Freelance Travel Writer & Article Writer

Location:Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
2 Skills

Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability (currently pursuing)
• Coursework includes cultural and economic development, cultural policy, documentation,
leadership, financial skills, communications, social entrepreneurship, and interpretive planning

Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
Bachelor of Arts, Japanese Studies, May 2006
• 3.62 GPA, College Scholar Award, magna *** laude
• Middlebury Asian Students’ Organization, Students for a Free Tibet, Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, Japanese Club

Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan
Center for Japanese Studies, September 2005 – May 2006
• Participated in homestay immersion program with coursework in Japanese business, culture,
and language including Japanese-English translation

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
ASAA Exchange Program, January – May 2004
• Participated in exchange program with coursework in Hawaiian studies, Japanese language,
and Samoan culture and literature

Employment History

>Staff Writer, Wasabi Marketing Elements, Hawaii; January-September 2011
• Wrote and managed articles relating to local issues (cultural, environmental, legislation, etc)
on and using WordPress
• Used keywords to drive traffic to client websites

>Endangered Languages Program intern, Cultural Survival, Massachusetts; May-
June 2011
• Launched Endangered Languages newsletter and blog
• Wrote program press releases
• Researched and documented Native language revitalization programs
• Prepared documents for Library of Congress event

>Program coordinator, Sustainable Horizon, California; July 2009-March 2010
• Served as liaison between schools, parents, students, and operations team
• Collaborated with school representatives to create custom international programs
• Marketed programs to new clients through calls, emails, school visits, and conferences
• Researched, developed, and edited informational materials
• Maintained records, registered students, tracked payments, coordinated travel through
Salesforce online system

>Columnist, Watertown Daily Times; November 2008-January 2010
• Wrote original, bi-weekly travel column for New York newspaper

>International student advisor & registrar, Intercultural Communications
College, Honolulu, HI; January-July, 2009
• Corresponded with prospective students and agencies
• Counseled international students on visa and academic issues
• Prepared and edited press releases

>Program coordinator & teacher, Thailand TEFL; August 2007-December 2008
• Served as a liaison between international participants and staff
• Reviewed applications and conducted interviews
• Conducted orientation and provided on-going support to international participants
• Assisted in program development
• Prepared and taught original English lessons to Thai students ages 5-12

>ESL teacher & activity leader (seasonal position), Institute for Intensive English,
Hawaii; summer 2007
• Served as bilingual liaison and assisted with Japanese speaking visitors and families
• Organized and supervised multi-cultural, experiential activities
• Prepared and taught original lessons to international students ages 6-10
• Assisted in program development

>International programs assistant (internship), International Hospitality Center,
Hawaii; November 2006-January 2007
• Prepared and managed correspondence with local and international organizations
• Advised international exchange students and families, arranged home stays, organized events
• Served as bilingual liaison and assisted with Japanese speaking visitors and families

Selected Awards and Honors

• Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
• The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project Scholarship
• Gakushu Shoreihi Honors Scholarship
• Nanzan Hirschmeier Scholarship

Additional Certificates and Skills

• TESOL Certificate, Grade "A"
• MS Excel, Power Point, Word, and Works; Adobe
Skills (2) Rating
Travel Writing
Article Writing