Karen was born in Hong Kong, and raised in San Francisco, California. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language & Culture and a minor in Japanese from University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, Karen worked abroad in Daejeon, South Korea for two years as an English instructor at a private learning center. She piloted a new curriculum and specialized in preparing students for the iBT TOEFL. During her time abroad, she travelled to a number of countries, including Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and India, while gaining new cultural experiences.
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.
Lindsey grew up in Old Saybrook, Connecticut and has many fond memories of sailing with her family to Newport and other places around New England. She first discovered her passion for international travel as an undergraduate at Washington College, a small liberal arts school in Maryland, when she studied abroad in Spain and Tanzania. After graduating, she taught English to middle and high school students in Colombia for a year through a volunteer organization called WorldTeach.
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.