Our Directors & Staff

All of our onsite directors are bilingual & bicultural and are available our students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The onsite directors will be your program leader and will be there to lead and guide you during your study abroad experience. Our programs also have assistant directors that help manage the programs, especially during our excursions and cultural activities. Our directors are usually host-country nationals with cross-cultural experience. All of our directors have experience working with groups and have international experience (travel and work) and have studied abroad themselves as students.

  • Ena Aguilar

    Ena Aguilar was born in Mexico City and has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology and a Master's degree in Political Studies from the UNAM in Mexico City. When she finished high ...

    Ena Aguilar was born in Mexico City and has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology and a Master's degree in Political Studies from the UNAM in Mexico City. When she finished high school, she spent a year at Rockford College in Illinois learning English as a Second Language. After her year in the US, she dedicated time to travel. She visited several countries where she found a profound appreciation and respect for the pluricultural world we live in. After her travels, Ena was selected as a student assistant for an anthropological research project at CIESAS (Social Anthropology Research Center) in Oaxaca where she discovered the incredible diversity expressed in her native Mexico. Oaxaca became an extraordinary place for her great curiosity of peoples and cultures. As part of this project, she traveled around Oaxaca state gaining a true understanding of the complexity of a multi-cultural country. Oaxaca is a place where 16 indigenous groups still coexist and the communities have kept not only their unique traditions and languages but they have also protected and preserved the second largest forest in Mexico. Ena has worked as director at civil organizations and has extensive knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural environment of Oaxaca. One of the things Ena most values is the creativity brought to her from a pluricultural and multidisciplinary team or work group. Ena worked at the Oaxaca Design Center where she had the opportunity to travel and live for few days in many different villages around Oaxaca state at the homes of the artisans. They shared their food, families, work and their magical or special places with her. Sometimes her teenaged daughter, Daniela, took the opportunity to go with her on these amazing adventures. In her free time, Ena practices meditation and Neijia, an antique martial arts form based on the understanding of our body and its internal energy for improved better health (similar to yoga). She loves hiking, traveling and horseback riding. You will enjoy having Ena as one of your directors. She looks forward to sharing all of the special things about Oaxaca and its cultures with you!
    Email: ena@soleducation.com
    University Attended: National Autonomous University of Mexico
    Year Graduated: 1996
    Languages Spoken: Spanish

  • Eva Verardo

    Eva is originally from Venice, Italy. Since she was very young her dream has been to explore new and far away places. Whenever she could she would grab her backpack and leave for new adventu...

    Eva is originally from Venice, Italy. Since she was very young her dream has been to explore new and far away places. Whenever she could she would grab her backpack and leave for new adventures. She spent her senior year (1992) at Millville High School in Pennsylvania as an AFS exchange student and lived with an American host family. In college, she studied Communication Science at the University of Trieste, in Italy, and spent a year abroad (1999) as an Erasmus student at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, where she improved her Spanish language skills. During her university years, Eva spent all her holidays traveling and volunteering in different countries such as Australia, India, and East Africa (Mali, Burkina Faso). Soon after graduating from university (2001) she spent 6 months in Costa Rica working as the Volunteer Coordinator for a local Environmental NGO and was in charge of student volunteers for three projects: a sustainable farm project, a turtle conservation program and bird migration research. As a Volunteer Coordinator she helped organize the projects and arranged the homestays with local Costa Rican families. All of these amazing travel experiences put Eva in contact with important issues such as forest conservation, indigenous rights, poverty, environmental degradation, etc. and led her to study a Master’s degree at the University of Sussex in the UK on Environment Development and Policy (2003) to learn more about sustainability and natural resource management. After completing her Master’s degree, she left Europe to get more field experience in developing countries and landed in Oaxaca City (2003) where she worked as Communication Specialist for a local NGO dealing with water quality issues. More recently, as part of fulfilling her dream of exploration, she spent almost a year (2011) leading an expedition with four adventurers and discovered a new overland route from coast to coast crossing the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca (all by foot!). While living in Oaxaca she has improved her film skills through learning participatory video techniques as new way to film documentaries. This is a method that directly involves the local community in the whole filming process. She has organized participatory video workshops with young people in many indigenous villages. Through participatory video she has come in close contact with an extraordinary variety of cultures, environments, traditions, foods, and handicrafts that characterize the state of Oaxaca. She also worked as participatory video facilitator with groups of young community members in rural villages in Asia (2009, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Southern India). Another passion of Eva’s is yoga and meditation and she recently became a certified Hatha Yoga teacher (2013)! Eva loves enjoys working with young people and sharing with them all that Oaxaca has to offer. She looks forward to welcoming you to the adventure and fascination of Oaxaca!
    Email: eva@soleducation.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008295710804
    University Attended: University of Trieste (Trieste, Italy)
    Year Graduated: 2004
    Languages Spoken: Spanish, Italian

  • Sergio "Yeyo" Beltrán

    Sergio Beltrán Arruti, better known as Yeyo, was born and raised in México City. He moved to Oaxaca in 1997 to support and learn from indigenous communities. Yeyo is co-founder of the Univ...

    Sergio Beltrán Arruti, better known as Yeyo, was born and raised in México City. He moved to Oaxaca in 1997 to support and learn from indigenous communities. Yeyo is co-founder of the Universidad de la Tierra (Unitierra) and Herramientas para el Buen Vivir, AC. Through his work in the non-profit sector he has developed a deep respect for the capacity people have to make a good life (el buen vivir) for themselves when they are able to freely take responsibility for their own communities. Since 1999, Yeyo has been involved in the design and facilitation of study abroad programs and learning journeys in Oaxaca and Chiapas for several universities, foundations and NGOs. He studied Latin American Studies at Mexico’s national university, UNAM. From 2004 to 2005 he was a grantee of the UNESCO program Search and Research. In 2010 Yeyo was part of the pioneering team of the Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations in Spanish, and has hosted and organized multiple intercultural encounters around the world using these tools for dialogue. Sergio is a fierce spiritual warrior who stands for peace, and for the rights and capacities of people everywhere! Currently, he is focusing his efforts on encouraging people to take responsibility for their own garbage and helping people to recover the capacity to create the future they want to live in. You will find Yeyo to not only be a great director with you in Oaxaca but also an inspiration. Yeyo looks forward to welcoming you to Oaxaca and helping you get the most out of this incredibly special experience!
    Email: sergio@soleducation.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mexbeltran
    University Attended: National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico)
    Year Graduated: 1999
    Languages Spoken: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Tagalog, Polish, Korean, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Japanese, Greek, Arabic, Hindi (Urdu), Russian, Yiddish, Thai, Persian, French Creole