Spanish American Institute of International Education - SAIIE - Faculty Testimonials

This was my first experience with SAIIE and I definitely hope not the last!!

Viterbo

I was part of a faculty-led study abroad group from Viterbo University that traveled to Sevilla, Spain from May 16- June 2nd.  This was my first experience with SAIIE and I definitely hope not the last!!  SAIIE was an exceptional institute to work with – they are amazing.  Our trip went without a hitch and it was due to their planning and preparations.  SAIIE arranged all accommodations for our students with host families in Sevilla.  Viterbo University faculty grouped the students based on their ability to speak Spanish so that there was at least one student who had a good ability to understand and speak the language in each home and SAIIE provided excellent, vetted families for our students to stay with.  SAIIE also arranged for an apartment for the two faculty leaders to share during the trip. 

Upon our arrival, we were met at the airport by two SAIIE members and accompanied on public transportation to the city center and each student group, along with faculty, were personally met by their host senora or accompanied to their home.  All day trips (Ronda and Cordoba) and the overnight trip to Grenada were arranged by SAIIE and the transportation was via private bus.  SAIIE staff accompanied us on each trip and also arranged for knowledgeable professional tour guides at each site for our group.    Upon arrival to Sevilla, all students and faculty were also presented with a folder that contained not only a highlighted map for walking directions from their specific home to the institute and meeting places, but also a personal booklet that contained housing details, calendar of activities, and miscellaneous information such as the public transportation, medical information, rules and regulations, etc. SAIIE provided an orientation for the students the evening of our arrival and also a welcome dinner.

Our students worked with students from Instituto Heliopolis to learn some cooking and also to plan a presentation for a group of middle school students and also worked with athletes from Club Nautico. When city buses needed to be utilized to get to these sites, we were always accompanied by SAIIE staff and the buses were paid for by SAIIE.

We could not have asked for better on-site logistics and support.  WOW – we didn’t have to do anything!!  All on-site logistics were taken care of by SAIIE.  We had work space at the institute for the students, a welcome meal was provided for us and meals for students were provided during the week (through noon on Friday) by their host families.  We could not have asked for a better experience!!  All transportation and logistics like tour guides, were provided and was exceptional!!

We had a student who needed medical attention and SAIIE staff was ready to accompany faculty and student to urgent care. They didn’t hesitate to drop everything they were doing to help out.

I cannot say enough about our time in Sevilla thanks to SAIIE.  They went above and beyond to make certain our students were provided with the best possible experience and were so willing and able to honor last minute requests and provide us with all that we could ask for – from arranging the experiences required to meet our course objectives to the “optional” evening activities to the day trips!!  THANKS SAIIE – you are wonderful and experts at what you do.

Karen Gibson
Professor/Chair,
Nutrition and Dietetics
Viterbo University – May 2018

"All on-site logistics were taken care of by SAIIE and we could not have asked for a better experience!!"

Maria morgan2We were met by two members of SAIIE at the Sevilla airport upon arrival who escorted via public transportation to our housing. From arrival to completion of the course SAIIE ensure that we had a stress-free and outstanding experience. All transportation and logistics like tour guides and housing, were provided and was exceptional!! SAIIE even added an additional day trip after our arrival at the request of faculty and students. They were flexible and accommodating at every step of the course. SAIIE coordinated and organized all of the student learning experiences with Club Nautico, Lora Tomayo and Heliopolis. Our students meet with Spanish athletes at Club Nautico for a series of interviews about their dietary intake and to provide nutritional guidance to improve their sports performance. Our students also had the opportunity to work in the kitchen with Heliopolis students to learn how to prepare traditional Spanish dishes. Our students and the Heliopolis students had a blast and when they were done everyone got to sample the dishes they had prepared, delicious! Lastly, our students worked with the Heliopolis students to prepare a cooking demonstration on the health benefits of traditional Spanish dishes for the Lora Tomayo students. The experiences SAIIE setup with Club Nautico, Lora Tomayo and Heliopolis were outstanding and unforgettable for our students. We cannot express enough our complete satisfaction with SAIIE!!  They thought of everything and provided excellent customer service for this program.

Maria Morgan-Bathke
Assistant Professor,
Nutrition and Dietetics
Viterbo University – May 2018

 

"We’ve had the very good fortune to work with SAIIE for the past six years."

Carletonnew

Because of their creative, thoughtful vision, their professional, organized, and accessible team, and their tireless work on our behalf, Carleton College enjoyed two fantastic faculty led experiences in Sevilla.  We are excited to continue relying on SAIIE to make our future programs in Spain so successful.  From home stays, to excursions, to service projects to the day-to-day details, what truly sets SAIIE apart is their personal attention to our students and their remarkable ability to connect our group with Sevillian life and culture!  At every step of the process, we’ve been incredibly impressed with every facet of their organization and we know our next group of students is going to benefit from their exceptional service and over 30 years of study abroad experience! 

Robert Carlson
Associate Professor of Physical Education / Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Carleton College – Spring 2016

“From the minute we arrived we felt in safe hands and hardly had to worry about a thing…”

BobSAIIE’s custom-made programs consider your specific needs, are flexible, and well-organized. The SAIIE staff did a fantastic job organizing our program for us. From the minute we arrived we felt in safe hands and hardly had to worry about a thing as it was all taken care of. They organized a sports camp for the students to teach a variety of American sports to the Spanish kids which was great and our students really loved teaching the kids and building relationships with them all whilst learning about a different culture. The SAIIE staff worked non-stop to provide every service and request for our program. I would highly recommend anyone thinking about organizing a faculty led program in Spain to do it with SAIIE!

Robert Carlson
Associate Professor of Physical Education / Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Carleton College – Spring 2014