Jenna's Journey to Germany

Current Location

Essen, Germany

My name is Jenna Kersten and I am living in Essen, Germany as an English Teaching Assistant in a Gymnasium (middle school and high school). 


My work days in Essen start very early with a bus ride to the school where I teach. When I'm not working, I'm exploring my new home city and jumping on opportunities to improve my German!


Even though I grew up in a small town outside of Buffalo, New York, so many things in my life have gone into developing my passion for traveling and interest in learning more about Germany!

Field Notes

When people think of German food, they often imagine sausages and sauerkraut. These foods are definitely important in German cooking, but what do people eat when they need a meal on the go?


I've officially been in Germany for about a month! Since then, I've had quite a bit of time to explore the Ruhrgebiet, or area around the Ruhr River.