Viviana is a Teacher of English as a Second Language. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature with an emphasis in Education from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Viviana has a career of more than 10 years as Counselor and Director of English curricula in a conglomerate of K-12 schools located in Santiago (Chile´s Capital), Quilpué (5th Region of Valparaíso, central Chile) and Pucon (10th Región, southern part of Chile). Viviana holds a Diploma as Mentor given by The Ministry of Education of Chile, being part of a selective group of about 50 members within the country.
Viviana has extensive experiencie in teaching Spanish to students of many different nationalities who have decided to participate in Study Abroad & Experiential Programs in Chile.
As Academic and Experiential Learning Programs Director, Viviana is in charge of implementing international cooperation strategies with universities, think tanks, companies and other partners in Chile and worldwide. She acts as the key contact point for providing international participants academic and experiental opportunities in Chile which fit their interests and goals, and also advises local students and professionals about Study/Work/Experiental Abroad opportunities. Viviana works closely with the Housing Coordinator to ensure the timely and effective processing of incoming participants applications and placements.
Ana María, NAFSA member since 2000, has extensive experience in international education as study abroad program administrator, professor of Spanish as a Foreign Language, and assisting international students from all over the world. Ana María is a native Chilean born in Valparaíso. She studied English Language and Education at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, holds a Diploma in International Relations and another in Business Management.
Her previous experience as an International Educator was as an ISEP Coordinator (International Student Exchange Programs) and SEPP-Chile Coordinator (Spoken English Promotion Project – SEPP), an exchange program between Chinese and Chilean students and professionals developed by Zhejiang Gongshang University (ZIJSU).
Ana María and her team presented at NAFSA Conference with a Poster Group titled “Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus: Chilean Students teaching English in China”, in Los Angeles Convention Center in 2009 (NAFSA 2009 Conference and Expo). As Manager of Community Outreach and Communications, she is responsible for all aspects of connecting GoAbroad-CHILE to the local community. Ana María as member of the Universidad de Aconcagua Council is also in charge of GoAbroad – UAC International Programs intended for international students who need to spend a Semester or Year Abroad Program in the areas of Health, Engineering, and Social Sciences @ Universidad de Aconcagua,
Violeta was a pioneer as a Housing Coordinator matching students and families in the fifth region, long before study abroad began to flourish. She began in the year 1995 and has provided accommodation to countless university students who have chosen Valparaiso to study and experience living with a Chilean family. Her extensive experience also includes assisting visiting professors in finding suitable long and short term accommodations.
In order to give an outstanding service, I visit the contacted families; I interview them, complete a form and check over the house. Once approved, I keep watch over the student´s stay in the selected home. At present i have over 250 families ready to receive international students. This initiative generates not only incomes to Chilean host families but it also allows them to experience a different culture and learn from it in their own homes. I also have a record book of guest houses, rooming houses, and apartments for international students who want more independence.
Her work has been recognized by Directors of International Studies Programs.
MS. YOLANDA MACAYA
ACADEMIC ADVISOR FOR CHILEAN STUDENTS
ON-SITE COORDINATOR FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS IN ACONCAGUA
Teacher of English: Ms. Sandra Alvarez
COLEGIO MILLANTÚ MONTESSORI
Teacher of English: Ms. Geraldine González
COLEGIO MILLANTÚ MONTESSORI
Teacher of English: Ms. Yasna Valenzuela