Instructor Spotlight

Volunteer Instructor Spotlight - Jacob Hill

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Jacob Hill grew up in Idaho Falls where he graduated from Skyline High School. From an early age he developed a keen interest in geography, economics, and foreign languages.

He served his country as a youth ambassador in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarship program his junior year of high school. This opportunity allowed him to live and study in Germany where he met former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder at the Kanzleramt in Berlin, in addition to making lifelong German friends.

During college at Seattle University, Jake studied international business, economics, and Chinese language. He received a scholarship from the Chinese government to study Chinese at Beijing Foreign Language and Culture University (BLCU) and volunteered to be a resident assistant in charge of the Xavier Global House residential learning community. He was also the initial program advisor in charge of the St. Alberto Hurtado social justice residential learning community.

After working in international trade for a Fortune 500 company, Jake moved to Washington, DC to attend the International Trade and Investment Policy (ITIP) program at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. While in DC, Jake focused his research on the ecological and social aspects of international trade, learning how humanity can balance economic prosperity and ecological preservation. He also was the elected Programming Director of the Washington International Trade Association’s (WITA) Young Trade Professionals (YTP).

Jake decided to come back to the Pacific Northwest as he missed the mountains and his family. He started teaching with Community Education to share his love of foreign language and cultures with others. Most of all, he enjoys sharing the sense of personal enrichment, joy, and perspective that learning another language provides.

In his free time Jake enjoys skiing, drawing cartoons, learning Chinese, and performing improvised comedy. He hopes to synthesize all of these skills into someday becoming a renewable energy tycoon. 

This session he will be teaching Beginning German, German for Advanced Beginners, and Beginning Chinese.