Email: charles.mckinney.iv@gmail.com

Charles McKinney IV

TEFL Teacher/ writer/ editor

Charles

CharlesMcKinney IV

Charles McKinney is a Peace Corps Response volunteer in Rwanda, Africa where he works as a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Lecturer at the University of Rwanda. Charles’ main role embodies the preparation of materials and lessons that will facilitate a keener proficiency in the English language by his students. Encouraging them to become more confidently expressive in the English language is his duty as well as assisting his local colleagues in improving their pedagogical strategies for more communicative and content-based instruction.

Charles

A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) who served in Macedonia, Eastern Europe as a TEFL instructor for two years, Charles has embarked on a thrilling career teaching and traveling overseas since 2010. He started in South Korea then moved to China and on to Thailand where he earned his master’s degree in Media Communications at Webster University Thailand. Charles holds a BA in International Business Foreign Language with a minor in Entrepreneurship from Immaculata University in suburban Philadelphia. Higher education enthralls him.

With a strong background in student media commencing in high school, Charles has always had a passion for dynamic self-expression through the literary arts that manifested itself in the publication of numerous poems, stories and other literature throughout his academic career. Immediately following college graduation, Charles participated in a short-term journalism internship that taught him practical skills in multimedia during a kaleidoscopic journalistic milieu at the time.

Digital journalism was making rapid headway, and blogging was becoming a new norm in the business. The internship proved fruitful to the future pursuits of his freelancing endeavors. Several months later, Charles landed a lucrative business legal reporting gig in his home state of Delaware in which he was hired to report on the high-profile Ebay vs. Craigslist trial for a prestigious international business website. His dream of becoming a professional freelance writer/editor gradually progressed, particularly after he earned a distance-learning Breaking into Print certificate in professional nonfiction writing with the Institute for Writers.

To date, Charles’ work has been published in both print and online media in such publications as The Atlantic, The Black Expat, College Media: Learning in Action, China Daily, EFL Magazine, Immaculata University’s alumni magazine, Webster University’s Glimpse magazine, Diversity Abroad, Freedom with Writing, and the National Peace Corps Association’s Worldview. He has a forthcoming teaching technique article slated for publication in the English Teaching Forum periodical this summer and is working on publishing his first e-book, featuring a compilation of colorful stories and vignettes from his nostalgic Peace Corps adventure in magnificent Macedonia. Charles has also been interviewed and featured on the My Peace Corps Story podcast, ILuv2Globetrot, Humans of Wanderlust and Teaching Traveling websites and has made a local TV appearance in his hometown.

Not only does Charles enjoy creating a variety of content for old or new media, but also working with budding writers, students and professionals in facilitating their publishing dreams. He has provided editing, proofreading and critiquing services on many academic, professional and personal writing projects for clients worldwide. “Crafting words to meet your writing needs” is the business motto he heeds. Thus, he is eager to land new customers and to help them soar in the highly dense world of writing, editing and publishing. Let us work together!

“Nothing shall be impossible to them that believe.” –Mark 9:23 (Holy Bible)