Meet Lauris Rodríguez, Spanish teacher at AmeriSpan’s Tenerife Spanish school

What is your background?

I teach Spanish as a foreign language. I’ve worked with don Quijote for a long time now, but I still don’t like doing it.

Do you travel abroad often?


I travel abroad as often as I can. I’m very interested in cultures that are different than mine, and clearly the best way to get to know them is by traveling.


Have you studied abroad?

I’ve thought about it, but I’ve never had the chance to, although I know from my experience working with students from all over the world that it’s an important life-experience for anyone.


Which languages do you speak or have studied?

I speak French and English. I studied French in high school and I learned French along the way. I’ve taken courses in German; I can understand some but I can’t speak it. I also understand Italian and Portuguese.


How and why did you get into the Study Abroad market?

Because I think it’s a fascinating field. I think that having the chance to act as a communication bridge between different people from all parts of the world is incredible.

What is your job or function at the organization?

I’m a teacher and right now I’m also responsible for the online lesson content for don Quijote and their group.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

The absence of routine, having to look for solutions and constantly improvising so that everyone that wants to learn Spanish can learn it. I also like the chance to learn a lot of things about a lot of different areas that in other circumstances I wouldn’t get.

Was a person, group of people or organization instrumental in your success?

I think the word success here may be going too far. Clearly, to explain my career with don Quijote, I have to mention Caridad Santana, who always had so much confidence in my potential and I don’t want to let her down. And of course, firstly the group of teachers in Granada, and then in Tenerife, who’ve always been, and are available to collaborate, lend a hand and not let me rest on my laurels.

Tell us one of your biggest challenges in starting your organization.

My permanent goal is to make my explanations clear and simple and to be able to make the student feel like learning is easier than he or she expected.

Can you tell us about your school’s philosophy, specialty and/or why you think it is special?

There are a lot of reasons. One of them is: the constant concern for quality, not only in physical elements (materials, classes, etc) but also in the human; permanent training, avoiding “auto pilot” mode…

Another reason: Getting to know people from all over the world. When someone –that doesn’t work at don Quijote –wants to meet people, they have to move around, travel… I, we, are lucky in that the world comes to us, we just have to have a receptive attitude and we get to enjoy the world in our own house, to put it a certain way.

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