Staff Spotlight: Romie Francois

Volunteer at reception, translation, auxiliary help
Romie is from Montreal, Canada. She’s been part of our team since September 2014. Fluent in French, in English and now in Spanish, she regularly assists us in various translation projects or with student services. Romie is passionate with a lot of ambition. Since she arrived in Costa Rica, she fell in love, she said, with the country and with Intercultura and plans to join our team long-term.

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What country have you always wanted to visit?

Romie: Japan is a country that has always attracted me a lot. The fact that its culture is significantly different to mine is one aspect that makes it a dream destination for my future trips.

The language, the food, the character of the people, all are elements that impacted the travelers I know who had the opportunity to go through this country. All this before mentioning the natural wonders that we can find there! I hope to discover this country soon, with anticipation to live this experience that will, without a doubt, be unique!

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

Romie: Travel and languages have always been two of my great passions. The opportunity we have to be transported to another world just by speaking a different language provokes in me a strong interest for the world abroad, for languages, culture and people.

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Furthermore, I believe that immersion is the best way to learn a language because we have the advantage of knowing more than just the different linguistic aspects. We are able to put words in context and understand more than just the language communication skills.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

Romie: My favorite travel experience is when I went to Haiti, the homeland of my parents. Indeed it was a unique experience in a country that, I thought, would have been so familiar for my origins and for the strong population of Haitian immigrants in Canada. Still, it was completely the opposite.

I was at the same time disoriented while being among my people. It is an experience I want to relive at all costs, for a longer period of time maybe to discover the hidden wonders, of the country and the culture.

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Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of the Intercultura team.

Romie: I'm really grateful to be able to feel that pride every week, if not every day. In fact, whenever I have the opportunity to serve and to see a smile or a relief on the faces of students, I know that, small as it may be, I have helped by advising or comforting them for questions related to their stay in Costa Rica- even more at the end of their stay, when they thank us for our contribution. I love being a part of the team and working with students of with my colleagues that are so wonderful.