Where am I from? My FamilyWhat was my occupation prior to my arrival? What are my hobbies?
I’m from South Carolina (SC), in the USA.South Carolina is located in South Carolina was one of thethe southeast of the USA. original 13 British Colonies. • South Carolina was the 8th state to ratify the US Constitution, on May 23, 1788. • Parts of Carolina (mostly the coastal areas) were colonized earlier by Spain, but battles between the Spanish and the Native Americans caused the Spanish people to retreat to Florida, Cuba, Mexico, and Central and South America.
The Geography of SC “Upstate” “Midstate” “Lowcountry”
Geography of SC cont. The Upstate consists of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Columbia, the capital of SC, is located in the center of the state (i.e., Midstate). The oldest and most renowned city in SC is Charleston, which is located along the southeastern coast of the state (i.e., Lowcountry).
Facts about Greenville, SC Greenville is the second largest city (by urban population) in the state of SC (an urban population of ~302,000 people, and a municipal population of ~58,000). Greenville has a humid subtropical climate, with generally mild, short winters, hot, humid summers, warm springs, and cool autumns. Monthly averages range from 4.9 °C in January to 26.0 °C in July. Lows can reach -3.8°C, and highs sometimes breach 37.8 °C. Historically, Greenville was part of the Cherokee Nations land. After a campaign in 1776, the Cherokee agreed to the Treaty of DeWitts Corner, ceding territory that includes present-day Greenville County to South Carolina.
Jobs in Greenville• Hospitals (2 main health systems, which include approximately 9 campuses)• Engineering Firms• Large Corporations (e.g., Michelin, BMW)• Botanical Nurseries• Lawn Maintenance Companies• Construction Companies• Service Industry (e.g., restaurants, grocery stores, bike shops, bars etc.)
What do People for FUN in and around Greenville? Sports • Road & mountain bike • Waterski & go to the lake • Hike, camp, & backpack Social • Go downtown for food, drinks, and good times • Go to music venues (i.e., concerts) • Go to college football games
Universities in South Carolina Clemson University (Upstate) University of South Carolina (Midstate) College of Charleston (Lowcountry)
What was my occupation prior to my arrival in Órgiva?
From May 2008 until August2011, I worked as an environmentalconsultant for an engineering firm.
What does an environmental consultant do?• Assess real estate (i.e., property) for potential subsurface (i.e., soil & groundwater) contamination• If a piece of real estate is suspect (i.e., likely has subsurface contamination), analytical testing of the subsurface is performed (i.e., soil and groundwater samples are collected for analysis).• All of this is performed in an effort to reduce and remediate (i.e., clean) subsurface contamination.
I came to Órgiva to…• Facilitate the learning process of English as a second language• Help I.E.S. Alpujarra with its Bilingual Project• To learn about and experience another culture, while sharing my culture• Have adventures in the Sierra Nevada mountain range!
I’m excited for the opportunity to participate in I.E.S. Alpujarra’s Bilingual Project.