Lindsay de Feliz

BA (Hons) Modern Languages, 1977Lindsay de Feliz

Lindsay de Feliz graduated over 30 years ago from what was then known as Wolverhampton Polytechnic. With a career that has spanned the financial services sector, marketing, teaching and scuba diving instructing, and a traumatic experience that nearly took her life, Lindsay now lives in the Dominican Republic, is a published author and writes about her experiences of the Dominican in her blog.

Q. What made you choose Modern Languages at Wolverhampton?

"After studying French, German and Latin at A Level, I knew I wanted to study Modern Languages at a higher level. When I started researching courses, Wolverhampton was one of the only Higher Education institutions that allowed me to combine languages with politics and economics, which were two other subjects I was interested in.”

Q. What are your memories of studying at Wolverhampton?

“I really enjoyed my time at Wolverhampton, especially the study year abroad in France and Germany which confirmed my love for foreign people and places. It helped me to build my confidence and gave me the courage to travel alone. The social aspect was also big part of my experience and I made some long-lasting friends. ”

Dominican RepublicQ. Where did your career take you after you graduated?

“I have had an extremely varied career and it wasn’t until much later in my life when I became a scuba diving instructor teaching lessons in French, German, Spanish and English, that I began to apply the language skills I had learnt through my degree.

When I graduated I initially worked in the financial services sector at Royal Insurance for nine years, before returning to higher education to study an MBA and becoming Marketing Manager for Bradford and Bingley Building Society. Taking my new found passion for marketing, I changed career paths and went into teaching, becoming Principal Lecturer in Marketing at what was then Kingston Polytechnic. It was at the age of 44 that I decided to leave industry (and the UK) and become a scuba diving instructor.”

Q. What has been your most challenging life experience to date?

“In 2005 my scuba diving took me to the Dominican Republic where I married and settled down. A year later I interrupted a burglary in the house and was shot through the throat, the bullet also going through my lungs. This put an end to my diving career and also affected my voice, so I cannot speak very well now. To help me come to terms with it I have started to write my first book and I also have my own blog where I share my experiences of living in the Dominican Republic.”

Q. So what does a typical day look like for you now?

“My husband and I live in a little Dominican barrio so I am woken up with cocks crowing, dogs barking, geese honking and donkeys braying. The Dominican Republic is a very challenging country to live in, being third world in many respects, and every day I get up hoping there is electricity and running water – we never have hot water.”

Q. What do you find most rewarding?

“I enjoy writing, I love the Dominican Republic and its people, and it is rewarding being amongst the people here, many of whom live in extreme poverty.”

Q. What advice would you give to future students?

“Do not feel that you need to apply what you learned at University straight away. My degree didn’t come into its own until over 20 years after I had left, but when I needed it, the knowledge and skills were invaluable.”Lindsay de Feliz book cover, "What About Your Saucepans?"

Read Lindsay’s blog: www.yoursaucepans.blogspot.com

Lindsay's memoir on Amazon. "What About Your Saucepans?" - "Despite the incredible setbacks she has faced, Lindsay's love and loyalty for her adopted country radiate through this entertaining chronicle of her eventful life in the DR." Ilana Benady, co-author, Expat FAQs: Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic (Summertime Publishing 2011).