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Summary

Through engagement with a diverse set of community members, students, and peers in both domestic and international settings, I have developed a highly adaptable and unique leadership skill set that has proved successful in mentoring, tutoring and facilitating volunteer programs that foster globally responsible citizens. 

Professional Experience

Feb 2016Present

Private Tutor

Independent

Freelance English as a second language tutor for non-native English speakers. I prepare lesson plans based on the specific needs of the learner; experience teaching English for learners in the tourism and hospitality industry and general topics in Thailand. This includes teaching English grammar, writing, reading, speaking, and listening, pronunciation and accent reduction to effectively communication as an English speaker.

May 2015Present

Lead Guide and Education Program Coordinator

Growth International Volunteer Excursions

Lead groups of 15-30 adults on two-week long international volunteer trips in a rural village near Chiang Mai, Thailand. Management of the scheduling of the group's in-country travel, accommodation, food and adventure activities through coordination with a local tour company. Oversee the day to day operations to ensure safety, efficiency and satisfaction for volunteers. Responsible for the allocation of project funds for the English Education program, construction projects and petty cash. Co-facilitated our partner Institution, Central Washington University's accredited 400-level college course entitled International Sustainable Community Development. Sufficient knowledge of the local environment, economy, customs and government is necessary to facilitate the required group discussions, provoke critical thinking skills and encourage volunteers to interact with locals. As the Education Program Coordinator, I train volunteers on the skills,  techniques and methods in order to adequately prepare and administer an English language curriculum in an informal classroom setting to Thai students. The English program encompasses 3 different government funded schools, over 200 students in grades Primary 1 through Intermediate 2 and over 50 adult community members and school staff. I schedule and coordinate lesson times with the local schools via a resident teacher and community liaison/translator.

Jun 2014May 2015

Project Manager

Diversified Plastics West Inc.

Coordinated various projects for a plastic manufacturing company in order to increase employee productivity and reduce environmental impact. Implemented a human resources department by partnering with an outside HR Consulting Firm. Collaborated with the general manager to create a Safety Manual, Employee Handbook and a Standardized Policies and Procedures Manual. Shadowed employees to create a plan for increased productivity within each position, assisted the general manager in conducting employee meetings to promote communication and goal setting strategies. Implemented recycling policies to reduce waste and curb expenditures related to disposal and storage of excess raw material. Managed Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Payroll using Quickbooks software.

Aug 2013May 2014

Student Mentor

Stanley Prep

Responsible for tutoring, mentoring and translating for a group of five international students from South Korea during my daily office hours. Required to assist students with research, study support, registering for classes and correction of any assignment or project for class. Facilitated social gatherings and outings for the students to create 1 group camaraderie, explore the local community of Flagstaff, Arizona. Available for personal guidance issues, general questions and cultural information to help ease the stress of transitioning to American college student life.

Education

Jan 2012May 2014

Bachelor of Science, Psychology with Health and Wellness minor

Northern Arizona University

3.6 Cumulative GPA

Dean's List: Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014

Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship Recipient

Sep 2010Jun 2011

Recreation and Tourism Major

Central Washington University

3.6 Cumulative GPA

Honor Roll: Fall 2010, Winter 2011

Kappa Delta Honor Society Member


Jun 2011

Ecuador Study Abroad: International Perspectives on Sustainable Tourism 

Central Washington University

Faculty-led 2-week academic course in Ecuador examining the environmental, socio-cultural and economic impacts of the tourism industry in a developing nation. 

Volunteer Experience

January 2016May 2016

 Community Engagement and Farming Assistant

Daweyu Hills

Daweyu Hills is a cross-cultural project between the Lahu Sheleh of Doi Mod and other nearby villages, and interested individuals from around the globe. Their primary focus is developing a sustainable-income model for the cultivation, processing, and roasting of organic Arabica coffee. As a farming assistant, I learned proper growing, roasting and cupping techniques with the local Lahu Tribe members, local coffee industry professionals and the founder, Dr. Scribner. Through industry and community events in Chiang Mai, I fostered partnerships with coffee shops to sell our products locally. In order to support the documentation of Lahu history and culture through photography, film, and other media, I recorded the day to day operations and project process through photography and via social media management.  

Sept 2015April 2015

Impact and Outreach Volunteer

SheJumps! Pacific Northwest Region

SheJumps! Empowers women to stay active in outdoor sports in order to cultivate a strong community of healthy, passionate and educated women in the Pacific Northwest. Events include a screening of the Pretty Faces all women ski and snowboard movie, “Get the Girls Out” ski days at Crystal Mountain, Wa and backcountry survival classes for young girls in Seattle. My responsibilities include helping to set up, tear down and advertise events in my local community, obtain donations from local businesses and volunteer leading groups during events in the backcountry.

Jan 2012May 2012

Assistant Troop Leader

Girl Scouts of Flagstaff, AZ

Volunteered as a co-facilitator of an after school program for 20 girls in the third grade, which promoted environmental awareness, friendship, leadership and civic engagement. The purpose was for potential Girl Scout members to learn about the organization through small group activities. We spent three hours per day, two days a week, engaging in crafts, team building exercises, park clean ups, and learning outdoor skills to inspire and educate young girls in the community.

Certifications

Mar 2016

Wilderness First Aid Certificate and International Wilderness Guide Certificate                                                  

Growth International Volunteer Excursions WILD Program
  • Expected Completion March 27th, 2016
  • Core competencies: Risk Management Techniques, Outdoor Leadership and Teamwork, Wilderness Skills and Decision-Making, International Sustainability Principles
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification through the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • International Wilderness Guide Certificate through Central Washington University and the International Sustainable Development Institute
Nov 2015Dec 2015

120- Hour TEFL Certification

Samui TEFL
  • 120 hour in-person classroom coursework and observed teaching practicals
  • Training in methods to instruct primary, intermediate, professional and adult learners
  • Strategies for cross-cultural communication, lesson planning and classroom management

References

Dr. Ken Cohen/ Senior Managing Director of Community Development and Advancement

Paladin Healthcare Management

Email: kcohen@pldn.com

Daniel Trevor/ International Operations

Growth International Volunteer Excursions

Email: dan@givevolunteers.org