We are a group of individuals passionate about international education, languages, and travel. We have personally experienced what it takes to learn a new language and found immersion as the best "passport to fluency".  

Juan Sebastian Garzon

Chief Experience Officer


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Sebastian was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He was an exchange student in high school and an international student in college.  He completed an internship at the happiest place on earth, Disney World, where he learned the real value of customer service. Sebastian served as ambassador for an international ESL program where he assisted in recruiting by traveling to Central America. He is certified in business coaching and has assisted multiple early-stage companies. Sebastian believes in giving back and is part of several organizations. One of which is PorColombia, where he serves as VP of Marketing.

Sebastian's mission: to provide you with the best possible experience by combining his business acumen, personal experience, and customer service. 

Lorena Parada-Valdes

Chief Immersion Officer


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Lorena was born and raised in Panama. She came to the United States as a recipient of a merit-based college scholarship, and has spent most of her life surrounded by foreign languages and new cultures. She has over twenty years of experience in translation, interpretation, foreign language instruction and cross-cultural training, working in overseas locations in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, as well as in Alaska and Guam. Lorena’s passion for language learning and experiencing new cultures began early in childhood and have been a driving force throughout her life. She believes that language learning and teaching changes lives and creates opportunities, and is committed to helping people discover and improve their linguistic abilities so they can communicate with others across the globe.


Lorena's mission: to create a linguistic and cross-cultural immersion experience that will empower you to develop your foreign language communication skills and abilities, while enjoying the adventure of a lifetime

Diego Felipe Astudillo

Program Manager

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Diego is a native of Bogota, Colombia. He is a professor at two of the most recognized universities in Bogota, Santo Tomas and Agustiniana universities. Diego's international education journey started when he went to school in Mexico where he received a Master in Education from Tecnologico (TEC) de Monterrey. Since then, Diego has participated in several conferences and international events where he is been able to share his experience as an educator. 

Diego's mission: to identify educational opportunities and link them to the Colombian culture and traditions.

10201 South Padre Island Dr.

Corpus Christi, TX 78418

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