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¿Quién es Elizabeth?

¡Bienvenidos a Clases Con Elizabeth!

 

My name is Elizabeth, and I'm the face behind the Spanish Immersion Travel Programs and virtual Spanish classes (currently on pause) at Clases Con Elizabeth. On this page you'll find more information about me and the life experiences that led to offering Spanish Immersion Travel Programs. Photo: Arequipa, Perú, 2024.

 

THE BEGINNING

 

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to learn languages and travel. I spent a semester abroad in Lima, Perú which influenced my life beyond measure. It was an experience that pushed my language skills to the next level and gave me the boost I needed towards fluency. It was also my first experience traveling abroad - I was hooked. I continued studying Spanish, French, and linguistics during undergrad. I find the world of linguistics fascinating; it has helped me speak more naturally in other languages and also informed my teaching practices in both English and Spanish.

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SECOND EXPERIENCE ABROAD

 

I moved to Madrid, Spain to teach English as a language assistant before eventually moving back to Lima, where I worked at travel agency planning itineraries throughout Perú: to Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, and more. I started teaching English to adults in the Lima metro area, and I realized my love for teaching languages and education. Photo: Madrid, España, 2012.

MY WORK IN EDUCATION IN THE US

 

After returning to the United States, I found my home as a Cultural Liaison in public education in Minnesota. I interpret between English & Spanish in the school environment and support English-language learners and their families, primarily from Spanish-speaking countries such as Honduras, El Salvador, México, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and more. It's been a joy and an honor to work with young people during their transition to the United States and support their personal and educational goals. Photos: San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2021 and Arequipa, Perú in 2024.

SPANISH PROGRAMS COORDINATOR

 

I've also been a Spanish Programs Abroad Coordinator. I managed Spanish immersion programs for teachers and their students to Costa Rica, España, Argentina, and Perú, collaborating with educators to design the travel itineraries for their immersion programs. During this time, I had the opportunity to lead a few student trips to Costa Rica, supporting the participants' language growth and their cultural immersion experience.

CLASES CON ELIZABETH

 

During the pandemic I decided to take my love for teaching and languages online, and in 2020 I began offering virtual Spanish classes for adult learners. Now, we're taking a pause from classes to go abroad on Spanish Immersion Travel Programs!

SPANISH IMMERSION TRAVEL PROGRAMS

 

These programs are a mix of my experiences as a language teacher, educator, personal traveler, and group travel coordinator. I am excited to share my love of Spanish and years of language teaching and travel experience with people looking to reach the next level through an immersion experience. You can visit the website here or see more on the travel programs here.

 

¿QUÉ ESPERAS? ¡VAMOS DE VIAJE!

 

Photos: Cusco, Perú, 2019 and Oaxaca, México, 2023.

IN THE FUTURE:

 

What's on the horizon? Here are my big ideas for the future! Someday I hope to offer:

 

  • Scholarships to make travel accessible to a wider audience

  • Immersion programs specifically for Hispanic/Latino travelers who are learning Spanish: an opportunity to travel in community with those with similar experiences

  • Travel programs to more destinations!

 

What else would you like to see? Let's brainstorm the possibilities together. ♡

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