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CEA CAPA Madrid, Spain Directory

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Madrid, Spain Leadership

Silvia Martínez
Program Director, Madrid

Silvia Martínez ensures that all CEA CAPA standards are maintained in Madrid. Silvia oversees all educational programs, including short- and long-term program planning, products, and services, and maintains the financial plan for Madrid. She also manages student services, host institution relations, local vendor relations, program improvements, and staff.

Silvia was born in Cádiz, South of Spain, but has always had close contact with the American culture and the English language. She lived in a U.S. Naval Base for two years and has many relatives in the U.S. Silvia has studied and worked in Spain, England, and Canada in the fields of administration, tourism, and study abroad. She interned at an Irish Building Society in London and worked in a Canadian study abroad company leading groups of Spanish students in Toronto.

Before joining CEA CAPA in 2002, Silvia worked at the North American Universities and Institutions Centre at the University of Alcalá de Henares for two years.

She holds a degree in Tourism Management from the Univeristy of Alcalá. Silvia speaks Spanish and English fluently and has studied French and German for several years.

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Alicia de la Peña Portero
Academic Director, Madrid

Dr. Alicia de la Peña is the Director of Academic Affairs in the CEA CAPA Madrid Center. She is responsible for the administration and supervision of all academic aspects of Madrid programs including curriculum development, academic policies compliance, faculty training and students’ guidance. Alicia has worked in higher education for over 25 years, both as a professor and in different managing positions such as Director of Professional and International Projection and Director of Modern Languages Institute for Nebrija Univerity (Madrid) or Resident Program Coordinator for CIEE Madrid. She gained her doctorate in Education from Autónoma de Madrid University for her research on academic literacy, collaborative writing, and formative evaluation. Alicia’s educational background also includes two M.A. from Nebrija University, one in the Teaching of Spanish as a Second Language and another in Applied Linguistics, and a B.A. in English Philology from Autónoma de Madrid University. She was 10 years old when she had her first life-changing study abroad experience in Ireland; then Canada and US followed. Alicia strongly believes that experiencing different places and cultures is essential to gain global perspective, improve self-knowledge and foster personal and professional development.

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Madrid, Spain Team

Álvaro J. Sanjuán
Internship & Student Services Coordinator

Álvaro J. Sanjuán studied English Literature, History and Linguistics at University of Oviedo (Spain) and continued his studies on Applied Languages at Dublin City University (Ireland). After being an Art History professor in UNIPEC in Burgos (Spain) he worked as Web Manager and Community Manager until he began to collaborate for several years as a tour guide with CEA CAPA Madrid where, eventually, he became Student Services Advisor in 2016 and Internships Coordinator in 2022. Alongside his work, he has conducted research on the history of the LGTBQ+ community and authored a book titled "Grandes Maricas de la Historia," which was published by Penguin Random House in 2022. He loves arts, history, opera and classical music and also running and outdoor sports.

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Angi Díaz Pérez
Senior Housing Assistant

Prior to joining CEA CAPA, Angi worked in the tourism sector in different cities and countries, where she gained experience in the fields of housing and customer service. Angi holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism from the Universidad de Cádiz (Spain). She spent the last year of the degree studying in Portugal with the Erasmus Program. She also lived in Scotland for four years, where she learned English and had the chance to discover and learn from people from all over the world. She is a kind, friendly, and responsible person that loves travelling, nature, and outdoor sports.

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Dana Nutter
Student Services Assistant
Dana is a California-born Madrid resident of 18 years, and having gotten to know Madrid for the first time through a CEA CAPA program, is in a unique position to provide the best experience for students while sharing real-life tips on what it’s like to get adjusted to life in Spain. As a former language teacher and lifelong language learner, Dana hopes to motivate students to not be afraid to challenge themselves while they are studying abroad. Dana is married with two children and loves to cycle and travel. 
 
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Daniela A. Collazos Galindo
Program Assistant

Daniela Collazos is the Program Assitant in the CEA CAPA Madrid Center. Daniela performs all duties related to office services and provides informative documentation to guide and assist students to adapt and enjoy the city and the culture. She also assists in all aspects involved in the execution of students’ arrival, excursions, questions related to health matters, and cultural activities. Daniela gained her Master's degree in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico. Before moving to Spain, she spent her last 9 years living in Albuquerque, New Mexico as an international student, where 5 of those 9 years she worked at the UNM Global Education Office designing and implementing short-term programs for international students with multiple backgrounds, including indigenous students from Mexico and Fulbright Fellows from Argentina & Colombia.

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Marta Pacho Ásgeirsdóttir
Housing Coordinator

Marta’s role is to give housing accommodation to students, intermediate between providers and students, improve housing options, and follow up on students' housing experiences. Additionally, the Housing Department organizes activities within Madrid's neighborhoods to improve students' experiences, helping them to know more about the city and the culture. They also help other departments in carrying out cultural activities.

Marta has a degree in Art History from Universidad Complutense of Madrid. Her fields of interest are museums, cultural heritage, and architecture, fields in which she has specialized through various courses. She studied abroad two semesters, one in Denmark and one at Wesleyan University, where she performed the role of Teaching Assistant for a Spanish course. She also collaborated with study abroad programs from Dartmouth College. Born in Reykjavik and raised in Madrid, her identity is a mix of the two cultures: Spanish and Icelandic. She loves travelling, visiting museums, exploring cultural heritage and gastronomy, and practicing different sports, such as running.

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Miguel Barreiro
Senior Student Services Assistant

Miguel coordinates activities such as cooking classes, museums and official buildings visits, soccer games, flamenco shows and more, including trips to major cultural cities such as Sevilla or Toledo to ensure that students have a rich experience while in Madrid. Miguel is native to Madrid but worked and studied abroad in the United States for eight years. In those years he obtained a B.A. in International Relations and Sociology/Anthropology and studied abroad in Chile and Central America. During this time he learned the great impact studying abroad has for a students personal growth and development. His experiences abroad have motivated him to help others to have the possible experience abroad through.

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Victoria Pope
Academic and Career and Internship Coordinator
Victoria is a native of Athens, GA, and a graduate of the University of Georgia, from which she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Her spark for an abroad experience was lit in primary school when a student teacher taught her class French. From there, Victoria hoped to pursue a life that was outside of her hometown. In high school, she embarked on a study abroad adventure with her history class and served as a volunteer abroad in Cardiff, Wales, for two summers. After finishing her studies at UGA, Victoria taught English in South Korea for three years and learned some survival Korean. Later she moved to Madrid, a city she has called home away from home for the last five years. Through her international work she became interested in promoting global engagement at home as well as abroad with an overall hope of making global experiences more accessible for diverse populations. During her free time, Victoria can be found relaxing in a park and enjoying the company of friends she has come to call family in her new home. 
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