My experience in tutoring and teaching others started as far back as when I was in elementary school with Japanese, as I was already fluent in the language I would help out my peers and even younger students in simple things like reading and writing. Come middle school I was assigned as the Japanese tutor and helped various students of different backgrounds after school, and even aided the teacher during class. I completed the high school Japanese curriculum, Japanese 1-4 and the AP Test, and moved on to being a teacher's assistant, continuously tutoring and helping the teacher during class. I even managed to coach the school's first team to compete in the National Japan Bowl Tournament. I also credit a Japanese Camp that I participate in during the summer, for in the past 5+ years of being a counselor there I have learned even more about teaching and engaging students and kids in learning about the Japanese culture, and language. (The camp is conducted solely in Japanese, but is not limited to those with a Japanese background, or language knowledge, although recommended.)
Aside from Japanese, I also helped out my classmates through the Peer Tutoring program at my school in Biology, Psychology and SAT prep, as I was deeply interested in those subjects, and previous teaching experience helped enormously.
Now in college, I am the president of 2 very different student organization on campus. One of those, Japanese Student Association (which is not limited to those who are Japanese), not only conducts meetings to spread the Japanese Culture but also conducts Japanese lessons for our members. Because our school does not provide Japanese as a choice of foreign language, to some this is their only way of learning Japanese.
I am a strong believer of taking up any opportunity given, for you can always learn something from new experiences. I was, and am continuously involved in extracurricular activities, and continue to try to meet new people from different types of backgrounds. I've traveled to countries that I don't speak the native language, and only loved every second of it. Through my different experiences I've learned how to be flexible and open-minded, and only want to do the best I can with everything I do.
I hope to work with you in the near future!