I first came to Salamanca to do a Spanish course. My two main criteria for
picking the destination of my course were that it shouldn't have a beach (!)
and shouldn't be too big. I had a long list of cities which fulfilled both
preferences. In the end I opted for Salamanca because I liked its name.
When I got to Salamanca I was captivated by the Plaza Mayor, the University
and the beauty of the old quarter. And also by the nightlife. Although I
was still officially enrolled at the University of Mainz (Translation and
Interpretation Faculty) I ended up practically living here. I made a living
as a German teacher, opened a German night school and met Amanda. We,
together with Jimmy and Carlos - the two heads of study - , set up ISLA in
At the end of the 90's I worked at Salamanca University's Translation
Faculty. In 2002 I moved to Barcelona (we set up another language school
there) to return 7 years later. I enjoyed Barcelona a lot but over time got
tired of living between two cities. and of how expensive and big it was; I
really appreciate those little things that make for such great quality of
life in a smaller city and the fact there is always someone to talk to.
Apart from running ISLA I still teach at the University from time to time and
Summer is high season at ISLA so Amanda and I go away on holiday in the
winter. My favourite countries are Namibia and Brazil. In my freetime I
enjoy compiling Cd's or music lists on Spotify, I'm a fan of social media
networks . and I still go out quite a lot! I also make wine (so if you come
you can try some). Although I know that football amounts to little more
than 22 people running after a ball and that the richer the team, the more
the trophies, I still "waste" a fair amount of time watching it. ISLA is the main sponsor of a team of amateur footballers in the Bars and Cafes League.
I like working at ISLA because there are people from every continent and of
all ages and helping them to learn a language is a satisfying job. Even
after all these years I still enjoy taking them for tapas or on an excursion
to places they wouldn't otherwise find.
I hope to meet you at ISLA one day.