Introducing myself and my journal

United States
Posted January 30, 2014 from United States

About Me: Hola. Salut. مرحبا. Olá! (Just a few of my favorite languages)

Hi There!

I'm Coline and am a Community Volunteer. Being born in the Caribbean, and having parents from different ethnic backgrounds I have learned to open my mind to the world, and have spent life observing and learning about the different privileges and cultures of various countries around the world.

I love to travel. It opens your eyes up to so much, and experiencing something new and different than what you are used to can be a very enriching experience! To name a few, I've been to England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia, Montenegro, and even Morocco! I have been fortunate enough to spend an extended period of time abroad in France, and have been hooked on traveling every chance I get ever since.

I absolutely LOVE languages; it's the one thing that gets me through a rough week. Language is a tool that you can use to connect with individuals all over the world. It is the basis of communication and understanding, which is why I feel it is extremely important to be multilingual, and is a top priority of mine. With the exception of the local dialect spoken in my father's country, I am a native English speaker, but am fluent in Spanish and French, have some knowledge of Portuguese, and my new-found love: Arabic. It's quite different than the romance languages that I've studied, but that's what drew me in. Learning so many languages has enabled me to build strong relationships and make friends with people from all over the world, learn about the different cultures of countries, and stay up to date with current events by reading issues in local newspapers.

In addition to [my obvious obsession with] foreign languages, I have studied Economics for the environment, which includes the concerns of Food Policy, Environmental and Economic Policy, as well as development issues. This made me more aware of the different scarcity, environmental, and health issues that different countries face, and some on a day-to-day basis. My cultural background and studies have both sparked my interest in wanting to be a part of a grassroots organization, and World Pulse is a perfect match for me. After having traveled to very different areas of the world, it is quite apparent that women have different roles and levels of 'freedom' depending on their culture, upbringing, and location, and lending a hand to uplift others brings me pleasure.

Unity is very important, and if we can cross borders in order to embrace and support each other on a global scale, everyone will benefit; whether it be from helping the lives of the less privileged, or enriching our own lives by making ourselves more aware of the world.

I'm very excited to reach out and help as many people I can here at World Pulse. So with any questions or just to say "Bonjour", please message me!

À Bientôt!

My Passions: Learning languages, travel, cultures, photography, water sports, horseback riding, martial arts

My Vision for the Future: Love and equality

My Areas of Expertise: Foreign langues, translation, development, natural resources

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  • Yvette Warren
    Feb 01, 2014
    Feb 01, 2014

    Welcome, Col. I am so impressed by your expertise in languages and your enthusiasm for others. What a welcome energy you are sharing with us. Thank you.

    Speaking of welcoming, I am on the welcoming committee for World Pulse, but am language challenged, other than in dialects of U.S. "English." My two years of high school Spanish and Latin (almost 50 years ago) help me a bit, but I sure could use intermittent help in languages, especially those not of the "romance" variety.

    You are now a part of a thriving grassroots network of women leaders and supporters from more than 190 countries. See the Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community:

    You may like to participate in our current campaign Women Weave the Web, celebrating the use of technology in empowerment efforts:

    I look forward to hearing more of your voice in WorldPulse.

    Blessings. Yvette

  • Col
    Feb 01, 2014
    United States
    Feb 01, 2014

    Thanks so much for commenting! Your positive words have surely enriched and brightened my day :) I'm very passionate about languages and connecting with different people of various cultures, so I'm happy an accurate message was portrayed in my log. Thank you for also welcoming me. I'm a new French-Speaking Community Volunteer and Welcomer, so I'm just starting to get my feet wet around the site, and with networking, but I'm more than happy to get to know others that have experience volunteering with WorldPulse. I'll be sure to take a look at both of your posted links, and participating in the Women Weave the Web campaign seems like a bright idea!

    Thanks again for your message; I look forward to chatting more with you soon.

    Cheers, Coline

  • Yvette Warren
    Feb 01, 2014
    Feb 01, 2014

    I write on my own blog, sometimes reblogged at Women of Spirit and Faith on I also write on my journal at World Pulse. i would love to have your feedback on my blogs.

  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    Feb 05, 2014
    Feb 05, 2014

    Hey there! Welcome to Worldpulse community!

    It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

    Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you.