BA, U of Florida, French; MIA, Columbia, International Affairs
French, Italian, Spanish
Fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Arabic, and Bahasa Indonesian, Eva has studied languages and international relations in countries around the world. Eva started her love affair with traveling when she was four-years old and has since lived in 13 countries and traveled to over 44. After obtaining her Bachelor at the University of Florida in French and Political Science and her Master at Columbia in International Affairs (with a regional context in the Middle East), she went on to study at the Instituto Brasil-Estados in Brazil, L’Institut d’Avignon in France, the Arabic Language Institute in Morocco, Dilmer in Turkey, and the Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Throughout her career, Eva has worked as a personal translator, interpreter, and language trainer for institutions ranging from the World Bank to UNESCO to Bloomberg LP. As a tutor, she has worked with everyone from elementary school students to professional NBA players.
Whether she is teaching salsa (as she does in the summer) or explaining a French declension (as she does the rest of the year), Eva’s biggest reward is seeing students embrace change through language. For Eva, communication at the highest level of a language isn’t just the goal of a session, but the best means to building confidence and skills. Above all, she loves imagining how the languages she tutors will take on a life of their in students’ lives after she leaves—that is, how knowledge of languages will inevitably facilitate interactions with the outside world. It was with that thought in mind that Eva founded her own non-profit, Recurso, dedicated to empowering students across the nation by providing direct, sustainable development and aid. Concentrating on health, water, and education, Recurso works to promote primary education, quality health care, dental hygiene education, the construction of schools and the provision of school supplies to global community partners. As her own experiences both learning and teaching languages have shown her, the best education not only comes at home but in collaboration with wider communities.
University of Florida Hall of Famers, 05/2005
University of Florida Alumni Association’s Honorable Mention – Outstanding Female Leader, 05/2005
Certified by the Ministry of Education to teach Bahasa Indonesia