Freelance copyeditor and EFL tutor interested in ENG/SWE translation. I had some interesting sidetracks before I fell into that position, however.
I worked in South Korea from 2009 to 2010 as an English language teacher at a children's hagwon. This inspired me to complete my CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, from Cambridge University), administered by the Instituto Britanico in San Jose, Costa Rica, in late 2010. From 2011 to 2012 I returned to work at South Korean children's hagwons. During this time I also volunteered at a school for adult North Korean defectors.
I've also worked as a tour guide and sales clerk at Lost River Caverns in Hellertown, PA. There, I was responsible for giving tours, light custodial work, managing inventory, and selling goods that ranged from souvenirs to lapidary supplies to jewelry findings. I started working there in June of 2004 and remained there on-and-off in between jobs and to supplement my income as needed until I moved to Sweden in October of 2013. It was there I polished my public speaking skills and fostered a love for rocks and gems as well as jewelry-making and metal craft. Making jewelry is still an important hobby of mine, as is writing.
I also spent a few months volunteering for Welcome House, a subsidiary of Pearl S. Buck International. I did some folder-stuffing and bookmark-making, but I spent most of my time meticulously scanning and digitizing paper adoption records.