In addition to writing, Jonathon has spent ample time living and working abroad. He began his career as an indefinite expat while teaching EFL in several countries, including the Czech Republic, Korea, Guatemala, Turkey, Palestine, and Russia. Operating for Las Manos de Christine, he also helped to establish an English after-school program in a small village called El Hato. While abroad, he has worked as an NGO fundraiser, volunteer coordinator, guesthouse manager, dinner chef, house sitter, and permaculture project developer—to name but a few. All-in-all, he has lived a decade abroad spread across 12 countries.
Some of his travel highlights include spending Christmas in Bethlehem, watching New Year’s fireworks over St. Basil’s cathedral, and disappearing into the jungles of Colombia during Semana Santa. Low lights include such offending acts as sleeping in the shelter of a strip mall in Panama, loitering in bus stations and airports for hours to avoid the costs of another night at the hostel, and peeing behind a church in England, one of many public buildings to be honest. Somewhere in between, he has scuba dived with sharks, gardened in an Ecuadorian cloud forest, and helped to build an earthbag house.