Jillian grew up in Maryland, USA, and spent her childhood traveling to soccer tournaments and playing outdoors with her 3 siblings. During college, she spent a semester in Florence, enabling her to travel throughout Europe. Her experience sparked a fascination with living abroad. Upon graduation, relentless to settle for a 9-5, she decided to move to Prague where she earned a TEFL degree.
After more traveling and networking, she was led to a teaching job in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Chiang Mai has been her home now for over 4 years. Hiking, camping, riding, eating and sight-seeing are some of her favorite things to do in SE Asia. In CM, she has immersed herself in teaching and is involved with a local NGO that is aimed at improving the lives of Thailand hill tribes. Through these experiences she has fallen in love with intercultural exchange and with working, helping and inspiring others to travel. She is extremely excited to work for J! again and to help empower others in the opportunity of new exciting experiences.