My name is Jeremy David-Paul Hartman, and I am from Denver, Colorado. I have two and a half years of experience working outside of the USA in translation, sales, and communication in Spain, Panama, Uruguay, and Brazil. I received my Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish for the Professions in 2013 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I am fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and I am currently learning French. I specialize in translations, interpretations, legal assistance, international business development, and sales.
My first international experience was a family vacation to Puerto Vallarta when I was 10 years old. This trip changed my life; I was fascinated by the culture and the language. My family brought my sister and me back to Mexico for two more vacations to the Yucatan peninsula, which helped further my interest in Mexican culture and Spanish. After studying Spanish for four years in high school, I was very discouraged because the language was complicated for me to learn. However, my stepmother Connie was very persuasive. She encouraged me to learn Spanish and become the first member of my family to learn a second language since my great grandparents immigrated to the US from Europe. Connie had a friend with family living in Merida, Mexico, and she arranged for me to spend 5 weeks with them while I attended a local Spanish language school just before my 18th birthday. During this 5-week experience, I learned more Spanish than in four years of high school, and my passion for the language was reignited. After this experience, I decided to become fluent in Spanish, and I studied Spanish for 5 years at CU Boulder, doing a double major in Spanish and International Affairs.
After graduating in 2013, I took a translation job in Barcelona, Spain, working for the wine company EnterWine.com. During this 6-month exchange, I greatly improved my Spanish language skills and learned a great deal about wine and gastronomy. Furthermore, this experience taught me that I was the happiest while traveling and exploring the world. After this I decided that I would visit ever country as a lifetime goal.
After returning home, I worked as a server in Breckenridge, Colorado and Alaska before I took my next international job in Panama City, Panama. I was hired to work for Dell Computers in their Central America headquarters working in Internal Communications supporting over 3000 local employees. During this exchange I was living with Spanish speakers and over the course of a year I became fluent in Spanish.
After my experience in Panama came to an end I decided to accept a 6-month exchange in Montevideo Uruguay working with international sales for GeneXus Consulting. During this project I learned a great deal about the software development industry and focused on selling quality assurance testing to the USA market. This experience also helped me to learn the differences with Spanish spoken in the southern part of South America.
These three international exchanges helped me become fluent in Spanish and understand the differences in Spanish between Spain, Central America, and South America. During this time I often met people who spoke Portuguese and I became fascinated with the Portuguese language. I was amazed that I could understand a lot of spoken Portuguese before I started to study it. I decided to learn Portuguese as my next language and enrolled in the online Portuguese class, Portugués con Phillipe Brazuca, taught in Spanish. After studying Portuguese online for a few years I went to Lisbon, Portugal and taught school children about climate change in Portuguese. After this I spent 4 months traveling Brazil dedicated to becoming fluent in Portuguese.
The time I spent traveling Portugal and Brazil helped me to become fluent in Portuguese and am currently studying French. Now I am enrolled in a two-year French course online taught in Portuguese by Céline Chevallier of Os Franceses Tomam Banho (The French Bathe). I would like to become fluent in Italian after becoming fluent in French. I hope to become a lawyer and get into international law and politics with Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and English.
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I believe that human rights are universal, and my life goal is to help transcend humanity into a world where all humans are guaranteed human rights, regardless of what country they live in.
I love snowboarding, Downhill Mountain biking, rock climbing, stand-up paddling, and spending my free time outside and in nature.
Below is a photo from Chefchaouen Morocco, representing my love to travel the world and my dedication to learning French.
Now I live in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and teach English at a public high school for the French Ministry of Education.
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Love it!! I’m so proud of you!