Archives for June 2013

Olé! The Spanish adventure begins

Dave Whiteside - Southern Spain chaperone

Our First Days in Spain’s bustling capital!

We arrived safe and sound in Madrid and have been going strong! After a bit of rest and lunch we all took to the bustling streets of Madrid to get a feel for the numerous plazas, mercados, and beautiful streets!
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Meet your Southern Spain chaperone, Dave

Dave Whiteside - Southern Spain chaperone

Hello ECI parents and travelers!

My name is Dave Whiteside and I’m from a small town south of San Francisco called Los Gatos. I studied at San Jose State University and upon finishing my degree there I promptly went to Granada, Spain to complete a four-month language and cultural immersion program. I fell in love with the city and Spanish culture and, after returning to California for 2 years (with a month-long stay in Antigua, Guatemala in between), I returned to the city as an English language assistant. I have just completed my third year here with plans of coming back in the fall for a fourth.
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Meet your Salamanca chaperone, Sarah

Sarah Behm - Salamanca chaperone

¡Hola ECI parents and participants!

My name is Sarah Behm, and I can’t wait to for our Salamanca adventure! I am from Novato, California and now live in San Francisco. During the school year I work with an organization called Community Matters and conduct youth empowerment trainings all across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
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Meet your Nice Chaperone, Erin

Erin Simmeth - Nice chaperone

Bonjour ECI parents and students!

My name is Erin Simmeth and I am thrilled to be leading the ECI Nice trip this summer! I am originally from the East Coast but have called the San Francisco Bay Area home for almost ten years. I have taught French to students from grade four through the college level, and I currently teach at an online high school. This will be my second trip to France with ECI, and my sixth time traveling in France. You could say that I am addicted to all things French!
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