Meet Keiko: One Student’s Journey from Mexico to Paris to DC and GLN

Keiko is not just a student GLN, but also one of the dedicated volunteers who help make it all possible:

“Born and raised in Mexico, I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2002 in Political Science and a double minor in Latin American Studies and French, and later on got my Master’s Degree from Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris) and L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Toulouse). My student years and the experiences that followed, illustrate my drive for travelling and immersing myself in foreign cultures and languages.

Between 2005 and 2010, I worked in the human rights field at the Geneva-based World Organization against Torture (OMCT) and the Mexican Mission to the United Nations. I also gained substantial experience in the field of capacity-building and technical cooperation through jobs at various international organizations, including the Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation (AITIC), the International Trade Center (ITC) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 2010, I moved to Washington, DC, to take on a job within the Embassy of Mexico.

While trying to strike a balance between my professional and personal interests, I found out about the amazing work of GLN, and did not hesitate for one second in exploring ways to be part of the Network. As both, a student of Chinese and a volunteer for the Outreach team at GLN, I am able to combine two of my greatest passions: learning languages and connecting people. I am grateful to Andrew for giving me the opportunity to live the GLN experience in more than one way. I hope that I can continue to be a part of the unique vision and legacy of GLN.

My favorite word in a foreign language is papillon (French for butterfly).”

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