, sports, and leisure.

Uniquely German

Everyday life in Germany can be a very different experience. After all, the proverbial devil’s in the details. Expats will often face restrictions concerning neighborhood regulations that they have never considered significant before.

For example, you might find that there is to be no vacuuming on Sundays. No loud music may be allowed between noon and three in the afternoon, and Saturdays are reserved for garden work. This may include plucking weeds from the cracks in the sidewalk in front of your house.

But do not let this scare you. Life in Germany really is cleaner and more efficient than in many countries, although, as usual, this may depend on your city and neighborhood. Germany’s small towns may usually be stricter in keeping up with sanitary rules and countless regulations than large cities.

Finding a Place to Live

We recommend you to seek the help of a real estate agent if you are not yet fluent in the German language. Rental agreements may sometimes be quite difficult to understand, and you may end up paying hidden costs. However, keep in mind that real estate agents are also quite expensive, usually requesting at least two months’ rent in payment for their services.

If you want to plan your relocation on your own, you will find that most local newspapers – such as the Berliner Zeitung, the FAZ or the Süddeutsche – offer a section on housing in the region, as do websites such as immobilienscout24.de or immowelt.de .

Accommodation Standards

You should be aware that apartments and houses in Germany do not necessarily include light fixtures, kitchen, or bath furnishings. It is not customary for a German apartment to be rented out with a kitchen sink, cabinets, stove, etc.

You can find a used kitchen for a small fee in the classifieds of the local newspaper or buy the furnishings from the previous owner. Refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers are seldom included. Some apartment buildings have laundry rooms in the basement to use for a small fee.

Most German apartment houses also have a house-cleaning schedule. Each unit in the building has a different chore each week: mopping the stairwell, sweeping the walkway, moving the trash bins out onto the street, etc. This is usually stated in your rental agreement, but be sure to ask your landlord.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Medical formations - Recognition and Homologation

European countries

Any person obtaining an official qualification in their native country can get the recognition for it in Germany.
The recognition and equalization - process has been loosened for those medical professions,that "only" require a 3-year training course , opposed to a university course like in other countries.
For the recognition you need to provide your qualification certificates and possibly school documents because the qualification in Germany requires a middle-school diploma. If you already obtain a European university diploma,the proof of school qualifications will not be necessary.
Next step for German authorities is to check the validity of your qualifications and compare the training time etc. in order to provide the same quality which German labour would.
In case of you not reaching the requirements , it will become necessary to either attend courses in order to fill educational gaps in Germany ,or try to compensate missing qualifications with work experience or further education.

Non-European countries

Recognition and equalization of titles and professions for non-European citizens are also possible. Generally the candidates have to attend an equalization check at the local authority, additionally all certificates will be looked in and compared. Please make sure all your documents are complete.
In case of a possible failure of homologation , you will be given the choices of either attending a test for immigration or a course ending in an immigration exam.

The whole Process looks totally different for nurses, they will almost immediately be accepted and recognized as the formation is so badly needed in Germany.
On top of all ,a Spanish nurse automatically carries a university diploma in order to carry the title 'nurse' in Spain.

What to do if your title is not recognized or accepted?

If your request however will be disapproved by German authorities you still have the possibility of working in as an assistant worker.Nevertheless you have no right for minimum wage or any other legal payment rate, neither will you be able to attend any further educations offered by enterprises. simply will you be given the opportunity to work and earn. After a period of time working as an assistant you should become more comfortable with the language,the habits,people etc. and therefore your chances of not passing the test again are impossibly slim.

For more information about European laws and Regulations please visit the TRUSTED LINK underneath.


Friday, March 29, 2013


Promedes is a mediation agency offering german courses for people willing to work abroad on a permanent basis.
PROMEDES is situated on the Costa Blanca and we have been trusted by our customers and clients for  years.
So far PROMEDES has mediated many nurses and medical staff to germany, due tzo the fact,that we have many corporation partners who need the foreign workforces.
Additionally PROMEDES mediates other people with formacions that not necessarily evolve around medical matter.


