Staff Spotlight: Axell Pineda Molina

Resident Coordinator, Melbourne, Australia


As an international student himself, Axell knows the ups and downs of studying abroad very well. He knows the formula to balance academic and personal life while living abroad, and he does not hesitate to share his advice so that students are able to have the time of their lives in Melbourne!

What is your favorite travel memory?

I did a road trip around the South Island of New Zealand with five friends in a campervan. 12 days was not enough to explore the unbelievable natural landscapes of this country; we camped in National parks under a starry sky that I will never forget. The best part of it was that the friends I traveled with, became my family.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Yes. It is absolutely rewarding to see a change in the students before and after their experience abroad, every time. I feel lucky and also more responsible to help them become aware of a different environment, more tolerant with others, and mindful about different problems on a global scale.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

It's always great to hear that they've made friends from all over the world as part of their experience, even better when after their semester abroad, they plan holiday trips to visit one another in their own countries and keep their friendship alive for many years.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose a teaching program in Italy. I love teaching, I was a university lecturer for a couple of years before starting my masters program. And I would love to practice my Italian. I don't believe a better way to learn exists than actively using it in the academic environment to share my ideas and knowledge with others who speak that language.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

API has a serious commitment with the students we work for. We deeply care for the quality of the academic programs, and we work hard so they can have a great experience.

But at the end, we expect to help producing graduates with better skills and the potential to become open-minded, passionate leaders in their fields.

I am proud to belong to a team that helps providing the students with skills to be global citizens.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The passion and commitment form all the staff. We all work for what we believe is right, and there is no barrier that prevents us from working as a team, despite being spread all around the world.