Pepa Hernandez Vargas – USA Program Director
Right after finishing my high school studies, my increasingly developing and restless mind pushed me to undertake what was my first adventure outside my country and away from my family. At the age of 20, I put my things in a suitcase and traveled across half the world, destined for Seattle. I was going on an educational program that would definitely change my life completely.
That experience marked the rest of my life, evidence of which I have seen over the past few years. It showed me how to study away from home and have the freedom to express myself in another language. I was also able to make friendships with people of other nationalities which I have maintained to this day.Another important factor was learning how to take responsibility for my own future.
My success during my time abroad made me feel that I was capable of making anything else happen in my life. Traveling, learning from other cultures, and meeting people from other countries has always been constant in my life during more than 20 years in which I have developed my professional career working for high-level multinationals. I have gained experience in organizing travel and in the management of large groups. At the same time, I also took part myself as host welcoming young students of different nationalities to my home.
I firmly believe that, after all these years of experience as a student abroad and as host of young students in my home, the success of a study abroad program for young students is based on the perfect relationship between the students and their parents, the host family, the school, and the agency at the place of destination. These four pillars must be 100% involved for the duration of the program.
That is why Seville Abroad was born. We are a local agency, whose main business philosophy is proximity, with a personalized treatment for all involved from start to finish. We work closely with not only the students, who are our main focus, but also their families in the country of origin, the host families, as well as the school where they study. For this reason, we set up programs with a small group of students in private schools of recognized prestige within the Seville area and with a select group of host families so that the supervision and dedication of the local coordinator guarantees excellence in our program.
Pati is the youngest member of the group and is passionate about experiences abroad. This tourism student has spent a year living in Ireland and her help and guidance, when it comes to organizing trips and activities for the younger students, is next to none. She has a special gift for choosing the perfect host families and continuing to work with them throughout the year.
Sarah was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She has lived in Milan, Paris and Buenos Aires. She came to Seville 8 years ago with a study program and decided to settle in the city. She is passionate about experiences abroad and has a lot to contribute to the whole team. She and works closely with our Director in the planning of our programs abroad, especially on the Summer program. Sarah is always happy and the one in charge of having us all always with a smile.
Alejandro is from Argentina and shared a house with students of many different nationalities in Buenos Aires for over 4 years, while finishing his degree in Human Resources and Public Relations. Passionate about travel and cultural exchanges, he settled in Spain 15 years ago. He is essentially the organizing soul of the office, and all legal or financial matters are carefully reviewed by him before being implemented.
Teresa lived one year in Portland, Oregon as an Au Pair Abroad before finishing her studies in Business Administration. Teresa is in charge of the billing and all the agency paperworking, but she always loves to get involved outside the office for any topic related to the students, especially the excursions!
The extended team
We are fortunate to be able to count on the experience and enthusiasm of our:
Teachers and principals at schools, Spanish teachers, Sports Monitors and, and, of course, our Host Families!
We are located right in the heart of the city, with direct access to the subway, and located in one of the most emblematic buildings in the area.
Much more than an office, our space is designed especially for our students. We want them to feel at home when they are with us. This is a space where they share their experiences, with us and with the rest of their classmates. A space of their own where they can feel relaxed and confident and where we help them with daily extracurricular Spanish classes and offer them help and guidance for their School classes and homework.