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Ingrid, Estonian Language Unit

I studied to be a primary school teacher in Estonia, but became instead an assistant in the Estonian Language Unit of the Translation Service of the Council in Brussels for 13 years, from where I have now progressed to become a Local Resources Manager in the same unit.

I never really planned to live and work abroad, but life decided otherwise. I came to Belgium almost 17 years ago and have been working in the Council for 14 years. The Council is a multicultural and multilingual working place. The Estonian Language Unit (as are other language units in the Council) is special because most of my colleagues are Estonian. Working here gives me a chance to stay in touch with Estonian culture and my mother tongue.  After so many years living in Belgium I have grown to love this small and peculiar country, mostly known for its chocolate and beer. But those who are willing to search further will find that there is much more to it.

Estonian Language Unit of the Translation Service of the Council