I was a recent college graduate from a small town in Ohio. I got hired right out of university doing marketing research, but was let go when my company began down-sizing. The few months after being let go gave me time to think about what I wanted to do with my life going forward. I had seen too many of my friends and peers become stuck in dead end jobs, in trouble with the law or drugs, and just unhappy overall with the choices they made for their lives. I had always wanted to travel and see the things I read about in books throughout my years in school.
On top of that, I felt like working with children would be something exciting, rewarding, and would give me a sense of accomplishment. After looking all over the internet for videos, interviews, and other info about what exactly teaching English abroad was really like, I decided to go for it. I was single, healthy, and able to pick up and leave. I figured I could travel and help children, essentially killing two birds with one stone.