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Speaks: English*, Arabic (Written), Arabic (Egyptian)
Studies: Arabic (classical)

 Message 9 of 11
23 February 2010 at 7:33pm | IP Logged 
I am not quite that old yet, but both of those fields have some appeal to me, especially NGO work. If I was forced to pick today what I was going to do for the next ten years, it would almost certainly be NGO work related to education in the developing world. But I've still got plenty of education to take care of before I commit to anything for certain. And of course, I absolutely see my language studies as a part of the long-term plan.
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Speaks: English*, Latin, German, Spanish
Studies: Russian, Cantonese, Polish, Sanskrit, Cherokee

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25 February 2010 at 7:53pm | IP Logged 
I work as a fundraiser for various NGO's. I don't know if you're just counting diplomacy and travel work but I'm definitely in the nonprofit sector. :)
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 Message 11 of 11
18 December 2013 at 3:02pm | IP Logged 
I'm a diplomat and I'll share my peronal views based on my limited experiences. I think the foreign language
program in my country's foreign service can be improved. For example, in our officer's exam the foreign
language part was only 5% of the total grade of the written exam. There is no clear incentive for learning
foreign languages. I do think however that only if your understanding of your own country is paramount
should one consider then improving your knowledge of the host country and its language. I have to mention
though that I've seen that the Russian and American (of course) diplomats always have comparatively
excellent language skills. Though speaking the language of your host country will be a huge advantage, it is
possible to get by most of your official functions using interpreters. Proficiency in English is especially
important as a lingua franca.

Edited by Duke100782 on 18 December 2013 at 3:12pm

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