From international trade consulting to Spanish cooking, Roanoke College alumni launch new careers after teaching English in Spain
Roanoke graduates teach English and learn Spanish culture through the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program. The program has inspired several Roanoke alumni to forge new career paths.
This Maroon spent the summer teaching in Guatemala as a way to cement her Spanish language skills while giving back to and working with an indigenous community.
As a result of Dr. Jon Crawford’s guidance, Hery now hopes to have a career in international education. She claims that her experience in the office was “the first time I’ve ever actually been able to visualize my career path and decide what I would like to do.”
Student also will spend a semester in France in an effort to further the connection with the manuscript she has studied.
“Having this opportunity to plan and implement lessons for a year has been a real benefit,” says Musgrove. “I know that the kids have also benefited – how could you not from learning about another culture?”
“Learning by experience and doing things firsthand is the best way to learn and study something,” says Beck. “You can always read something in books, but to go and do it on your own – there’s nothing like it.”
“I’m happy at how closely our relationship resembles the graduate relationship that I just left,” Wallace Fuentes says. “I expect that Katie will have ideas that’ll floor me and I look forward to that.”
“Peru is one of the better places to study abroad. There are not a lot of Americans [there] and so many natural wonders to see,” says Beck.
“There are really beautiful facets of East Asian cultures, specifically Chinese and Japanese, which deserve attention from students.”