Founder’s Story

I didn’t start helping people teach English abroad as part of some big life plan. In fact, I was never one of those people who knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. I don’t even remember being a child who fantasized about becoming a doctor or a pilot or an astronaut. Back then, I only knew one thing for sure (or so I thought): I didn’t want to be a teacher.

So how the hell did I end up teaching English abroad?

Well, I knew that I wanted to explore the world, and that desire was constantly nagging at my heart, telling me there was so much more than my little bubble on the West Coast, USA.

I wanted to listen to that.

But I didn’t know how I could afford to.

Until I found teaching abroad.

A-ha! I thought. This must be my ticket to the world!

I signed up for a TEFL certification course.

I got a short-term job in Thailand (just in case I didn’t like it).

I bought a one-way ticket (just in case I did).

In the midst of all of that, I started a blog where I told about my journey as a solo female traveler traversing the world one classroom at a time (I went on to teach in China after Thailand).

That blog grew all on its own, I swear. I had no idea what I was doing as a blogger.

Eventually, that blog led me to a number of partnerships in the TEFL community that I still have today.

I was fortunate to be in a position where I could handpick the best teach abroad programs around the globe, and compile them into globalU, where we specialize in short-term programs with job placement assistance.

I’m a huge advocate that travel is the best education. We learn so much about ourselves, the world, and our place in it by opening our hearts and our minds to different cultures, different perspectives, different ways of life. It changes us. Always for the better.

So I through my heart and soul into what is now globalU (were were known as Teach English: ESL previously) and began helping as many people as I could get started on their own world-changing adventures.

I’ve personally helped hundreds of people change their lives by teaching English abroad, and it makes me all teary-eyed when they write to tell me just how much they’ve grown/changed/overcome. To know that they are subsequently making a positive impact on their students, inspiring those who know them to chase their dreams, and doing their part to make the world a more welcoming and understanding place, renews my hope that, together, we really can become a part of a global community.



An elephant sanctuary in Thailand


jessica teaching English in Thailand
Jessica with her students in Thailand


Loy Krathong holiday in Thailand