Staff Member Spotlight: Mar Montero Ferrer

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Spanish Teacher

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Mar is one of our most experienced Spanish teachers.

A native of Valencia, she has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Valencia.

What is your favorite travel memory?

I think my favorite travel memory was when I went to South Africa when I was younger. It's the most exotic destination I've ever been to and as I was younger I feel like I really appreciated visiting such a different culture. I also can't forget my Erasmus study in Belgium and my Au Pair stay in Ireland. Both of these experiences were for longer stays and so I got a true linguistic and cultural immersion while living there!

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

I'd say the biggest improvement I have made as a teacher is to be able to adapt to my students.

Euroace adapts to the requirements of student groups and individuals to make sure their timetable, class level, and program suits them. I have become a better teacher as I need to adapt to international students from all backgrounds and levels of Spanish, selecting the right materials, changing the lessons when necessary and overall focusing on getting the best out of each student.

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

Many students have returned to Euroace and this is great to see! It's a good sign for the company when students return as it proves they enjoyed their experience, and from what I have seen, students come back to try a different type of project.

I have seen many students return to live with a host family or take an Internship, for example. Students genuinely fall in love with Valencia, even up to the point of getting a tattoo to remind them of this city and their time here!

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

I would choose a Volunteer program with a Spanish language course and live with a host family. I think this would be the most complete option on a cultural level. You would be obligated to speak Spanish every day with the family, and then you would get to perfect your language skills in the classroom.

I think volunteering is a perfect complement to this and would make it something unique. As a teacher, I have heard in class about the positive experience students have had to live with a native family.

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

The flexibility. Euroace offers a variety of programs, and all of them are completely accessible to every student. The student can choose their timetable, how long they want to stay for and what they want to do. Also, our team is really personable and so this makes it easy to organize your program.

I am proud of everything. We are truly a team and we all help each other every day. Our work environment is dynamic and we are always communicating to make sure we provide the best experience for our students.

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

To be successful, I think you always have to try to improve and question what you do, constantly changing methods if they are not working.

The staff has to always keep learning too, making sure things are dynamic and don't become stagnant. Also, it's important to ask for feedback from current and past students so you can see what things can be improved.