Professors

Patricia Torrico Luizaga

Patricia Torrico Luizaga was born in Cochabamba in 1979. She comes from a large family and has lived in Cochabamba most of her life. She studied Applied Linguistics and Language teaching at San Simon University where she learned English, French and Quechua. She has practical experience as a linguistics and English teacher, as well as teaching Spanish to school students in the city of Dijon in France. This experience served to improve her professionally, and to value her own country more. In her spare time she likes to travel and play football.

Patricia Lizbeth Caba Peñaranda

Patricia was born in Potosí in 1981. She began her education at Particular Panamericano school in Potosí and in 1994 she moved to Buenos Aires, where she continued her education. In 2000 she returned to Bolivia to reside in the city of Cochabamba. From 2000 to 2004 she studied Applied Linguistics and Language teaching in San Simon University, while also working as secretary and librarian. From 2005 to 2007 she taught Spanish to foreigners at Projects Abroad; whilst also teaching in schools and institutes as an English teacher. Patricia loves teaching Spanish because she is passionate about sharing her language and culture with foreigners.

 

Andrea Castro Canelas

Andrea Castro Canelas was born in 1981 in Santa Cruz. She completed her studies in Applied Linguistics at the University of Mayor San Simon in Cochabamba. She has worked as a Spanish professor for Projects Abroad Bolivia and has had various other jobs teaching English and French in public high schools and other private institutions. In addition, Andrea worked as a librarian in a Christian-based library and as a consultant with an international goods shop. Currently she serves as a Sustainable Bolivia Spanish language professor, where she shares Bolivian culture and life with her students. In her free time she likes to play sports and dance.

María Cardozo Aguilar

Maria was born in Cochabamba in 1958. She studied economics at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón and English at the Centro Boliviano Americano. She worked as a Spanish and Quechua professor from 1986 to 1991 in the Maryknoll Language Institute and from 1995 to 2008 for the Peace Corps, where she was also trained and certified as a Language Interviewer (for Spanish and Quechua). She has completed several workshops and courses on language teaching techniques. María loves the cultural exchange that comes with language teaching. In her free time she likes to walk, travel and read.

Carla Virginia López de Jorge

Carla was born in Totora, province of Cochabamba, in 1973. She studied at the Cosmos School in Cochabamba. She completed her university degree in Linguistics and Languages at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón, where she graduated in 1997. She immediately began teaching English at the Jesus Lara School and from 1998 to 2008 worked for Peace Corps Bolivia as a Culture and Languages Trainer. During her time with the Peace Corps Carla taught Spanish, Quechua and Bolivian culture to Peace Corps Volunteers. After Peace Corps, Carla provided private Spanish classes to foreigners and taught English to students and staff of a Business School in Cochabamba. Carla is the mother of Camila and Samuel whom she considers to be her reason for living!

Elizabeth Callapa Flores

Elizabeth was born in La Paz in 1978. When she was seven she moved to Villa Montes in Tarija and after completing high school she returned to La Paz, where she began her modern languages and linguistics degree at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. After two years she transferred to Cochabamba where she completed her studies at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón. While studying she completed a course in English at the Centro Boliviano Americano and worked as an English professor in the Californian American School and the English Town Coorporation Institute. She then worked for two years as a Spanish professor for Projects Abroad. She is currently employed as a translator and interpreter for a Christian Foundation and as a Spanish professor for Sustainable Bolivia. Elizabeth loves to use language as a means to share and teach her culture.

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Daysi Rivero Villaroel

Daysi Rivero Villarroel was born in Cochabamba in 1986. She studied Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition at the University Mayor de San Simon. She worked teaching Spanish to kids, teenagers and students in France. While working as a Spanish teacher she participated in Spanish-teaching workshops in the Cervantes Institute of Paris, an institution dedicated to the teaching of Spanish at all levels. She also has experience teaching Spanish to Portuguese and English speakers. Daysi currently teaches French and English in the language laboratory in the Humanities and Educational Sciences Faculty of the San Simon University. During her free time Daisy enjoys biking, embroidering and crocheting, as well as traveling, meeting new people and different cultures. She is recently married and traveled to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for her honeymoon.

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Jaqueline Guitierrez

Born in Oruro in 1982, Jaqueline remained there throughout primary and secondary school until she moved to the city of Cochabamba to study Linguistics. During her university studies, Jaqueline also worked as a transcriber and, towards the end of her studies, as a translator in the University Mayor de San Simon. Since her graduation, Jaqueline has worked as an English and Spanish teacher both in public and private institutions. She loves to teach languages as this allows her to share her own culture and learn the culture of others.

Marisol Cabrera Mendoza

Marisol was born in La Paz in 1970. After completing her high school diploma she studied Linguistics and Languages at San Andrés University in La Paz, where she graduated in 1995. She immediately started working in the university as a language teaching assistant. She then worked in an indigenous community teaching Spanish as a second language. She worked for Peace Corps Bolivia from January 1997 to June 2008 as a Language and Culture Teacher. During her time in the Peace Corps Marisol taught Spanish, Aymara and cultural aspects of Latin America for volunteers. She then worked as an English teacher for CBA in Cochabamba, developed a foreign languages curriculum for UNIBOL University and worked there as a languages teacher. Marisol is married and has a son, Camilo.

Jorge Siles

Jorge was born in La Paz, but has lived most of his life in Cochabamba. His interest in languages started when he was in school. He studied Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching at the Universidad Mayor de San Simon and has developed material for teaching Spanish applied to medicine and health care. Jorge also has experiencing teaching Spanish to foreigners, working as a teacher with Projects Abroad Bolivia. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with friends, playing sports, traveling, and meeting new people from different regions and cultures. He is currently a member of the teaching staff of Sustainable Bolivia.

Liesbeth Albornoz Uriona

Liesbeth was born in the city of Cochabamba. She studied at the Las Esclavas de Sagrada Corazón de Jesús High School, also known as the Irlandes High School. After working in the Maryknoll Language Institute in La Paz, Liesbeth taught families of embassy staff from China, Korea, England, The Czech Republic and Slovakia. Upon her return to Cochabamba she began work in the Carachipampa Christian School. For the next 10 years—between 1994 and 2008—she served as the Spanish and Quechua Languages Facilitator for the Peace Corps. Liesbeth completed translation work for PCI and acted as a Spanish and Quechua translator for the Andean Baptist Mission of Canada. She has written books in Quechua, an illustrated dictionary and work books in Spanish and Quechua. She continues her 25 year career teaching English, Spanish and Quechua.

Daniel Diaz

Daniel was born in Santiago, Chile in 1983. He has a degree in Letters (with focuses in linguistics and literature), as well as a degree in education. Daniel has also spent time as a Spanish language professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and as a professor of Literature at the Cristo Nación School in Tiquipaya Bolivia. Daniel has designed courses for Spanish language learners for the ICBA in Cochabamba, Bolivia and has served as a proofreader of standardized tests for APTUS CHILE and MIDE UC in Santiado, Chile. He is a self-taught musician, and contributes diverse texts, chronicles and articles to various press outlets in Santiago and Cochabamba under various pseudonyms. He is also the administrator of the website laotravereda.com, a platform of free cultural music.