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August 2016 - Stuart Worley

Strikingly committed to his Spanish studies, Stuart has been a mainstay in his classes at Tierra since starting out in Beginner 1 in early 2014. An avid traveler, he was originally motivated to learn Spanish by journeys to South America and recently returned from an exciting trip to Ecuador and Peru. Stuart’s wide range of interests and talents have him wearing many hats including retired engineer, musician who plays the french horn, accomplished amatuer photographer, and helicopter pilot among others! As a student of Spanish, he’s a kind and enthusiastic classmate who always makes the effort to go beyond the task assigned to do research or extend the activity in a way that helps him to deepen his educational experience. We’re grateful for Stuart’s continued dedication to learning Spanish and look forward to continuing to see his skills flourish!

Name: Stuart Worley
Occupation: Retired engineer
Time Studying at Tierra: Since February 2014

1) Why are you studying Spanish?

"There are several reasons why I am studying Spanish. What got me started was an upcoming trip to Chile and Patagonia and I wanted to be able to get around on my on. When I saw that almost everyone I met spoke at least a little English I decided to challenge myself to return the favor. But, mainly, I want to continue studying Spanish because it is fun!"

2) What is your favorite part about your experience here at Tierra?

"I have been really impressed with the skill and patience of my instructors. They are dedicated to the task and make it fun for everyone in the groups. Also, it has been interesting to meet the other students and learn why they’re studying Spanish and to share our progress."

3) Can you tell us of a time you have been able to use what you have learned studying here?

"This May I spent two weeks in Ecuador and Peru on an REI Adventures tour. During the tour we had bilingual guides, but the couple of days before and after the tour I was on my on. I was proud that I was able to use my Spanish skills to communicate and get around. I found that as long as I was trying to communicate in Spanish those whom I was dealing with were very helpful and encouraging. I can’t wait to go back again."

¡Felicidades Stuart!