It all started with a short article in The Times travel section in March 2006. “Walk the walk, talk the talk.” Enjoying both languages and travel, not to mention meeting people and hearing their stories I was intrigued. That autumn found me in Valdelavilla on my first programme.
I was at the time living in a beautiful if remote part of the UK, The Lake District National Park. I still am but from time to time miss the multicultural life I had in the Netherlands & Italy whilst working as an Interior Designer/Architect for the Holland America Cruise Line some years before.
I was by then working as a part Project Architect part client liaison for a global engineering consultancy in the Nuclear sector. A lot of my time being spent connecting people, places, training and projects.
Times changed and I moved into the Public Sector concentrating on Regeneration and Education projects. Including a coastal Marina. Next I moved into Housing and Community project work. Then the financial world crashed & construction was not the place to be. Meanwhile my domestic commitments increased with a close relative being diagnosed with Dementia. I took some time out, remaining connected through Non-Executive Director work for a large Housing Association and flood repair works – yes, I live in the wet part of Britain!
Now, things are changing once again. My people skills having been further enhanced more recently which has lead me into Communications. Not telecoms but the people version. Internal corporate communication co-ordination for a multinational infrastructure group. Ensuring large project teams on complex projects know what they are doing, why they are doing it, where they are going, who to speak to, how to speak to them, when & where. Sound familiar? Pueblo Inglés? Diverbo? Englischausen?
It’s been a while since my last programme. Something tells me it’s time for another. I can’t remember how many I’ve done. More than some, less than others and I’m still in contact with many I’ve met. Amazing people, great locations, interesting lives all learning to communicate in new more effective ways.