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Sobrevida Communications is a full-service, international communications company for the Americas. We understand the importance of excellent verbal and digital communications abilities for individuals, companies and organizations to reach their international goals. Our focus is on client satisfaction and excellent results in English & Spanish learning, Spanish to English translations and digital marketing.

 

Our staff and partners have over 20 years of language teaching and international business experience in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Our language teachers are native speakers with professional backgrounds to engage and enhance the learning process for our students. 

Justin Halladay, MBA

President & Founder

English Program Director

English Teacher

Bogotá, Colombia

English Teaching & Communication Experience

  • TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certified: Oxford Seminars, 2013 

  • Five years of English teaching experience in Colombia, Brazil, Russia, Spain and the USA. Created lesson plans to teach English as a foreign language to students and business professionals. 100% of students achieved their English learning goals and went on to study at highly respected universities in the USA, including the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Miami.

 

International & Corporate Communications

  • Ten years of experience managing international and corporate communications for Cleveland Clinic, Project Béisbol and Sobrevida Communications. Managed English to Spanish translation projects as well as digital internal communication platforms for both organizations.

International Business & Digital Marketing Experience

International Business

  • Community Relations & International Operations: Developed relations with communities in the USA and seven Latin American countries to benefit more than 1,400 children through Project Béisbol. Developed broad understanding with international cultures, languages, governments and business environments.

Digital Marketing

  • Extensive digital marketing experience with Cleveland Clinic and Project Béisbol, including website development & management, Search Engine Optimization and Pay Per Click campaign management.

  • Managed content and navigation for both clevelandclinicflorida.org & projectbeisbol.org. Led SEO improvements and achievement of 250% increase in website visits to clevelandclinicflorida.org.

Education

  • TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification (International English Teaching Certification), Oxford Seminars, 2013.

  • Master of Business Administration (International Business), Florida Atlantic University, 2006. Study program in Brazil.

  • Bachelor of Arts (International Studies), West Virginia University, 2000. Study programs in Spain and Cuba.

  • Masters Certificate (Internet Marketing), University of San Francisco, 2010.

 

Javier Barbosa

Operations Manager

English Teacher

Bogotá, Colombia

Summary of Qualifications

  • 3 Years of management experience with Sobrevida

  • Emphasis on Sustainable Management practices

  • 3 Years of English teaching & translation experience
     

Nancy Amado, MA

Communications and

Spanish Program Manager

Bogotá, Colombia

Summary of Qualifications

  • M.A & B.A. in Political Science from Universidad de Los Andes

  • More than 8 years of experience in strategic communications for Oil & Gas companies

  • Experience in Content Marketing, social media and web development

  • Volunteer with youth programs

Andrea Castillo, MA

Academic Coordinator

& English Teacher

Bogotá, Colombia

Summary of Qualifications

  • CELTA Certified

  • B.A. in Political Science and International Relations

  • M.A in Immigration Rights

  • Years of experience teaching children, youth, and adults of all levels in Germany, Spain and the USA

  • Experience with translation and interpretation

  • Voluntary work with internal displaced persons and refugees
     

Isabela Samper

Spanish Teacher

Bogotá, Colombia

Summary of Qualifications

  • Six years of experience as an SFL (Spanish as a Foreign Language)

  • Diploma in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language

  • Fluent in Spanish, English and French

  • Master Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (in-progress)

  • International and remote community teaching experience (Canadian, Brazilian and Amazon classrooms)

Davi Briggs

English Teacher

Bogotá, Colombia

Summary of Qualifications

  • TEFL Certified

  • International English teaching experience in: Korea, Spain, Costa Rica and Ecuador

  • M.A. in Sustainable Solutions and B.A. in International Relations

  • Fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Keith Atkinson
English and French Teacher

Bogotá, Colombia

Summary of Qualifications

  • CELTA Certified - Cambridge 

  • More than 8 years teaching English

  • More than 22 years of experience in international business

  • CII Certificate (Oxford) in Business Finance, Sales & Marketing 

  • Other Languages: Advanced German language certificate at Mainz University, Germany. Italian language course at Perugia University, Italy 

Talesha Mohammed

English & French Teacher

Bogotá, Colombia

Summary of Qualifications

  • B.A. in Foreign Languages: emphasis in Spanish and French. 

  • Translator 

  • B.A. International Relations in progress

  • Interest: literature, poetry and communications.

Cady Voge

English Teacher

Bogotá, Colombia

Summary of Qualifications

  • 1 year volunteer English teaching experience at Project Beisbol adolescent programs in Colombia

  • B.S. in Community and Regional Development with a focus on Education

  • Served as the Program director of a global education non-profit based in DC for 5 years

  • Avid language learner: native English speaker, fluent in French and advanced in Spanish

  • Worked as a managing editor for a U.S. start-up online publication in Bogota

  • Freelance multimedia journalist

 Melanie Goble 

English Teacher

Bogotá, Colombia

Summary of Qualifications

  • TEFL certified

  • B.A. in English with TESOL emphasis

  • Two years of direct teaching experience volunteer ESL tutor and lead instructor in the USA, Japan, Brazil and Colombia

  • Specialization in TOEFL and IELTS exam preparation

  • Experience instructing students at all levels of English comprehension and tailoring course goals and materials according to individual needs

Daniel Guarín

Spanish Teacher

Bogotá, Colombia

Summary of Qualifications

  • B.A in Modern Languages (University of Quindio)

  • M.A in Applied Linguistics for Spanish as a Foreign Language (Pontifical Xavierian University) (2016 - 2017)

  • Diploma in History (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

  • Diploma in Pedagogy (SENA)

  • Literature lover: Short stories published in different magazines, Linguistic research published in journals, & A novel published in 2016

  • 5 Years of experience teaching languages, history and art.