I spent a glorious 18 months drifting through Asia, one classroom at a time. It was all part of an elongated goal to teach at the college level in The States, where I’m from, but it’s more complicated than that. I want to teach writing, which means, firstly, I need to be a writer. A published one. And travel provides the inspiration and material to do just that. I’m currently in Fort Collins, Colorado where I’m aiming to cross a few more necessary things off The List toward that goal, namely “earn a M.A. degree” (I’m studying English/Creative Nonfiction at Colorado State University) and write a book (I’m working on a memoir about my travels called, “The People We Meet;” it will be my thesis project). I continue to teach in a different realm – as a consultant in the campus Writing Center, and leading courses on library instruction (nerd alert), but I dream of more adventures with ESL in the future.


Along with benefiting my writing, exploring new countries opens my mind to differences in cultural customs, foods, mannerisms, etc., cementing my faith in this famous quote by St. Augustine: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” I suffer from an outrageous desire to read the entire thing.


Not only do I want to see everything, I want to stay long enough in each place to soak up and understand as much as possible. Teaching abroad allows me to do that. I can befriend the locals and become a temporary part of the community – the best way, in my opinion, to understand a culture.


One of the reasons I want to teach is because I love to learn. Teaching abroad allows me to learn all about the culture in which I’m immersed, to gain experience in various classrooms, and to pick up the local language from my students. In The States, I’ll be required to continually study the topic in which I teach, and I look forward to learning new things from my students each day.P.S. Readers – You’ve already flattered me by reading this, but if you could go one step further and sign up to receive email updates (via the ‘subscribe to blog’ button in the sidebar), you could actually help put pennies in my pocket. Hey, pennies go a lot further in Asia!

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” ~unknown

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  1. -B says:

    This is amazing Jessica – enjoy the journey and remember to take time to reflect on cultural diversity.

  2. Khun Jessica

    Welcome to Thailand.

    I hope you truly do enjoy the experience.


  3. Caroline says:

    Hi Jessica, I’m Caroline! I truly relate to your sense of adventure and affinity with language! I’ve studied abroad in college, but always thought I’d teach English overseas. May I ask how old you are and how you came to decide to teach English in Thailand? :)

    • jessicajhill says:

      Hi Caroline. I’m glad you found my blog. I’m 25, and I wound up in Thailand for many reasons. 1) I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to travel and write. So, teaching English was a way to make that a lucrative goal. 2) In the process of getting my online TEFL (I used ITTT), I decided I might actually like to teach writing, and that the adventure I was preparing for might be a great way to get my feet wet. 3) I chose Thailand because I found a company (AYC) that allowed me to sign a 6-month contract instead of 1-year, like most, and what’s not to love about a tropical climate with friendly people?

      By far, this has been the best experience of my short life. I would recommend it to everyone with a little sense of adventure and a laid back attitude. See my post about getting started here: http://jessicajhill.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/you-want-to-teach-abroad/

      Let me know if you have any more questions. I’m happy to help.

  4. {lv} says:

    Jessica, thanks for the comment on my blog! Life is all about the adventure — why not, right? :D
    That’s amazing that you’re teaching in Thailand and despite not what to expect, I’m sure you’re having a wonderful time learning about the culture and language. I, myself, love languages and immersing in different cultures. It’s about the experience —something new & different, but remarkable and gaining new knowledge—- I have always wanted to teach abroad for a year or so. I’m reading your ‘you want to teach abroad?” post and it’s really helpful! Thank for that wonderful insight!
    I’ll be in Vientiane, Laos until mid-June so if you wanna meet up here let me know. I’ll be glad to show you around (despite not knowing how to speak Laotian). Enjoy the rest of your adventure!

    • jessicajhill says:

      Hello! You absolutely should teach abroad. It’s an experience you’ll never regret, and it really allows you to see part of a culture you wouldn’t be able to if you were just traveling through.

      I’ll definitely get in touch before I head to Vientiane. It would be nice to have you show us around!

  5. Alex Barker says:

    I don’t know how else to get ahold of you, but please send me an email so we can catch up! Your travel look incredible!

  6. Daniela says:


    I think you have a great blog here and doing great things really. Travelling and writing and teaching … fantastic!


  7. Courtney says:

    You are living my dream! Once my kids are older, I am doing this! Thanks for finding me and following, because I am wicked excited to follow along with you on your journey!

  8. Yes very succinct aims. I sometimes feel the thing I enjoy most about travelling is trying to write about it.

  9. Kimbernator says:

    You are so awesome! I am the only one out of all my friends who has traveled extensively, and as you and I both know, they’re missing out on a pretty incredible book. :)

  10. thirdeyemom says:

    Just popped by for a second and I can’t wait to read it!!! I got so sick after India so this time I’m definitely being more careful. I will catch up on your posts as soon as I get time (never get much with two kids!) Thanks for telling me about your blog! Nicole

  11. Nitin says:

    Teaching inspires…keep up the good work!!!

  12. Wow! You are living a life that most of us dream about. Travelling, meeting new people of various cultures, sharing the priceless gift of learning and friendship. Your blog is a blessing to all. Thanks.

  13. I’ve nominated you for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger award’! Check out my post to see how it works! http://katiewanderlust.com/2013/08/20/the-blogs-that-have-inspired-me/

  14. So glad I came across your blog Jessica, I look forward to reading more!

  15. Jennifer says:

    Hi Miss Adventure,

    Your website is really awesome. I’m thinking about teaching English at a summer camp in Thailand, maybe in Bangkok, and wanted to know if you could recommend any camps or places where to get info about such. This is my first time going to Thailand/Asia so I’m just trying to find info. I’d sincerely appreciate it! Thanks

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