Sandra, or “Choqui,” holds a licentiate degree in special education from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso and is pursuing a master’s degree in education with a focus on community-based education. Choqui began working with SIT as a Spanish instructor in 1993 and has been the Spanish program coordinator since 2000, developing innovative language learning approaches. She served as interim academic coordinator twice in past semesters when she led the northern Chile excursion. She also has coordinated the program’s homestay component. Choqui also has taught foreign students in local Chilean universities, conducted SIT language teacher trainings in several Latin American countries, and worked for several years at a local NGO assisting at-risk youth and their families.