"To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others."
Expat | Educator | Globetrotter | Cultural Ambassador
Hi, I am Nastacia and recently I was an EFL Teacher.
Officially, my job was to prepare lessons and teach students
English as a foreign language at two public elementary schools
in South Korea.
But really, I was a cultural ambassador gently challenging my students, coworkers, and language exchange buddies' perspectives on topics not limited to the United States, the African diaspora, and the English language as I attempted to learn more about their own country's culture, values, and language.
I have 5 years of international education experience ranging from international student services to TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) abroad as well as knowledge of study abroad, event management, and recruiting. Combined with cross-cultural sensitivity and adaptability skills from working in East Asia as well as personal travels to 35+ countries, I have the qualifications to work in an international education or higher education position.
My goal is to contribute to improving intercultural communication and understanding between the U.S. and other countries via educational and cultural exchanges, training, and programs.
Explore a few of my specialties below.
*This is not a comprehensive summary of my skills and experiences.
International & Global Education
Organized and provided names and the logistics of important government offices, museums, and other sites of Korean cultural and political significance as well as initiated meetings with a Foreign Service Officer at the US Embassy Seoul and North Korean refugees for Marymount University's short term faculty led course in Seoul. (2015)
Collaborated with the Chungcheongnamdo Office of Education by proofreading the content in the 2013 English dialogue phrase book for 5-6th graders. (2013)
Prepared interactive and informative lesson plans about English grammar and Western culture on a weekly basis for elementary school students with various language abilities in multiple grades.
(2012 - present)
Contributed to the implementation of cross-cultural events and special projects sponsored by the International Student Services office (such as the creation of the Global Thinkers co-ed residential learning community) as well as greeted and provided assistance to international students. (2011 - 2012)
Examined China's economic integration strategies with countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region as a study abroad student with IES Abroad's China and Southeast Asian Development program in Kunming, China. (2011)
Intercultural Communication & Public Speaking
Recruited prospective American students currently living in Korea for my alma mater, Marymount University, at the 7th Annual College Fair at Seoul Elementary School on Yongsan Garrison military base. (2014)
Articulated my experiences as a Black woman living in East Asia on the panel at the TrailBlasian book launch party in Seoul. (2014)
Facilitated weekly English conversational lessons at city hall for the local civil servants in Boryeong, South Korea. (2013 - 2014)
Engaged the audience of 500 people at the annual International Banquet as the International Club's president. (2012)
Recruited prospective students located in China each week via Skype phone calls, as a Zinch China Student Ambassador, by answering their questions about the application process and university life. (2011 - 2012)
Presented at Marymount University's Student Research Conference with other students about the business process involved in selling handmade Kenyan crafts for Maasai Made, a project initiative that sends the profits back to the Lturoto tribe that created the products. (2011)
Mentored international and domestic first-year students by co-teaching a freshmen seminar class as well as meeting each student 1-on-1 to help them quickly transition from high school to college life and get connected to their new community two years in a row. (fall 2010 & 2011)
Marketed the services my international business development internship offers by emailing and cold-calling foreign organizations located in Shanghai. (summer 2010)
Event Planning & Management
Participated in the set up and advertisement of the 3rd annual Black Culture and History Festival which was sponsored by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Seoul. (2016)
Publicized and ensured the success of Senior Class Gift activities and events that ultimately raised over $5,600 for 11 scholarship recipients the next school year. (2012)
Coordinated annual events, with the other officers of the International Club, such as the International Thanksgiving dinner in the fall and the highly anticipated International Banquet in the spring. (2011 - 2012)
Directed weekly International Club coffee hours by leading discussions on various topics related to cultural traditions and differences, country presentations, and world affairs, as well as led off campus field trips. (2011 - 2012)
Headed the food committee for the International Banquet for two years in a row by surveying students' food preferences, confirming the buffet style dishes were delivered on time, the checks were ready to pay the restaurants, and the tags were prepared and arranged to properly label the food. (spring 2009 & 2010)
Assisted the models backstage as a dresser for the African Caribbean Student Association's Voyage to Utopia fashion show for three years in a row. (spring 2009, 2010 & 2011)
Online Study Abroad Advisor,
Oct 2016 - Present
Chungcheongnamdo Office of Education
Native English Teacher,
Dec 2012 - Nov 2016
Taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at two elementary schools in Cheonan, South Korea (and previously in Boryeong, South Korea):
Student Worker, International Student Services office,
Aug 2011 - May 2012
Student Ambassador, Undergraduate Admissions office,
Aug 2010 - May 2012
American World Services
Project Assistant (intern),
Jan 2012 - Apr 2012
Qian Tang Communications Tech
Business Development Assistant (intern),
May 2010 - July 2010
Education & Professional Development
"Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience."
- Denis Waitley
Colorado State University Online
Sept - Nov 2016
Global Pro Institute
Nov - Dec 2015
100-Hour TEFL Certification,
China & Southeast Asian Development program,
Economics major & International Business minor,
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Economics coursework included:
Principles of Microeconomics • Principles of Macroeconomics • Environmental Economics • Managerial Economics • International Economics • Contemporary Issues in Economics • Statistical Analysis
Business coursework included:
Organizational Management • Technical Writing • IT in the Global Age • Accounting I & II • Financial Management • Principles of Marketing • Business Ethics
Additional coursework included:
Event Planning • Racial & Ethnic Diversity • Principles of Sociology • Religions of the World • American Government • American Policy Process • Introduction to Political Theory • Social Justice: Ethical Dilemmas in Social Thought • Development of Social Thought
Personal Travels Abroad:
*37 countries if you count Scotland and Wales separately from the United Kingdom
ASIA: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
EUROPE: Austria, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Switzerland, Vatican City, Wales
NORTH AMERICA: Bahamas, Canada, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, United States
Meaningful Travels Abroad:
*ranging from 1 week to 4 years
Kingston, JAMAICA: 1 year of primary school, 1994-1995
Shanghai, CHINA: 2.5 months of internship,
Kunming, CHINA: 6 weeks of study abroad,
Panama City, PANAMA: 1 week of study abroad, Spring break 2012
Boryeong & Cheonan, SOUTH KOREA:
4 years of teaching EFL at two elementary schools in each city, Nov 2012 - Present