About Me

*photo credit: Tim Henkels. 

I’m a high school English and Psychology teacher and have also taught Theory of Knowledge-a personal philosophy class in the IB program.  We have taught/lived in Ecuador, Turkey, and now we live in New Songdo City, South Korea.  I love living and traveling all over the world!

I’ve also been known to:

-run trails

-climb rocks, ice, and mountains

-telemark ski


-read good books

-squish my cat a little too much

I began this blog because I tired of having a new blog for every place we live and then feeling like if all I was writing about was my travel outside of that country then I wasn’t doing what I was “supposed to do.”  I hope that this can be one central location that never changes no matter where on Earth I may be or what in the world I might want to discuss.

I also want to do new things, like provide information about life in our brand new city in South Korea since there is horribly sparse information available.  Or maybe I want to talk about my travel outside of Korea.  Or perhaps I’ll provide how-to information for other teachers.  Or maybe I’ll just document some of the crazy I encounter on this journey.  I hope you’ll follow along!

You can contact me for questions and articles at erinhenkels at gmail.com


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. internationalschoolcommunity
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:20:00


    We love your blog and have highlighted it on International School Community.


    Thanks for sharing what it is like living abroad and being an international teacher in South Korea.

    Best regards!


  2. Steph
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 17:25:15

    Hi there! I’m a Canadian who’s currently negotiating for a job in Songdo. I found your blog while I was googling around for information on living in Songdo. I would love to pick your brain a bit about the city. If you’d like to answers some (hopefully not completely inane) questions please email me at stephanieokingston@gmail.com I would really appreciate the help!


  3. Lindsay
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 18:04:19

    It’s great to find another blogging international teacher out there! My husband and I are always having to explain that we are not ESL teachers, we are international teachers teaching Elem. and Humanities. Can’t wait to read more about your adventures!


  4. The Kaufholds
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 18:09:05

    It’s so great to find another blogging international teacher out there! My husband and I are always trying to explain that we do not teach ESL, we are Elem. and Humanities teachers. Can’t wait to read more about your adventures!


  5. internationalschoolcommunity
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 17:10:19

    Hi Lindsay.

    We have started to compile a list of the blogs of international teachers on our blog. Check out which ones that we have so far (15 blogs) here: http://internationalschoolcommunity.wordpress.com/category/blogs-of-international-teachers/



  6. lindsi
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 22:54:51

    Annyeong Chingu! I have really enjoyed looking through your blog! and I just adore your bali! I am a Canadian, elem teacher and I am interested in Chadwick. I applied online, as I live in Newfoundland quite far from any career fairs, but was hoping you could tell me a bit more about the school. I just recently returned home after spending 2 1/2 years in korea, and I am itching to get back. I loved the country but I just cant do the private esl schools anymore, with their lack of vacation, low pay, and long hours. Any tips you have on getting hired?? I’d appreciate any information you can give me 🙂


    • erinhenkels
      Feb 23, 2012 @ 10:08:31

      Hi Lindsi–thanks for the comment. Anyone who loves Bali is in the club. Feel free to email me with your questions. I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can: erinhenkels at gmail.com


  7. anitajohorton
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 19:56:06

    Hello! I was turned on to your wonderful blog by someone mentioning it on the ISR Forum. I am an art teacher, in Texas, but making plans to begin my career teaching internationally in one year! And…I have started a blog about it. Please check it out at http://www.artteachtravel.com . I’ve just discovered your blog and I am so thrilled to read further. I will definitely follow you! I hope our paths do cross one day. All the best!


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