This autumn we have the pleasure of working with a unique type of student. Not only are our interns here to learn Spanish, they are also all studying Tourism or Hospitality Management back at their respective homes. By working here they earn school credits which apply to their university courses. This is an excellent opportunity for them to learn how the real world of hospitality works while we can benefit from the knowledge of their different cultures. I had the distinct privilege to interview the three of them together:
Julia Scott Julie
Where are you from and how will people recognize you?
Scott: I’m from the USA and I’m easily recognizable because I never stop talking, I usually have a liter of cola in my hand, and I “act like the most stereotypical American possible” – source: anonymous.
Julie: I’m from Holland, taller than Scott, and have really cool earrings.
Julia: I’m from Austria and I love sports, travelling, languages and I laugh a lot. You might recognize me as the crazy person that goes for a swim or surfing even at night.
What does your homeschool program look like and how did you end up here?
Scott: I’m partway through a Masters in Business Administration with a graduate certificate in Hospitality Management. I originally came here as a student, but the prospect of getting a full Spanish and surf education while practicing what I´ve learned at my homeschool caught my eye like a tuna to a barracuda.
Julie: I’m studying tourism management for a third year, and the Spanish language appealed to me the most. Also the informal vibe and constant interaction with the students.
Julia: I’m getting a degree in International Tourism Management and I love learning languages, that how I decided to pick a language school as placement. I speak 5 languages fluently and I am learning 2 new ones. The teaching style of the school was very professional and matched well with how I take my education seriously but also like the social activities.
If you could make up the official title that you would have here at MSS what would it be?
Scott: The Alpha Intern/Public Relations and Special Event Coordinator
Julia: The Ultimate Translator
Julie: The Creative Department Lead/The Beta Intern source: Scott
What’s your favorite activity at MSS?
Julie: The parrillada a.k.a biweekly barbecues
Julia: Surfing, yoga, kangoo jump (an intense local cardio class unique to Montañita, see previous blog post for more info), futbol
Scott: I will never say no to beach or pool volleyball no matter what
What’s your favorite non-MSS sponsored activity in Montañita?
Scott: Never stopping talking, correcting people’s English even though I know a third as many languages as them, or pranks at the Cabañas
Julie: Eating chocolate croissants! Montañita has the best chocolate croissants even in comparison to Europe.
Julia: Meeting the locals 🙂 their culture and living style is so relaxed and fun
What’s the hardest part of your jobs?
Scott: I’m working at a job? I thought I was here on an extended vacation
Julie: To be around with Scott in one room
Julia: The same thing that Julie said
If you have one piece of advice for students what would it be?
Julie: Eat a lot of chocolate croissants while you’re here. And Eugenio makes the best cocktails in town!
Julia: Enjoy every single moment in Montañita, it is awesome here with never a dull day
Scott: Don´t take the surf for granted here, you´ll be hard pressed to find another place with conditions as good for learners. Surf as much as you can.
Stop by the school and say hola to Scott, Julie, and Julia. Feel free to pick their minds for general Montañita advice, directions, restaurant recommendations, surf tips, or information on anything in town. If your curious about the internship opportunities available here, including the surf internship position, send us an email at email@example.com.