Alejandro was born in Cadiz (Spain) and attended college in Granada, where he graduated in Law and also in Political Science. He has recently completed a M.A. in Spanish and Hispanic Literature and Culture at Catholic University in Washington D.C. He loves to share his country with visitors and especially help others gain the skills and life experiences he did himself when he traveled abroad.
What is your favorite travel memory?
When I was finishing my high school years, I studied in a little town in Tennessee called Kingston. It was definitely the biggest impact in my life. I was not aware of all the differences I would experience both in the classroom and in my daily life, and how much that effort would profit me in the future to come.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
I have been collaborating with Sol Education Abroad for a few years now. I have developed in various aspects. The main one in relating to the students and learning to grasp their particular needs with their learning objectives in mind. Having taught myself at Catholic University did help me a lot when attending to young students who come to Spain in order to participate in our program.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
There was this student who reported that she could now communicate with Spanish speakers back at home, something she had always wanted since she felt the need to collaborate in community work at her town (which has a great portion of Spanish heritage speakers). Actually, learning Spanish made her future career plans feasible.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
I would choose Spain, of course. Spain is in Europe and there are many additional experiences to be gained from living here. The cultural activities include a lot of visits to many monuments that date back hundreds of years and make it easier to understand the rich and profound history of this old nation and connect it to the one of the United States itself.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
We are a team of people who shares the commitment with learning a foreign language and understand the invaluable benefits of staying in a country where it is spoken. We all have felt ourselves what our students are going to experience themselves and that makes us more sensitive to their needs when they take part in our programs.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
We deliver and we keep motivated in doing so. We work hard every day in order to understand the expectations of our students (and their parents) at the same time that we stay focused on the target of maximizing the learning outcomes of our students. That requires a minute attention to details throughout all the stages of the program as well as rapid responses to fix any issues that may result in a handicap towards achieving goals.