Meet Laura Ruiz Gonzalez, Head of Studies at AmeriSpan's Granada Spanish school in Granada, Spain
What is your background?
I'm 39 years old and have a degree in Hispanic philology from Granada's own University of Philosophy and Letters. I live close to Granada and am married with two children, ages 4 and 7. All of my family lives in or near Granada.
Do you travel abroad often?
Have you ever studied abroad?
Which languages do you speak or have studied?
I'm an Intermediate English speaker.
How and why did you get into the Study Abroad market?
I entered the world of language education following a course in Spanish for foreign professors ("OCR"- Oxford, Cambridge Royal Society of Arts of Great Britain).
When did you start/join your organization?
20 years ago.
What is your job or function at the organization?
I am the Head of Studies.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Direct contact with people, I always felt true passion for intercultural communication and increasing others' familiarity with Spanish culture and language.
Was a person, group of people or organization instrumental in your success?
The truth is that I have to thank the Don Quijote staff, who 11 years ago gave me the opportunity to be a part of their team.
Tell us one of your biggest challenges in starting your organization.
The biggest challenge is to integrate new students into new groups every Monday, and making sure the open groups remain focused!
Tell us one of your biggest mistakes in your job, studying/teaching a language and/or traveling abroad.
Can you tell us about your school’s philosophy, specialty and/or why you think it is special?
It's special because we have a staff of teachers dedicated 100% to their work, and this really engages students!
-Always keep an open mind.
-It's important to know that you are able to learn from people of different nationalities – this will lead to incredible personal enrichment.
Find out more about our Granada Spanish school