Colin Young

Hi, my name is Colin Young. I am a teacher, a trainer, a traveler, a runner, and a language enthusiast. I am originally from Canada, but have been living overseas for over 10 years in China, Korea, Turkey, Malaysia and Australia! English teaching was what brought me around the world and I have experience teaching all ages and levels, ranging from 5 year old kindergarten classes to rocket scientists at Samsung. I arrived in La Paz, Bolivia in January 2016 and am looking forward to training the English teachers of the future in a TESOL Certificate program at instituto-exclusivo!

Matthew English

Hi. My name is Matt English. I received a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Montana, USA. In the years following university, I taught in Mali and Morocco. It was thrilling to live in Africa and explore the differences of human culture, as well as the similarities of the human experience. During this time, I became fascinated with the process of language learning and language acquisition.

Elizabeth Gould

Hi, my name is Lizzie Gould. I first came to La Paz as a volunteer teacher and I fell in love with the culture, so I decided to come back! I have a degree in Media Arts from Royal Holloway University of London, and I also have a TEFL qualification. I am currently learning Spanish, so I can empathize with my students. I use my experience of learning a language to inform my lessons, utilizing the effective methods I have found as a student to help those in my class. As a teacher I like to make my classes fun and varied.

España Villegas

Hola, my name is España Villegas. I have a Bachelors degree in Linguistics. I have experience using information and communication technologies in education after having participated in various courses of the Cervantes Institute. I’m actually creating classes with the Moodle Platform so my classes can be more interactive.

Maritza Griffiths

Hi, my name is Maritza Griffiths. You may be thinking I'm from England or the USA because of my last name, but, if so, you are wrong! I'm from Bolivia. I have a Bachelors Degree in Linguistics and have almost 15 years of experience teaching English in high schools and universities. I have 4 years of experience teaching my own language (Spanish), which I began to teach in a high school in the United States. 

Sonia María

Hi my name is Sonia Maria, I’m from Coroico – La Paz, I graduated in Education from the “Universidad Católica Boliviana” also I studied English at “Centro Boliviano Americano” and have a post-graduate in superior education from the “Universidad Mayor de San Andres” I have lived in United state and I taught there for one year in a Spanish immersion school. I have been teaching Spanish at i.e. in La Paz since 2014 and I really like it, because it means to share my culture and to learn a lot from other countries which is a good way to grow as a professional.

Roxana Huallpara

Hello! My name is Roxana. I have been a Spanish teacher for more than 5 years. I like it!!!

 I graduated from San Andres University with a degree in Linguistics and Languages and a specialty in English, so I can speak English. Also I took a post-graduate course in Higher Education and I´ve already prepared many students to pass the DELE exam.

One of my hobbies is to talk about customs of my country and its history. In my classes I prefer to tailor classes according to students’ expectations, communication and comprehension.

Milka Peñaranda

Hi, I'm Milka and I am Spanish Teacher! I’m from La Paz, Bolivia. I like teaching Spanish because I love both the language and teaching very much. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University “Mayor de San Andres” here in La Paz. I also have a postgraduate in Upper Education and some specialty courses: “accreditations for exams DELE” in “CERVANTES”

I speak Spanish, at intermediate level English, and a little Korean.

Luis Oporto

My name is Luis Oporto Barriga.  I studied at the faculty of Linguistics and Languages of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) in La Paz and I have been teaching Spanish for about 5 years.  I normally work focusing on communication and on tasks, even if this sometimes depends on the characteristics of the students.  In any case I try to develop the 4 skills in my classes: speaking, listening, reading and writing.  On the other hand I also include playful activities in my classes such as listening to music or playing to learn in a fun way.  One of the things I like doing is talking to