My interest in languages/communication and cultural exchange began in Baku where I learned Russian and Turkish as a high school student. I sought opportunities outside the classroom, immersing myself in community outreach and teaching projects with international organizations such as Soros Net and the American Center. During this time, I affirmed my dedication to the practice of grassroots organizing and discovered a vocation in working with diverse populations to effect change through projects. After finishing Azerbaijan’s compulsory military service requirement, I completed two-terms as a language/cultural facilitator with the US Peace Corps, exhibiting a strong work ethic in both individual and group collaboration settings. As a project manager for “Teaching Through Travel,” a Democracy Commission / US Embassy-sponsored Peace Corps Volunteer project, I demonstrated leadership as well as a capacity to bring internationally and ethnically diverse communities to further local youth education. Through all these positions, I developed the experience, personal focus and technical skills of an educator.
In December 2011, I relocated to the United States as a legal permanent resident where I continue to apply my faculty for language acquisition, studying Latin-American Spanish. Having acquired authorization to work in the United States, I garnered further insight into the nuances of cultural exchange and interpersonal communication over the past 14 months of work. I look forward to applying them as I pursue my long-term professional goals in the field of teaching/translating languages.
Let me help you speak a new language.
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