Staff Spotlight: Priscila Holder

Onsite Director
Priscila Holder was born and raised in Oaxaca City, Mexico. Since she was very young she has always had a passion for traveling. Priscila is enthusiastic about sharing her culture and loves showing off the amazing wonders her state and city have to offer.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Definitely the beach trip!

Since I was very young, I have always had a passion for traveling. This passion developed as a child when I visited my family’s coffee plantation, located in the tropical forest of Pluma Hidalgo, near the “costa grande” of Oaxaca state.

My summer visits to the pacific coast sparked my curiosity in nature and exploring Oaxaca. That is why the beach trip is always very memorable for me, because getting there includes an incredible drive through the valleys of Oaxaca, the Sierra Sur Mountains and the tropical forest where coffee plants grow amongst kapok trees in order to finally be welcomed by the warm pacific breeze: a journey to admire the incredible geographical diversity of Oaxaca.

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

Of all the things I have learned with Sol Education, I am very thankful that this job has given me the opportunity to embrace my culture and shared it with others. I have developed myself as a leader, tour organizer, I have enhanced problem-solving skills and in general, it's been great to work with students.

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

One student once told me that it was very challenging to return home after being a whole semester in Oaxaca and that he experienced a reverse cultural shock. For him, it was hard to return to a big city and without a host family to spoil him! So he comes once a year and stays again with the same host family that received him.

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

I would choose Argentina.

It's just been in my bucket list for a while now, and for what I've seen in the videos and heard from students or the staff that has been there with the program, they have all agreed that Sol Education has designed a great and a very authentic experience in this southern country.

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

This is a hard question! But I believe that, in general, the Sol Education team stands out for offering a unique experience in each of the countries they have a Spanish program in; there's also a great communication with the students and parents and there's a great logistics team behind each program that includes, of course, the incredible onsite staff they have in every country: onsite directors, logistics staff and the experienced host families that make a great difference for the student's experience.

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

I believe the biggest factor is to work harmoniously and positively with coworkers and find creative solutions to problems in a team. I think it is integral to the success of any project to come together with both colleagues and clients to understand the subtleties of our professional environment and endeavor to make a strong contribution both as an individual and as a company.