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I was brought up in Munich, have lived in Barcelona since 2007 and I am a declared Europefan!
In 2009, with love and passion, I founded Openmind with the specific aim of promoting the European dream of social inclusion for all. As a former exchange student and someone who has travelled throughout the world, I am aware how fortunate we are in this continent. It´s wonderful to see how many emotions we move between the countries. It is exactly what Europe needs... emotional connections!
My two children are tri-lingual and they embody the colourful spirit of Europe! I am convinced that students will also become infected with this passion. We are looking forward to looking after them.
I am a translator and interpreter for English and German.
In Germany I was responsible for the selection of exchange students and discovered my passion for the intercultural world.
When I met Kristin, I started working as a coordinator in Seville for Openmind. Now I have become her right hand, the director of our school programme in Spain as well as the director of the High School
Programme abroad for our Spanish students.
Hopefully one day my little daughter Emma asks me if I could organize her stay in New Zealand.
I was born in Morocco and grew up in Spain. After graduating in Philosophy I lived in different places, always motivated to broaden my vision of the world. I have worked as a teacher and this has given me the possibility to understand young people. The opportunity to get to know other cultures, to immerse yourself in another language, to learn from others seems to me so stimulating for the new generations that I did not hesitate to embark on this project. Growing up is something that cannot be put off until tomorrow.
I am a trained translator and I feel fulfilled when I manage to get people from different cultures to understand each other. I am passionate about languages. That's why I try to integrate them into my private life as well: I am an insatiable reader of every novel I come across and I do all I can to promote the cultural exchange of young Europeans in Spain. All of these passions have the same starting point: Segovia, my hometown and the place I always return to, no matter how far I go, because this is where I feel at home.
I was born in France, but I grew up in Seville. Since I was 12 years old I have been studying in France, England and Ireland during the summer months. These experiences led me to study Translation and Interpreting and do a Masters in International Affairs.
Moreover, my stays abroad have taught me to love other cultures. That is also why I love working for Openmind. I can see that every single experience leaves a special sparkle in the eyes of everyone who dives into a new adventure.
Get to know our coordinators
Openmind would not exist without our wonderful team of local coordinators! The majority has lived abroad, already hosted foreign guests in their house or grew up in a bilingual environment. They all know what cultural adaptation means and do a fantastic job in choosing the right host family, while closely supporting the students during their whole stay.
Mª Ángeles is an educator, speech therapist and teacher of early childhood education. She has worked as a teacher for more than 10 years. She currently works in a psychopedagogical centre with children with speech problems. Her passions include reading, sports, her two children and traveling. She lived in Edinburgh for three months where she not only learned English, but had an unforgettable life experience. Whenever she can, she tries to get to know new spots on earth. Her favourite places are: Cantabria, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Singapore, Berlin and Paris, and she hopes to discover much more of this world.
A true Sevillian who loves her hometown, although she describes herself as a citizen of the world who is passionate about foreign cultures and languages.
Ángela studied German Philology and worked in education and tourism for many years.
She has been working as a coordinator since 2009, a job she loves! She finds working with people from different parts of the world extremely enriching.
She describes her two daughters as the "greatest engine of her life".
Mariló is a positive, active and warm-hearted mom of two teenagers who have been abroad many times. She has been a host mother several times. As a coordinator, the students can count on her great empathy for all involved people/parties.
She uses all her power and engagement to ensure that participants have an unforgettable experience. She is convinced that by achieving that, the participants come often back to Spain, which makes a real sustainable cultural exchange.
Her hobbies are reading, cinema, cycling and learning from others (especially from young people because of their “freshness”).
María is originally from Seville, although she considers herself a citizen of the world. She has lived in countries like Ireland, England, and Germany. Therefore, she speaks fluent English and German. She currently lives in Malaga and she loves it there. She is perfectly aware how living in a new place is like and she knows how to make the most of it. She works in the tourist sector. Thus, she is used to be surrounded by many different cultures.
Maria loves yoga and doing outdoor activities.
Daniel is a tourism professional. In his work, he always enjoys meeting people from different cultures. He was an exchange student in England in 2004. This was a milestone in his personal growth. He was born in Seville and now lives in Fuengirola, Malaga. He lived in Barcelona and he visited many places in Europe, America, Asia, and Africa.
He loves travelling, nature, sport, he is animal friendly and he likes enjoying the little things of life.
Mari is from Valencia, she is passionate about traveling, meeting new people and immersing herself in the customs of her destinations.
She has been an exchange student in Ireland and has been living in England for a year, a fact that has motivated her to be part of this great team in order to help students to live the great experience that she herself lived and made her grow so much.
She loves the sea, the mountains and all outdoor sports such as surfing, snowboarding, hiking, running, and much more. Students will not have the option to get bored.
She is optimistic and proactive, she likes to get involved in new projects and is very happy to participate in this cultural exchange programme. Professionally she is a nutritionist and biology teacher. She loves teaching and involving her students in the passionate world of science.
In her spare time she practices yoga and swimming. She enjoys reading, going for walks in nature and going on cultural trips with her family.
Mercè has a daughter. In her free time, she enjoys going to the cinema, reading, travelling to European cities - and, of course, enjoying the beauty of her island.
Cristina was born in Madrid and now lives in Aranda de Duero. She is a school teacher for children and teenagers. She currently works in an English school and she is in permanent contact with families who look for the experience in participating in cultural exchanges with other countries.
She is really interested in discovering other cultures and lifestyles, enriching herself every day from the company of people.
She likes doing opendoor activites with her family, seeing a good film and travelling.
Her family has previously hosted exchange students from Germany, New Zealand and Canada. She loved this experience so much that she became our coordinator.
Her passion is theatre. She also loves going to the cinema, reading, doing outdoor sports and chatting with her family and friends.
Her biggest hobby is meeting people from all over the world!
Elpidia, a native of Tenerife, is mother of two children. Her family hosted a German student a few years ago. The experience was so great that Elpidia was immediately interested in becoming part of the Openmind team.
Since she has a children’s clothing store, she is in daily contact with children and adolescents.
Elpidia is an active person, always in a great mood. Our participants will be in the best hands with her.
Kristin, Carmen and the entire Openmind Team
We are looking forward to meeting you!