My name is Michael Acosta and I’m from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am currently a Masters student at CIE, interested in coursework in Conflict and Peace Mediation Education. I am also a T.A. for Introduction to International Education (an undergrad course) at UMass Amherst. 


My work experience has taken me to many different places in the world. I first set foot into the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) field in South Korea then in Saudi Arabia. Recently, I worked as an English teacher trainer with Peace Corps in Madagascar.  Also, I became a CELTA certified teacher in the US in 2009.


My varied experiences make me very passionate about several issues in the world: development, human rights issues, peer training, and conflict mediation. I am hopeful that by the end of my masters program, I will continue to work in project management that focuses on these issues abroad.


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