Alex Freeman - Alex spent the past three months putting his Spanish minor to task at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, where he worked with a multicultural team to promote the commercial relationship between the U.S. and Chile. Alex reports, “My language skills were vital in interpreting Chilean laws, customs, and import regulations, as well as for providing translation services regarding memoranda written to international dignitaries and officials.
In the Embassy, I also provided critical interpreting support to a team of Special Agents from the US Department of Commerce, who came to Chile to review export licenses for products deemed sensitive to national security.
Drake's WLC Department, particularly courses offered by Prof. Mazar and Prof. Pinheiro-Cadd, did a superior job preparing me for this tremendous professional and cultural experience.”
Former students Jonathon Allred and Cherri Cathi, who taught in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, are still living and working in Tokyo. Cherri comments that “After graduating Drake University, I moved to a small town in Japan as an English teacher through the JET Program. It was an amazing 3 years and after my contract ended, I was (and still am) not ready return to the States. So I decided to move to Tokyo in September 2016, and have since been working at a Japanese career website company as Media Sales Support staff. I handle my day-to-day work all in Japanese and provide advice to clients on how to improve their self-promotion on our company website. It has always been a goal of mine to challenge myself to work in a Japanese business setting and now I am here!
“While at Drake, I took Spanish classes and cultural classes in the WLC program. I also had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain for a month one summer. After I graduated from Drake in May of 2016, I moved to the small town of Cehegín, in the region of Murcia in Spain in September of 2016. I spent eight months there and I taught English in an elementary school. I then moved to Santiago, Chile last November. I am teaching English in a school, as well as working with an organization called Kingdom Workers. The WLC program at Drake helped to motivate me to pursue options of work in other countries and with other cultures. Both through language classes and cultural classes at Drake, I was prepared to take on the Spanish language and the different cultures when I moved to Spain and Chile. Through those classes at Drake, it made me want to go and experience these cultures. Not only am I able to use the Spanish language skills that I acquired at Drake, but I am also able to use the culture skills that I learned- whether that was in general how to handle culture shock or reverse culture shock or just from learning the general culture of these countries and learning how to adapt to new cultures. Throughout my time in Spain, I was also able to travel to other countries throughout Europe, and now in my time in Chile, I am able to travel to other countries in South America, and again, the culture classes at Drake helped me to adapt to these new situations.”