In 2014, two of my friends approached me about learning Spanish. They were headed to Costa Rica, and didn’t want to perpetuate the traditional ‘Ugly American’ stereotype: gun-slinging, cowboy-hat wearing, ‘Merica! type. They wanted me to give them a foundation to work with–introductions, greetings, how to form a question, etc. Ever the party planner, I proposed a Latin-inspired meal accompanied with Argentinean and Spanish wines. A date was agreed upon, with several more friends joining. At the time, I was working as a medical interpreter and cultural competency coordinator. I was tutoring students in the area for Spanish, and working as a server part-time on the weekends. On paper, things were good. I was using my degree in Spanish in a creative way. I was starting what seemed like a promising career. I had stability. What I didn’t have was the fire. The passion. I had always imagined an exciting, adventurous life, and deep inside, something was telling me that this wasn’t for me.
My Costa-Rica bound amigos opened their home to us, the wine was poured (several times over) and the Spanish speaking began. As I looked around the table at my friends laughing, enjoying food, wine, and the language I love, it hit me. This was what made me happy. And that feeling was worth being chased. I had inadvertently stumbled upon a dream. Thus, an idea was born, and I quit my job to form the Take-Home Tutor, a complete immersion-based experience into the Spanish language and culture through food, wine, and speaking.
And that’s what I hope to achieve with the Take-Home Tutor. Today, people are craving more than material things. They crave experiences. I wholeheartedly agree. Through the Take-Home Tutor, I strive to create a one-of-a-kind experience that you can share with your friends and family, with the three things I am are most passionate about: food and drink, culture, and the human connection.