                                                                German Course Pricelist 

 Alemán curso intensive para enfermeras
Nivel B1/B2 aleman

(Por enfermeras, tenemos garantias de trabajo con B1/B2 en alemania y un possibilidad  pagar el curso de alemán sólo si trabajan en Alemania)

Espacio de tiempo:
8  semanas ( basico)


 Alemán curso intensive para enfermeras
Nivel B1/B2 aleman

(Por enfermeras, tenemos garantias de trabajo con B1/B2 en alemania y un possibilidad  pagar el curso de alemán sólo si trabajan en Alemania)

Espacio de tiempo:
12 semanas


Alemán curso intensive para medicos
Nivel B2 aleman

( por pagar en 3 tres partes por inicio, medio y final de curso)

Espacio de tiempo:
12 semanas


Alemán curso intensive para todos diferentes ocupacionales
                        Nivel B2 aleman

( por pagar en 3 tres partes por inicio, medio y final de curso)

Espacio de tiempo:
12 semanas


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Life with PROMEDES

Live and learn with PROMEDES and discover new areas of life that before you have never even dreamed of. If you are an enthusiastic person with a lot of motivation willing to learn and work then this is your chance to finally fulfill your desire.
Germany currently provides more vacancies than what foreign European nurses or doctors could supply for.
European or non-European nurses or medical staff in general, nowadays have the possibility of getting their titles recognised quickly and without much paperwork , similarly it applies to living and working permissions for Germany.
The law has recently been loosened up in order to facilitate the recognition/homologation of titles,diplomas and the procurement of working permissions as well as living permissions.

Many university graduates with nursing diplomas trying to find employment in Spain get very frustrated due to the current economical situation in Spain. Generally Spanish nurses have the chance of short-term-employment in Spain, nevertheless these contracts are not what university graduates are looking for.

In Germany the employment contracts (especially for nurses) are generally permanent.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Employment Contracts in Germany

In general, working contracts can be written up freely between Employee and Employer. The employment contract can be a "word-agreement" but for legal reasons and simply a matter of proof it is always advisable to write the contract up and sign it. If a contract has not been written up,the employer then has a maximum of 1 Month (31 days) to write up the agreements after the employee started.

The language of the contract can be independently chosen,nevertheless it has to be translated into german if court cases etc. should occur, in order to avoid misunderstandings.

The Contract includes following elements:

- Start and (possibly) termination date

- Location of employment

- Short description of the tasks during the  employment period

- Agreed shifts/working hours

- Duration of annual private holidays

- Periods of notice

- Collective Bargaining agreements in force,etc.

- A termination date always MUST be written on  the contract, if not,the contract is automatically permanent

Borderlines to the freedom of the Contract

The individual drawing up of a working contract is restricted by the following :

- several legal regulations (minimum wage,maximum   hours, etc.)

- Collective Bargaining agreement rights aplly  imperatively to Employer and Employee

- Regulations within the enterprise apply compellingly for employee

Probation Period

The period of duration can take up to 6 months. During the time of probation the period of notice is 2 weeks unlees other agreements were made on paper.

Working Period

The working hours must not exceed 8 hours/day and 48 hours per week. Extention of working hours is possible up to 10 hours a day,if within 6 months after the "longer day" the company compensates the extra hours by either payment or holiday. Current working contracts in germany ususally include a weekly amount of hours from 35-40 hours.
After 6 hours of work, the company must grant a 30 min. brake, after 9 hours a 45 min. brake.
A single brake has to be at least 15 minutes long .
The daily rest period counts 11 hours.

Private Holidays

The law states an annual amount of 4 weeks paid holiday. (only sheduled work days off,are counted as holidays => 5 days a week,weekends do not count as holidays)

Reasons for employment termination

An employee can, in a businees of at least 10 employees, within 3 weeks after receiving the terminatiuon letter, initiate a court case against his employer for sozial adversity infront of the labour court. Reasons for employment termination can be of personal provenance or can have its origin in working performance of the employee.


17 Students, that went to germany with PROMEDES and they are now working for the Universitätsklinik München.