Interview with Mitzila Vega, Habla Ya’s Academic Director

📢 We declared a 🚨 CLIMATE AND ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY. ⏳ LEARN WHY HERE...

🔥 SYSTEM ERROR!!! 🔥

🙃 Get up to a 60% DISCOUNT OFF ONLINE PRIVATE LESSONS or up to a 40% OFF ONLINE GROUP LESSONS when you submit your payment by TUESDAY AUGUST 31ST
CLAIM HERE!

Or find out more about ONLINE SPANISH LESSONS HERE...

JUMP TO blog post titled:
"Interview with Mitzila Vega, Habla Ya’s Academic Director".

Search our blog about all things Panama! From must dos, where to party or eat, to which beaches and hiking trails you shouldn't miss, in our blog you'll find great insider info about Bocas del Toro, Panama City and Boquete, as well as Panamanian culture, customs and traditions, and certainly tips and advice for learning Spanish! We've been writing about all things Panama for over 15 years and nothing beats local knowledge from the locals themselves.


🔥 SYSTEM ERROR!!! 🔥

🙃 Get up to a 60% DISCOUNT OFF ONLINE PRIVATE LESSONS or up to a 40% OFF ONLINE GROUP LESSONS when you submit your payment by TUESDAY AUGUST 31ST
CLAIM HERE!

Or find out more about ONLINE SPANISH LESSONS HERE...

🦠 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we're currently only offering ✅ Online Spanish Lessons and ✅ Spanish classes in a TRAVELING CLASSROOM instead of at the school, delivering a teacher directly to you in a COVID safe way wherever you are, be it your hotel, home, park, on tour, at the beach or in any other place where social distancing is comfortably and safely possible. CONTACT US TODAY!

🌎 FOR THE LOVE OF OUR BLUE PLANET AND ALL LIVING THINGS:
🙏 PLEASE 🛑 DON'T ✈ FLY TO LEARN SPANISH... LEARN SPANISH ONLINE!


🚨 On October 7th 2020 we declared a CLIMATE AND ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY because we're facing an 😱 existential threat as Planet Earth is on track for a 🌡4°C increase in average global temperatures by the end of this century, which means 💀 BILLIONS OF HUMANS DYING along the way if we don't CHANGE COURSE NOW!

🌱 LEARN WHY HERE...

🤔 So instead of 🛫 flying to learn Spanish 🛬 — it's not really essential travel, specially in the midst of the ongoing 😷 COVID-19 PANDEMIC — pumping even more C02 into the atmosphere that will end up crashing our common home, impacting countries in the tropics first, 🎧 LEARN SPANISH ONLINE 💻 from the comfort, convenience and safety of your office or home!

📍 If you do find yourself in the vicinity of any of our locations — 🌄 Boquete, ⛱ Bocas del Toro and 🌇 Panama City — we'd love to have your as our student. CONTACT US AND MAKE IT HAPPEN...
Travel to us in eco-friendly ways and get automatic access to a 👯 50% DISCOUNT!!!

🚦 Now... do you want to do something about the Climate and Ecological Crisis?
GO HERE FOR INSPIRATION...

🙏 And finally one last plea to help us ensure a just transition for our staff and Spanish teachers: please don't fly to learn Spanish because you can do it online without destroying our future as there's no Planet B regardless of what Elon Musk wants you to believe; besides dreaming of Mars, he also wants you to buy electrical cars as if that's the solution to this Planetary Crisis... spoiler alert: it's not!

💚 SIGN UP AND REGISTER FOR ONLINE SPANISH LESSONS!

Interview with Mitzila Vega, Habla Ya’s Academic Director

Posted by |


Here at Habla Ya, we've always believed in promoting from within. We generally recruit fresh out of university, looking for individuals who strive for excellence, in whom we see the potential to grow into the leaders who'll keep us on the path of being Latin America's most prestigious network of Spanish schools.

Habla Ya's teachers and staff is what separates us from the rest.

Mitzila, our current Academic Director for Habla Ya Boquete, definitively fits the above description, so we decided to interview her and give you a better idea about some of the faces that you'll encounter when you join us, and to also inspire the newer members of our family.

Mitzi (right), with two of her students at Mi Jardin es su Jardin, in Boquete, Panama
Mitzi (right), with two of her students at Mi Jardin es su Jardin, in Boquete, Panama

Mitzila, please tell us about yourself.

I'm 34 years old and I'm married with one child. We live in David. I'm currently back in school to get my master’s degree. I've been with Habla Ya for 6 years now. I'm a trained to teach Spanish as a foreign language. As an Habla Ya teacher, I conduct private classes, group classes, and online classes. I love getting to know new places and learning more about the world through the news and current events. I really enjoy reading books as well!

How did you get connected with Habla Ya?

I learned about an opportunity at Habla Ya through another professor who told me that they needed new teachers. I applied, was interviewed, and got the position. The interview process was difficult because there were many questions and also an exam to determine your command of the Spanish language in really complex topics. I really needed to showcase my familiarity and domain of the language.

What role do you play in the organization? What does a typical day of work look like for you?

