After finishing her studies at LAVC, Valerie left the U.S. and moved to China to pursue a career in the field of language education. Since then, she has traveled to over 25 countries across five continents and has lived and taught in China, Thailand, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Working in various fields of international education has allowed her to combine her love for languages, travel, and community development and turn it into a career. In addition to teaching at international schools, tutoring centers, and online platforms, she has also worked and managed international volunteers in community development projects. She has led two service programs with Putney and is currently a freelance translator and language instructor working with students of all ages, all over the world.