A letter from Guillermo & Amanda
As a young married couple, we have always wanted to open an agency that makes your dreams of studying abroad a reality. After all, we met each other while living abroad in Spain. I (Amanda) had been teaching in Michigan and decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Madrid. At this time, Guillermo, now my husband, had already been living in Madrid for a few years after moving from his hometown of Campeche, Mexico to earn his Master’s degree as well. It wasn’t until I was aiding in a bilingual high school and Guillermo was working for a media corporation that we finally met. We played tennis, ate tapas, and fell in love over a bowl of fondue in Switzerland. Later, we decided to get married and settle in the beautiful state of Michigan.
Our years in Spain were some of the best of our lives; not just because we met and fell in love, but because of how much we grew. When you live abroad and really immerse yourself in the culture, growth is inevitable. You make new friends who think and act differently than what you are used to. You feel awkward yet exhilarated speaking another language, redefining your identity. You become an explorer, taking in the sounds, smells, and tastes of an unfamiliar place. You are constantly growing and learning, whether you are in the classroom or not. Everyday is an adventure.
As the founders and owners of EdConnect, we could not imagine a better way to spend our life. We get to create this adventure for you and with you! Just as we flourished in Spain, our desire is for you to grow and thrive in Michigan. We want you to have the best year of your life studying abroad with EdConnect. We know that there will be challenges; we’ve been there. We have lived abroad, after all. We have learned another language and we have been host parents to students from China and Mexico. We love it all and we know that you will, too.
Looking forward to getting to know you!
Amanda and Guillermo
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