I am the Academic Director for Boquete and support our Academic department in Bocas too, as well as still being a Spanish teacher. On a daily basis, I have to reply to many emails, organize the classes for students as well as the teachers’ schedules, and provide assistance to students that need to make changes. I am also the person the professors turn to to resolve any issues in their classes. I am the point of contact for the Instituto Cervantes as well. They are in charge of our accreditation as a Spanish school. I also help organize training for the professors to gain new skills.

Posted by Habla Ya Spanish Schools on Thursday, June 12, 2014

How does your academic background and professional experience help you ensure international students enjoy their time with Habla Ya?

My academic background provided me with many courses on how to teach Spanish as a foreign language. It remains beneficial because we were taught how to conduct classes that are both fun and dynamic so that students enjoy themselves while learning.

What makes Panama an incredible place for language study abroad?

The first reason that Panama is a great place to study Spanish is that it is a place with a very cosmopolitan population with nationalities, religions, races and customs from all over the world. It is also a place where you have access to many different vacation opportunities. If you like the beach, you can go to beach... but we also have the mountains, the city, etc. This is important because it ensures that students learn in a place where they feel comfortable and that they're having a great time. You learn much faster when you're having a blast. Panama provides the opportunity to be in contact with the people and their environment, and also to use what you’ve learned outside of the classroom. The Panamanians are very open and welcoming to foreigners, making it even more likely that people will feel comfortable here.

Posted by Habla Ya Spanish Schools on Friday, March 14, 2014

How is Habla Ya different from other Spanish language schools?

Habla Ya is different because we are focused on ensuring that students learn in way that is interactive, fun, and sustainable. We seek that everything that you learn is functional and that you learn and develop your language skills in a way that feels natural to you so that you can use what you learn outside of the classroom immediately. This is what "functional" means: that you can use the language as opposed to just memorizing grammar contents.

Our mission also inspires us to really help people experience Panama and go back home feeling like they've had the most epic trip of their lives. It fills our hearts with joy and pride when students tell us that their trip to Panama has been the happiest time of their lives. When you're able to touch people from all over the world like that, you know you're part of something special.

What is the most unique thing about studying Spanish at Habla Ya in your opinion?

All of our professors are professionally certified to teach Spanish as a foreign language. They have all been trained as specialists to make the learning process enjoyable. We have all been certified by the Instituto Cervantes and our school is accredited. We are also one of the few places in Panama where you can take the DELE exam to certify your Spanish proficiency level. You can take it at any of our 3 Spanish schools now.

Posted by Mitzila Vega on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

How do you help students adapt to life in Panama?

To help new students adapt, I provide them with useful phrases for daily use, explain to them what life is like in Panama, and give them a background on our culture. We also provide activities to help them understand Panama and the area they’re in. For this reason, our classes are also conducted in the outdoors at times so that we can connect them to their new community and surroundings.

What is your best piece of cultural advice for individuals contemplating attending Habla Ya?

My advice would be to get to know Panamanian people. Participate in the activities the school provides and your host family’s activities as well, if you have one. Once you gain that cultural understanding of who the Panamanian people are, you have the opportunity to truly enjoy and get to know the beauty of Panama and its sites. You really can't say that you know a language if you don't know the culture because at the end of the day, you won't be able to effectively communicate with people in that culture and you might even end up offending them and be misunderstood.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy everything. I love teaching our language and getting to know people from around the world. I love the satisfaction that comes from fulfilling our students' and my colleagues' needs, and the environment in which I work. It can be stressful at times, but that’s part of the job!

Espero que regreses pronto.

Posted by Mitzila Vega on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I have an student online named Estela and she is outstanding. She has been studying with me for 2 years online as well as our schools in Bocas and Boquete. She started at the B1 level and is now in the C1/C2 level. We primarily work on conversation classes so that she can practice Spanish and maintain her fluency even though she lives in United States. We’ve become very good friends and can talk about anything throughout her learning experience.

Do you have any goals for 2016?

My objective every year is to help the school grow and work to achieve international acclaim as the best Spanish school in the world! Obviously we have specific goals and this year, our school in Panama City just became a DELE Examination Center, and I helped a lot with that, and we're working hard to renovate our textbooks, and keep our teachers' training up to date.

¡MUCHAS GRACIAS, Mitzi por tomarte el tiempo de contarme sobre nuestra Escuela Habla Ya en Boquete!

MEET THE TEAM AT HABLA YA SPANISH SCHOOLS... »

Comments






BE THE FIRST to get updates about Contests, News and Discounts!



Search our blog if you're visiting Panama! From must do's, where to party or eat, to which beaches and hiking trails you shouldn't miss, you'll find great insider info about Bocas del Toro, Panama City and Boquete, as well as Panamanian culture, customs and traditions, and certainly tips and advice for learning Spanish while in our country! We've been writing about all things Panama for over 10 years and nothing beats local knowledge from the locals themselves.


You can follow any responses to this entry through the. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


About You
 
 
 
 
Your comment
 
 
Please put a check mark before hitting submit to confirm you're a human (and wait for green tick to appear).