Jeff was born in California, and raised in the small town of Port Orchard, WA. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Hamline University. Immediately after graduation, Jeff flew off to Madagascar to teach English with the U.S Peace Corps. He taught English to middle school students as well as adults. While in Madagascar, Jeff learned to speak the local language and enjoyed untold hours of conversation in the local marketplace. After completing his service with the Peace Corps, Jeff travelled to South Africa and Egypt. He has also traveled to France.
Laurie Nesbitt was born in Washington, D.C. and spent her childhood in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Scotland. After graduating from the University of Tampa, she volunteered for the U.S. Peace Corps in Nepal, where she worked as a forester and lived with the Tharu people of the Inner Terai. When Laurie returned to the U.S., she earned her MA TESOL at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and went on to teach in California, Florida, and Sri Lanka.