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Summary

A multi-skilled, reliable & punctual translator with several years of translating experience and a passion to learn new things. 

A quick learner who can absorb new ideas & can communicate clearly & effectively with people from all social and professional backgrounds. Well mannered, articulate & fully aware of diversity & multicultural issues. 

Big interest in politics, diplomacy, development and with a heart for nature.

Work History

Oct 2012Present

Freelance Translator

Veerle Geens

Translation of English to Dutch, French to Dutch and Japanese to Dutch and English. Also working freelance for a translation agency providing punctual translations and revisions of translations to clients where needed.

My specializations are government and politics, international politics, diplomacy, international development, conflict, environment & ecology, tourism and travel, computer software, manuals, social media and arts. 

Sep 2015Present

Assistant

Red Cross Flanders

In the emergency centre for asylum seekers of the Red Cross in Westakkers, Sint-Niklaas I work as an assistant. This implies doing the follow-up of the procedures, giving psycho-social support, helping the refugees to integrate in Belgium and helping with the general running of the centre. 

20122014

Translator

Gctranslations

Freelance Translator, working together with Gctranslations. I translated English to Dutch, French to Dutch and Japanese to Dutch. Mostly medical and agricultural subjects.

Nov 2011Sep 2012

Technical Writer

Northgate Arinso

As a technical writer I improved and added to the documentation for NorthgateArinso. I wrote several types of documentation for different kinds of end-users (for example for the consultants, the user, the client, etc.) of products from NGA. I also translated the labels for euHReka (an HR program from NGA) from English to Japanese and to Dutch.

Sep 2010Sep 2011

Translator Internship

Gctranslations

Translator internship, mostly English and French to Dutch.

Education

Sep 2014Dec 2016

Master of Science in Conflict and Development

University of Ghent

Master-after-master degree with a focus on the interaction between conflict and the Global South. This is with an interdisciplinary approach where we explore, analyse and discuss the different views from various academical disciplines such as the political sciences, anthropology, developmental studies and sociology.

Sep 2010Aug 2011

Master of arts – Master of Language and Area Studies: Japanology

Catholic University of Leuven

Subject Masterthesis: The role and politics of Japan during the Cancun Climate Change Conference (COP 16)

Aug 2008June 2009

Exchange student in Osaka, Japan

Kansai University

As an exchange student in Osaka, Japan I took law classes in Japanese and followed a program to improve my Japanese further. I also voluntarily taught basic Dutch to Japanese students (in Japanese) and also had a reading group with elderly Japanese. Here we read a text together (for example from Murakami) and discussed about it afterwards in English.

Next to that I also worked in a  Belgian Beer Bar in Osaka. This was a fun way to learn Japanese more fluently. I could explain Belgian customs to Japanese customers and in that way improve my Japanese in a practical way.

20052010

Bachelor of arts – Bachelor of Language and Area Studies: Japanology

Catholic University of Leuven

Trainings and colloquia

June 2015

Infocyclus BTC

BTC - Belgian Development Agency

This is a training organized by the Belgian Development Agency on international cooperation and North-South relations.

Feb 2014June 2014

Basic Spanish Level 1

UCT - University Language Center

Basic Spanish level 1 at the language center of the University of Ghent

March 2013May 2013

Postacademic training “Introduction to the biological basis of human behavior”

IPVW and the University of Ghent (IPVW)

Institute for Continuing Education in Science In cooperation with the University of Ghent (IPVW)