Marisa Schneider

Freelance Creative Writer & Portuguese Translator

Location:Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom
2 Skills
Nationality: Dual - South African & Portuguese
Marital status: Married
E-mail address:

English, Afrikaans and Portuguese

University Of South Africa
2008 to 2009 - BA Honors in English
2001 to 2004 - BA Degree English and Communication Science
**** Crisis
Jan to Jun 2011 - **** Crisis Intervention Diploma
Phillipi Trust
Feb to May 2011 – Counselling Addictions and Compulsions

**** Crisis: (Jan 2011 – July 2011)
Trauma Counsellor

I acted as the first point of contact for the survivor after the **** or ****** assault.

I provided the necessary counselling, noted the necessary information for the Police,

(if the survivor wished to press charges), assessed any injuries and whether immediate

medical care was necessary, assisted the doctor with forensic collection for the

Crime kit and I gave pre and post HIV counselling.

In addition, I dispensed the necessary medications, such as ARVs, morning after pill and

depending on if any injuries were sustained, pain relief medications.

Surrey Home Care : (October 2011 - present)

-Care Worker

Big Mommas Burgers: (February 2010 – December 2010)

-Branch Manager / Customer Relations / Admin

My job with Big Mommas began at its inception and so with a brand new business,

my responsibility was mainly to research suppliers, calculate the cost of each

product and to advertise the business and products to its relative target markets. My

role within the business was varied and also included admin and supervising of staff.

-Telelangue: (2008-2010)

-English teacher to students in France, Germany and Italy.

This position proved to be a challenging and innovative approach to teaching.

The spectrum of teaching was broadened as one had to develop courses suitable for

each learner.

.Online curricula is included, although limited and so one has to continuously find new

ways with which to help students become acclimatized with online learning.

It was rewarding teaching people from various countries and cultures and beneficial for

students who need the sole attention of a teacher in order to learn effectively.

-Pangea (Division of Englishtown) – Cape Town: (2006 - 2007)

-Online English teaching to students in China,Japan,Vietnam, Spain

and Brazil.

Teaching of on-line students from the above countries was done from Cape Town

and I was part of an active community of teachers based at premises installed

with all the necessary technology. Class size ranged from 1 to 15 students.

-English teacher to students in China.

I was given the opportunity by Pangea to travel to China and was seconded to English First

based in Shanghai. This provided me with the opportunity to experience the Chinese culture

first hand, as I had been teaching mainly Chinese students online in Cape Town.

I taught for the duration of four months at a school with students ranging from 3 - 16 years

old. Teaching techniques had to be extensive due to the difference in age groups. The course

curriculum focused on the Beijing Olympics and each teacher was responsible for creating

his/her own lesson content, outdoor activities and class excursions, all concentrated on the

topic of the Olympics.

-Tour Eagle – Somerset West (2005)

-Part time Researcher

Duties included researching various tourist destinations within South Africa and

calculating the different routes available for one to take upon arrival in the country.

Each town's tourist attractions were researched and entered into a database.

Tour Eagle was a new concept developed in order to make travel within South Africa

easier for the tourist.

Everything that one needs to consider when travelling was incorporated on one

website, such as accommodation, tourist attractions, transport available, and so on

in each town within South Africa.

This database was later expanded to a global scale and now includes every country.

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-Independent Newspapers - Somerset West: (2005-2006)

-Branch Manager

Responsibilities included controlled newspaper distribution, advertisement placements and

providing a portal for the public from the surrounding areas to the head office situated in

central Cape Town.

Daily duties included opening and closing of the office, recording of messages for the

reporters based at the office, receiving payments and the tracking of newspaper deliveries.

-Damelin College: (2004-2005)

-Lecturer and Guidance Counsellor

I taught first-year Journalism and Advertising/Marketing students.

Responsibilities included daily lesson planning, setting up of tests and exams and the

marking thereof.

Additionally, I was also responsible for organizing an excursion for each class.

-IT Partner: (2004)

-PA / Marketing Assistant

Office duties included liaising with clients on a continuous basis, regarding customer

satisfaction and accounts as well as keeping a detailed record of each technician's daily


Development of a marketing campaign for a new software product , Office Fusion, developed

to incorporate all software requirements in one.