Spanish Language Residents

2021-2022 Academic Year: Natalia Cano Jiménez

Tell us something special about your hometown.

I was born and raised in Málaga, a town in the southern region of Spain, Andalusia. Málaga is known for its beautiful beaches and charming little villages.  It is also very popular among tourists from the north of Europe because we have very warm and nice weather year round. That is why it is also known as the “Costa del Sol’’. Málaga is also famous for having Phoenician, Roman, and Arab historical backgrounds and for being one of the Spanish cities with more museums. Almost 40!

Tell us what you would like to learn from your students.

I would like to learn about them, their motivations and why they want to learn Spanish. I would really like to share with them how amazing Spain is and encourage them to go abroad.

Tell us what you studied at university and what you might like to do one day.

I studied Translation and Interpreting at the University of Granada (Spain) and Languages and Business at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Germany). While I was studying, I traveled a lot and I could improve my English and German. This was a very enriching experience because I met people from different countries. I have always thought that we can learn a lot from people who come from different cultural backgrounds. During my period abroad, I also realized how difficult it is sometimes to teach a foreign language. That’s why in the future I would really like to work as an English teacher if I live in Spain or as a Spanish teacher if I live abroad.

Tell us about your favorite food or dish from your region and why you think it is special.

Although Gazpacho (cold Andalusian tomato soup) is very popular in my region, I think that croquetas are the best Spanish dish. They are delicious small fried balls filled with béchamel and chicken or ham, seafood, etc. So, they are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They are possibly what I am going to miss the most from Spain!

2021-2022 Academic Year: Franco Ignacio Rivas Quiroz

Tell us something special about your hometown.

I was raised in the city of Valparaíso, which is a beautiful port city that is built on a bay. I would describe it as a colorful and joyful place to live. It is full of street art, murals and painted staircases that lead to the hills. One of the things I like the most about Valparaíso is the fact that there is always a nice place where you can just sit and read a book or just watch the sea from a nice viewpoint of one of the hills. There are also lots of cultural events, art galleries and places to go out at night.

Tell us when and how you started studying foreign languages and what you like about learning languages.

Apart from studying English at school, something that really motivated me to learn the language when I was little, was watching films or cartoons that were not always available in Spanish. Years later, once in high school, I started watching almost everything in English and I really enjoyed the challenge. Eventually, I ended up studying English in college and during that time I had the chance to work part-time in the field of hospitality and tourism, which allowed me to use my English and be constantly communicating with people from other countries. At the same time, I spent a lot of time going with friends to these cultural events where both tourists, exchange students and local people participated, shared and practiced different languages. That made me realize how cool it is to learn new languages and the nice opportunities to make connections with other cultures through language.

Tell us about a favorite activity that you pursue when you have free time.

I like doing exercise in my free time. Whether it is running by the coast, hiking, swimming or working out at the gym, it always helps me clear my mind and release stress. I’ve never been that fond of team sports though, such as soccer, basketball or volleyball. Either way, exercising has definitely been a help during the first months of lockdown, and though I haven’t had the chance to do that as often as before, even going for a walk feels good if there’s not a lot of time.


Past Spanish Language Residents

  • 2020-2021: Tamara Olivos Muñoz
  • 2019-2021: Katherine Pérez Gutiérrez
  • 2019-2020: Blanca Barranco Lafuente
  • 2017-2019: José Gómez Soria
  • 2017-2019: Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • 2015-2017: Joaquin Garcia de la Cruz
  • 2015-2017: Tamara Olivos Muñoz
  • 2014-2015: Rosina Desimone
  • 2013-2015: Isaac Gimenez-Garcia
  • 2013-2014: Leticia Garziglia
  • 2012-2013: Mariana Jaimes-Couoh
  • 2011-2013: Zeltia-Fucinos-Mosquera
  • 2011-2012: Mauricio Aldecosea-Blixen
  • 2009-2011: Juan Pedro Giner Martinez
  • 2007-2009: María Alejandre-Fariñas
  • 2005-2007: Ignacio Vega-Matilla
  • 2004-2005: Lorena Rodriguez-Ruiz
  • 2002-2004: Antonio Ramos-Alvarez
  • 2001-2002: Anna Cancho-Sanchez
  • 1999-2001: Roberto Blanco
  • 1997-1999: Magdalena Contardo
  • 1993-1995: Juan Carlos Martin
  • 1992-1993: Maria Elena Hernandez
  • 1991-1992: Maria Isabel Valdunciel-Garcia
  • 1990-1991: Miguel Santos de Vega
  • 1989-1990: Felipe Negritto-Cornejo
  • 1986-1989: Esther Checa-Garcia
  • 1984-1986: Gisela Delgado-Dorante
  • 1982-1984: Maria Donapetry
  • 1981-1982: Concepcion Recari-Grajeda
  • 1979-1981: Miguel Perea
  • 1976-1979: Francisco Cabello
  • 1975-1976: Monica Arguello
  • 1970-1975: Guillermo Odio
  • 1968-1970: Angela Rincon-Nunez
  • 1967-1968: Amparo Ocampo