• "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."

    Anthony Robbins

  • About

    Nastacia House

    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.

  • Specialization

    *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)

  • Work Experience

    Go Overseas

    Online Study Abroad Advisor,

    Oct 2016 - Present

    • Advise students on semester and year-long study abroad options and respond to their inquiries 

    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):

    • Customized lesson plans on a weekly basis with the use of interactive technologies, games and activities for about 340 students in K-6th grade with various language abilities
    • Co-proofread the Office of Education's 2013 English dialogue phrase book for 5-6th graders that was distributed to elementary schools in 15 cities throughout the province 

    Marymount University

    Student Worker, International Student Services office,

    Aug 2011 - May 2012

    • Greeted and provided assistance to current international students and performed clerical duties
    • Helped in the implementation of cross-cultural events and special projects sponsored by the office
    • Demonstrated multi-tasking abilities as International Club president to plan for weekly club meetings, seasonal orientations, and special events such as the annual International Banquet that had around 500 attendees

    Marymount University

    Student Ambassador, Undergraduate Admissions office,

    Aug 2010 - May 2012

    • Provided campus tours to prospective students and families
    • Answered questions about the admissions process, campus life, and campus facilities via phone, email, and Skype
    • Contacted and answered questions about university life and the application process for interested and qualified prospective students in China each week via Skype as a Zinch China Student Ambassador (Nov 2011 - May 2012)

    American World Services

    Project Assistant (intern),

    Jan 2012 - Apr 2012

    • Completed market studies for overseas companies requiring industry-specific market information for their product area in the U.S. market
    • Researched, contacted and doubled the number of U.S. based renewable energy biotech clients in attendance at eh 2012 Thailand Board of Investments seminar in Denver, CO

    Qian Tang Communications Tech

    Business Development Assistant (intern),

    May 2010 - July 2010

    • Generated leads for possible sales by researching foreign companies in China
    • Emailed and cold called potential clients about the services QTCT offers
  • 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

    Professional Development,

    Sept - Nov 2016

    • Eight week online course about exploring student affairs in the higher education profession

    Global Pro Institute

    Professional Development,

    Nov - Dec 2015

    • Six week online professional development program in international education and youth and meaningful travel

    BridgeTEFL

    100-Hour TEFL Certification,

    Oct 2012

    • Certificate number: TO0021920

    IES Abroad

    China & Southeast Asian Development program,

    Summer 2011

    • Examined China's economic integration strategies with countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region in Kunming, China
    • Field trip to Vietnam and Laos to meet with government and business officials who are either empowered or disaffected by China's plans for the region 
    • Four weeks of intensive Mandarin lessons for Beginning Chinese 101 at Yunnan University

    Marymount University

    Economics major & International Business minor,

    Aug 2008 - May 2012

    • Graduated Cum Laude
    • Awards: Dean's List, Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honor Society in Economics), view my other honors and awards on LinkedIn
    • Participated in a short term faculty-led study abroad course called Doing Business in Latin America in Panama to learn how to navigate culture diversity in a business setting 

    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

  • International Experience

    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,

    May-July 2010

     

    Kunming, CHINA: 6 weeks of study abroad,

    Summer 2011

     

    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

  • Contact

    Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    nastacia (dot) house (at) gmail (dot) com

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