Hi, I'm Kelly, I'm a freelance writer and a CELTA-qualified ESL teacher.
As a writer, I cover a range of subjects for a number of different clients in various industries. My focus for Listen and Learn is obviously on language and travel, but outside of that, I also write a lot about animals and the environment, among other topics. In fact, I have written everything from press releases for start-ups to ghostwriting biographies! Travelling gives me a fresh perspective for all the things I get to write, and allows me to consider varying points of view thanks to the people I meet along the way.
Europe is a wonderful place to travel. The countries fluctuate so much, as do the languages, food and ways of life. Though beneath all of that, travelling has really taught me that people are mostly alike and that we have more similarities than differences. At Listen and Learn, we talk a lot about languages teaching us so much more than purely vocabulary and grammar, and it is true; there is nothing as exciting as striking up a conversation with someone you might not normally get to speak to, just because you have made the effort to learn some of their language.
Teaching English has given me further insight into how crucial it is to learn other cultures and languages. I've taught lessons about the climate and the impacts of coastal erosion on beaches , and helping students to understand menus in restaurants. I've even worked with the CEOs of large businesses and newly qualified architects starting their own companies; people with completely different lives to mine, and it has been a privilege getting to know them all! But undoubtedly, my favourite thing about teaching is seeing my students achieve their goals. There is nothing as rewarding as seeing clients proud of their hard work and going on to achieve their goals as a result!
Nicole Eberhard has a Masters degree in English Literature which has left her with a book-buying problem. She has since abandoned the world of academia, moved to South America, and is pursuing her great love: travel writing.
Though born in the USA, Katie has spent most of her life living outside her native country and considers herself a life-long expat. Following an exciting childhood in Mexico, Katie moved to Cuba, where she received her professional dance training, before going on to work as a dancer and instructor in the US, the Philippines and Singapore.
Katie also obtained a dual BA from UT Austin, majoring in Chinese and Asian Cultures and Languages. While at UT, she garnered extensive experience as a language student, studied abroad in Taiwan for a year on a language scholarship and even participated in a business language case competition at BYU in Provo, Utah.
After managing to find another third-culture adult like herself, Katie made sure to marry him. She’s now a part of a traditional Hindu Indian family and all the interesting, funny and crazy experiences that come with it! This, along with Katie’s love of learning new languages, has given her a unique insight into life as a multi-cultural expat. Helping other people make these same sorts of transitions is one of Katie’s passions—whether they’re moving to another city or country, going abroad on holiday for the first time, travelling for business, or learning a new language.
Travel, expat life and language learning can be intimidating, and Katie is keen to take away that ‘scare factor’ through her writing. She lives by J R R Tolkien’s famous quote: ‘Not all those who wander are lost’ and believes that, with a little help and encouragement, anyone can take on the nomadic life.
When not splitting her time between India, the US and Mexico, Katie is based in the UK, where she dreams up travel and language articles, ideas for novels and plans for visiting places on her travel bucket list. Her favourite form of travel is by train, and she can’t live without her daily cuppa while on the road. Paul Theroux and Bill Bryson are two travel writers she absolutely idolises.
John McMahon is a writer, motorcycle tour operator, and sometimes antiques exporter who lives on the banks of the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. His writing both fiction and non-fiction has appeared online and in print all over the world.
Dusty is a full-time freelance writer and worldwide traveler who prefers not to sit still for very long. She's on a lifelong mission to perfect her Spanish and blend in with the locals as she travels through Latin America and beyond.
An explorer at heart, Heather has been working abroad as a teacher for the last 4 years in Jakarta, Donetsk, Budapest, London and currently Seoul, South Korea. She studied German and English, and loves writing, watching films, learning new languages and cooking.
Christian Adams is a writer and musician based in Taipei, Taiwan, and Metro Manila, Philippines. Born in Chicago, he earned a degree in creative writing at San Francisco State University. With 20+ years of writing and performing under his belt, Christian's first book of non-fiction, The Lazy Bastard Guide to Mandarin, was published in 2012 by IPMG, New York. Excepts of the book can be read on his website: https://blacksunshinemedia.com
Gabrielle van Welie is a giant nerd from the Dominican Republic currently based in Madrid. She's the editor of http://thenerdleague.com and runs a writing blog over at http://literallywrite.com. If you need to spot her in a crowd, she's the one with the deadpan expression.
I am originally from California, USA, but have been living abroad for the last 8 years and loving every minute of it. I learned Japanese as a second language starting at 15 years old and have continued to learn Spanish, German and Hebrew. My first overseas trip was to Japan when I was 14 and it made such an impact on me that I never stopped. During my bachelor’s degree, I studied abroad in Spain for one year and in Japan for half a year. After graduating, I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and worked at a Spanish language school helping international students enrol in language courses. After two years, I moved to Germany and did my master’s degree in cultural studies, focusing on Latin America. During my studies, I worked as an English teacher and taught classes on US culture. I was able to do research in Mexico for a semester and graduated after 2.5 years in a small city in northwest Germany. I most recently moved to Tel Aviv, where I am working as a content writer and loving life close to the beach. My travels have taken me to many countries, but my favourite experiences have been to feel the way of life while living in a new country. From eating sushi for breakfast at a fish market in Tokyo to joining a dance team at my university in Germany, the small moments have made the biggest impact on me. I have found that language is the best tool to connect with international cultures and people. Through living abroad, I have been able to integrate into different societies and truly understand what makes each region unique. Sharing these experiences with other language learners is a way to spread my firsthand knowledge of how language can enrich someone’s life. I hope to always continue to travel and learn languages.
Kyra Assibey-Bonsu was born in Plano, Texas to two outstanding Ghanaian parents, she has a BA from Tufts University in International Relations and Spanish and she currently resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She enjoys spending her days exploring a good museum, new neighborhoods, and trying a variety of foods. She dreams to one day to be the star of a historical reenactment.
Gaetan was born in Martinique, a tiny paradisiacal island lost in the Caribbean. Having the incredible chance to speak 3 languages as a native (French, English, and Kréol) naturally motivated him to go travel the world (Australia, China, Colombia, Argentina) and expend his language skills. His dream is to speak 8 languages fluently by the year 2020. He’s got 5 in so far, the clock is ticking fast, and he knows it!
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, before moving to Cape Town at age 5, Tamara studied art and literature at Stellenbosch University. Completing her Honours in English Literature, she continued on to the University of St Andrews in Scotland for her Master’s. Currently writing for the travel industry in Cape Town, she plans on moving to the USA with her fiancé in the near future.