Laura is the Founding Director of Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish School. She's lived in Costa Rica since 1993.
She was born in Switzerland and grew up in England. After completing high school, she achieved a BA in English Literature with a minor in Spanish from Skidmore College in New York. During her undergraduate studies, she studied a semester in Costa Rica.
After college, Laura volunteered with an NGO in Asia before returning to Costa Rica to live.
She's lived in Costa Rica almost continuously since 1993.
In addition to her undergraduate education, Laura has an MA in Cultural Anthropology from CUNY-Hunter and an RSA/CELTA Teaching Certification from International House Paris. She also has a post-graduate certificate in linguistics and translation from the Universidad Internacional de las Américas in Costa Rica.
She has done contract work and internships for NGOs in the United States, Nepal, Indonesia, and France, including Women in the Environment/USAID, the OECD, the UN and the Nature Conservancy.
These experiences informed her vision of providing programs that give back to the community and promote integrated & sustainable development opportunities for the local population.
In Costa Rica, she participates in conferences on Second Language Acquisition, Intercultural studies and Music and Cultural Identity in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica.
Laura speaks Spanish, English, French, German and Portuguese. She continues study and explore new cultures and languages.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, Latin dancing, hiking, bicycling, and surfing.
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