This week I interviewed Yahaira Campos, one of the professors at InterSpanish, who teaches classes for Road2Argentina students.
How long have you been a teacher?
I’ve been a teacher for seven years, five of which have been teaching Spanish to foreign students. Before that I was teaching grammar and literature to native Spanish-speakers.
Where are you from?
San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica! Although I was born in the countryside.
What did you study in school?
I studied Spanish Philology, which is sort of a combination of literature, linguistics and history of the Spanish language. It includes as an important part the study of the relationship between language and culture.
What do you like about teaching?
I enjoy teaching foreigners very much because it puts me in contact with a variety of cultures. It’s as if I am traveling the world without leaving my classroom.
What do you do outside of work? How do you spend your nights and weekends?
I try to be with my friends from Costa Rica as much as possible because some of them are leaving Buenos Aires soon and we don’t get to see each other due to busy schedules. I like to draw and design illustrations for publications. I play the guitar although I haven’t played live in front of audiences since I left Costa Rica.
Do you have any advice for those who want to come to Buenos Aires regarding the language or living here as a foreigner?
If you want to learn Spanish, you have to have a good time and have fun with the language while you learn. It can’t be torture. About the question of living here, get informed about the prices and the accommodation options. If possible, come with a friend you can count on, and if you have a friend here, get in contact with them!