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Leland

I am a current graduate student at American University’s school of International Service. I am a Masters Candidate of International Relations with a focus in the Americas. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Union College (NY) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. I served in Perú form 2012-2014. I worked primarily with the youth population of my town in the high Andes.
As a volunteer, I started a library project in which I coordinated with local institutions and teachers in order to start an after school program where children who struggled with reading skills and comprehension could receive extra help. It was an incredible experience; I helped nine year olds read their first words and watched as children gained confidence and inter-personal skills. Being a part are such growth and change in someone’s life is truly rewarding and that is why I love this opportunity to be a Tutor.
While I tutor a broad range of topics, I am most passionate about English, Writing and Spanish. These are the areas in which I worked day in and out with the youth population of Peru. I have always loved to learn and now teach languages (I am a certified TEFL instructor). I have taken French class since I was nine years old, studied abroad in Brazil and learned Portuguese, and due to my 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, I have been able to perfect my Spanish. I even picked up some helpful Quechua phrases!
Outside of my studies, which I love, I enjoy travel (I embrace any opportunity to explore new surroundings), write, read, run, play board games and cards, play squash and soccer, and spend time with friends and family.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Union College - BA, Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Graduate Degree:

 American University - MA, International Relations

Reading, Writing, Travel, Games, Soccer, Squash, Public Transportation

College English

Comparative Literature

Conversational Spanish

High School English