Alessandra CarbonariMy experiences
I was born in Rome but in recent years I have settled in Perugia after living as a student in Spain, and in Australia and Hong Kong as the wife of a diplomat.
I have a deep understand of both English and Spanish based on my university qualifications and my having lived overseas for long periods. I started as a language teacher in 1994, specialising in Italian for Foreigners both in Italy and overseas; and have completed a Masters DITALIS at the University of Sienna to strengthen this specialization. I have worked for many years as a teacher of Italian in Rome, in Australia, Hong Kong and Spain and have developed a strong understanding of the needs of students; which is why I am personally oriented to providing teaching tailored to the individual and their objectives. My philosophy is to create a strong technical base which presents Italian as a living language and establishes the right ambience for an individual to develop confidence in their own capacity to progress. I have been the personal teacher of a large number of foreign students, ambassadors and diplomatic representatives in Rome. I was a co-founder and Director of the Dante Alighieri Italian School in Hong Kong and tutor of Italian at the Li Po Chun College di Hong Kong. I was also employed as a linguistic specialist at the Ministerial Conference of the WTO (World Trade Organization) held in Hong Kong.
I have also taught at the Università Gregoriana di Roma and the Istituto Teutonico in Vaticano.
I have decided to combine my teaching skills with my special interest in “etiquette” and I am now organizing training courses in “Etiquette at the table and the art of invitations”, “Etiquette for weddings” and “Courses for Future Wedding Planners”.
I have developed a strong capacity in understanding the needs of my clients when they engage me as either a consultant or to take charge of the entire organization of an event. I like to reassure them, to take care of every detail, advise them according to their needs and engage them in each stage of the organization so that every detail can be as close as possible to their expectations. In my numerous trips in different continents I have been fortunate to experience other cultures and customs, to challenge myself with them, and to appreciate them while respecting their differences. I have organized many different types of events, including diplomatic and cultural events, in these different environments.
In 2004, together with the Università della Tuscia and the Ministery of Cultura, I organised at the National Library in Rome the exhibition and the launching of the book “Verso un mondo nuovo-La scoperta dell’America come nuova genesi” (“Towards a New World – the Discovery of America as a new birth”) and in which I presented my own research contribution.
I was a contributor to the organization of an exhibition of Australian aboriginal art at the Chiostro del Bramante and the organization of the Australian Jazz Festival at Villa Celimontana. In Hong Kong I organized events at the Residence of the Australian Consul-General including for Australia Day, for the Australia Chinese Association, for the visits of Ministers and State Governors from Australia, and even, in a lighter mode, lessons in Italian cuisine.
As a Wedding Planner I have worked for the Australian company, Marry Me Abroad, which assists overseas couples to organise their weddings in Perugia and on the Amalfi Coast and have also acted as interpreter at the wedding ceremonies. I have recently been selected as the trainer for Wedding Planners in a project of the Commune of Perugia called ‘Sposi a Perugia: “felici e informati” (Marrying in Perugia: informed and happy); this is an evolving initiative to strengthen initiatives aimed at encouraging couples to choose Perugia to celebrate “their wedding” and to give, both them and the citizens of Perugia, a service of organization and consultancy.
From all this experience, I have decided to also dedicate myself to another passion which I have always had – that of “Etiquette”. The understanding of “good manners” is an optimal entry ticket into dealing with many different situations in a natural manner and without embarrassment. I have proved this in my own experience.!
My other great passion is jewellery creation. This was born during my stay in Hong Kong where, thanks to the skill of and inspiration from a Chinese teacher, I was able to appreciate the art of working with precious metals. On my return to Italy I devoted myself to jewellery creation, predominantly in silver and semi-precious stones, combining diverse materials. Thanks to the multiplicity of materials, to putting them in the best combinations and also to my enthusiasm, I succeeded in creating unique jewellery which gives great satisfaction to those who appreciate artisan detailing and who love quality.