We worked together teaching Spanish at a language school and our connection was instantaneous. Since then, we have both worked as Spanish teachers at different universities in London (among them the University of Westminster and Imperial College), and have taught language and culture courses throughout our careers. We love our work and we are continuously developing our teaching practice .
We, Débora and Egiarte, are friends and chosen sisters. It was in one of our endless chats in London cafés that we came up with the idea of launching something together, something that would unite our passions: teaching Spanish, discovering special places while travelling, and sharing them with other people…
The destinations and dates of our trips might change, but the story remains the same. You attend classes, share coffees and meals, live fond experiences, walk through nature, and more importantly, talk a lot.
And all of this in Spanish. We love to see how our students feel comfortable and feel cared for from the first moment we receive them, and how they are motivated and excited by our programme. Throughout their stay, they gain confidence and we become a diverse and intergenerational family.
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. They might be students studying Spanish at university, or adults who want to continue improving their Spanish. They have a broad range of interests. Many are interested in the Spanish language, politics, history, gastronomy, or art of the place we travel to. With this in mind, we develop a varied programme with a broad appeal.
We are committed to quality, sustainable and responsible tourism at all times, and we work with the local people of the destinations we travel to.
“I was extremely impressed with everything. You are both very encouraging and caring teachers. We were looked after very well. The group got on well together and it was good that there was a wide age range. I feel that my Spanish is improving and now I feel more confident and will be speaking in Spanish with my Spanish friends”.
Former primary school teacher.
“I really appreciated the insights you gave us about Spanish life and culture. This was not just a language course, but far, far more than that. It was an opportunity to benefit from your experience and to enjoy spending time with you all. You have made a real difference to our grasp of the language and our love for Spanish culture.”
“Really good way to improve your Spanish, learn about the culture and meet interesting new people”.
“I took up learning Spanish in my sixties with all the difficulties that entails. However I was extremely fortunate to have Egiarte as my teacher. She was able to understand my shortcomings and work on them with patience. Initial frustration gave way to enjoyment and then a feeling of accomplishment. Whereas I was embarrassed at my lack of facility with the language she encouraged me to trust my instincts and to speak it freely. I recommend her as an outstanding teacher. Diligent,skilful and focused”.
“I studied Spanish for two years with Débora Staryfurman, enjoyed every minute and learned a lot. She is a born teacher and seems blessed with boundless enthusiasm. She possesses a great talent for making language learning a pleasure without neglecting the structures and grammar which are the essential building blocks for any successful language acquisition”.
Former director, Grant & Cutler Ltd