Raehyun founded Link n Learn in 2017, following her passion to establish a second home for international families to connect, learn and network in an international global community.
A South Korean native, Raehyun studied communications on three different continents (Africa, Europe and Australia) before taking a break from school to try her hand at learning German in Frankfurt. While her German suffered thanks to the international nature of the city, thankfully she met the love of her life.
After she married her husband, they started their life in a wet, dark and depressing Frankfurt November. It was lonely, despite her outgoing personality. But after building out a community and a close-knit circle of friends, she was convinced: It’s not the place, but the people who make it a home.
She interned at international firm Star Alliance with colleagues from 18 other nations, earned an award as a public speaker and took a leadership role in her spare time at international public speaking club Toastmasters.
As a saleswoman, she built No. 1 American career site Careerbuilder’s German accounts from scratch. She then moved to the Economist Group and worked as an online and digital sales executive, responsible for Northern Europe.
Perhaps her biggest challenge? Becoming a mother, something that upended her life in all the best ways. She stayed active, taking courses and meeting other moms — all with a baby in tow. It created community in a lonely time, especially with family overseas.
When relocating, it’s hard to imagine a new life, new home. How do you meet new friends? Where will your children be able to feel comfortable?
Raehyun’s passion was born out of wanting to create a second home for international families like her own. At the same time, it was also driven by the experience of the difficulty trying to find activities for her daughter due to a lack of options. Finding classes became a constant struggle and headache: researching options, joining a waiting list, finishing a course, repeat.
There has to be a better way, she thought at the time. Therefore, she channeled her passion for bringing people together into Link n Learn.