Who Are We?

Juan Camilo García Martínez

Spanish Teacher | Founder
Camilo's Facebook Page & Reviews

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Hey! I’m Juan Camilo García Martínez but most people just call me Camilo. I was born in Puerto Nare, but when I was about three years old I moved to San Carlos and lived there until it was invaded by the FARC in the late-1990's. During this time, my family and I relocated to Medellin to seek safety, but when San Carlos became an example of peace and reconciliation in the mid-2000's, we returned to live there. San Carlos is home close to my heart. When you see it, you'll realize why.

Back in university, I studied Spanish Philology (not to be confused with Philosophy), it's about all things related to Spanish—Linguistics, Literature, History, and Philosophy of the Language and its relation to Latin and Ancient Greek languages. I then fell in love with languages and began to learn German and English. My favorite travel was when I went to Argentina, where I interacted with foreigners and realized the importance of being able to understand cultures. Since then I have been teaching Spanish to travelers and adventurers of all types who want to experience true Colombian culture. I have worked at two different Spanish schools in Poblado, Medellín prior to Spanish Adventure. Everyone learns Spanish differently, and I continually aim to improve and personalize my teaching methodologies—especially to make them more fun and enjoyable.

Daniel Filipe Vergara

Spanish Teacher | Founder
Daniels Facebook Page & Reviews

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Hey guys! I'm Daniel, and for the past several years I have been working with foreigners to teach them Spanish and help them immerse themselves in Colombian culture. I love my job because it makes me feel like I’m traveling in my own home. I'm able to learn about the cultures of my students, understand a different way of thinking, all while sharing my Colombian culture with them. Before Spanish Adventure, I worked as Coordinator of Special Programs at Colombia Immersion in Envigado, Medellin.

I have traveled throughout Colombia, learning more about my culture, understanding more of my country, and seeing the amazing places it has to offer. San Carlos—one of my favorites in Colombia—is a special place where you will feel the true Colombian culture and experience its peacefulness and perfect weather. Nowadays I enjoy different activities like exercising, studying, hiking, meeting people, just having fun, and challenging myself through various adventures and new sensations.

I'm a firm believer that when you start to learn a language, it's not enough to just study the grammar. You need to feel the culture, experience how the people live and think, speak and apply your newly-learned skills. In this way—and only in this way—you will build your Spanish; that in itself will be an adventure.

laura nathaly franco ortega:

Adventure Manager
Laura Nathaly Franco Ortega Facebook Page & Reviews

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I'm Laura Nathaly, a Colombian girl who loves nature, that's why I'm part of the Spanish Adventure team as a support guide in the mountains, trying to connect people with their own natural world.
I love my culture and share about it, I am observant, creative, proactive and passionate. Moves me the curiosity to undertake new adventures, link worlds, and the interest to explore the way to return to ours roots.
I come from a loving family and charged with feminine power from the rural, I love planting and being in nature is my happiness, for this reason I decided to accept the adventure and jump from the city of Medellin to the beautiful waterfalls of San Carlos to build unforgettable memories and share my passion with people from all over the world.

My favorite word is "Universe", I am a total believer that each person is a new world, that each one of us carries inside the universe, the cosmos, the perfect magic of life.

Berenice del Socorro Martinez Marin:

Owner of La Ola Restaurant and Camilo’s mum
Berenice Facebook Page & Reviews

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My name is Berenice and I’m Camilo’s mum. I’m originally from Pop Nare la Magdalena but
I’ve lived in a lot of different places. I moved from Medellín to San Carlos about six years
ago. I used to work with cosmetics but now I run a restaurant called “La Ola” and cook for
Spanish Adventure. I really like my job because I enjoy cooking. My favourite dish is
probably rice with meat and avocado. When I’m not cooking for the students, I like to rest in my bed.


What do you think is the key to learn a new language?
– Talk, talk, talk – and then a little extra bit of practise.
Which is your favourite Spanish word and why?
– Amor, because it’s pretty.

Luza Quiceno Aristizabal

Cleaning lady and waitress 

My name is Luza, I do the cleaning around the school. I am a friend of Berenice and I have been working with Spanish Adventure for about a year. I was born and raised in San Carlos together with my mum and my three brothers. Now I live with my husband and my two daughters. In my spare time I like to go swimming in the river and play with my kids.

 

What is your favorite spanish word and why?

Oh, I dont really know. Maybe "te amo" because it is something that I say to my daughters a lot.

 

Santiago ramirez hernandez

Painter and house improvement 

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My name is Santiago and I am the artist at Spanish Adventure. I would describe myself as "un vago" - a person who doesn't work. Painting is what I love doing, I have been painting since I was a little kid, and therefore I dont really consider it a job. For me, this is a place that opens up for creativity. To find inspiration for my paintings, I like to observe my surroundings. I especially like to be involved in nature in every possible aspect. I really like how Spanish Adventure take care of our territory, the river, the forest, and the entire culture. What I also like with Spanish Adventure is the cultural exchange - I really enjoy discussing and talking about cultures in general. Previously I have lived in Medellin, but I was born in Pereira. My mom is from San Carlos and I moved here as a kid. At the moment I am having a break from my studies in Artist Plasticas at the University of Antioquia. Besides from painting, I also love to read and write.

What is your favorite Spanish word and why?

- Cronopio. Astrapto. Its quite weird. Its a poem that rhymes, but it could also be a painting that has a context. Famous cronopios.

 

Shirly usme

Dance teacher 

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Hey, I am Shirley and I am the Dance teacher at Spanish Adventure. In my class I teach Salsa, Bachata and meringue. Ive been dancing since I was a kid, but Im completely self taught. My favorite dances are probably Salsa and contemporary. Apart from working at spanish Adventure, I work with young people from San Carlos and study Administration. The thing I like the most about working at Spanish Adventure is the cultural exchange, meeting people from different countries and also learning english. Next year I am hoping to travel to Europe so I really need to practice my english before that. 

What is your favorite Spanish word and why?

- Felizidad, because that is what I represent. I am a happy person, and I want all the people around me to be happy as well.

 

Dobby

House dog

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I became apart of Spanish Adventure in the beginning of 2018. I used to be a stay dog, which didn't suit me at all, as I am the cuddliest and most attention seeking dog to ever wonder this earth. One day I found myself stumbling into "Casa de Gringos" I immediately grew found of Daniel and Camilo (especially Daniel) and I haven't left their side since that very day. The best things I know how to do is chase after motorbikes (I dont really care about the fact that Christian screams at me not to), stare deep, deep into humans souls, sleep on every couch im not aloud to, go on adventures (even though I genuinely hate the water), like students faces clean after dinner and last but not least: I cure homesickness.

Which is your favorite Spanish word and why?

-Venga, because it means that someone wants me to come and I love all of the attention I can get.

Ersa

House cat 

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I am Ersa and I was born and raised at Spanish Adventure. I am officially the cutest and fluffiest creature to ever stay at the school. My favorite human is Daniel. Everyone else I find pretty mediocre to be honest. I like to sneak into the students bedrooms and casually crash on their beds every one and then. I also like to hangout in the classroom during class, but I am not crazy about cuddles (except cuddles with Daniel, obviously) I dont really like Dobbie either. He is too much  "in your face" to be my kind of person.

What is your favorite Spanish word and why?

- Descarada, because I am a pretty sassy cat.

Our Volunteers

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At any given time, we have 1–2 volunteers assisting us with various aspects of the school. If you're interested in volunteering with us, send us a message with your interests and related skills. We often have a lot of interest in our volunteer positions, so unfortunately we cannot guarantee positions to all—though we would still love to hear from you. Send us a message, and we'll let you know!