Founder – Travel Junkie – Lover of Life and Dogs
I came to Medellin thinking I’d only stay for a few days. Two months later I went back to the United States, quit my job as a TV producer, and moved to Medellin to start Blink Spanish with my favorite Spanish teacher, Emanuel Samir Caro. Learning Spanish absolutely changed my life. It rewired my brain, opened my mind, and enriched my life in ways I can not explain. When studying I started having vivid memories of my childhood – a part of my brain that had been stagnant was awakened… truly a gift. Beyond that I cherish Colombia, Colombian culture, and admittedly Colombian women. My gorgeous girlfriend, Ms. Diana Rose can often be spotted at the Blink house and is the gifted graphic designer behind our logo. I am living my dream journey and am here (and humbled to be) a part of yours.
EMANUEL SAMIR CARO
Founding Professor – Curator of Curriculum – Bad Ass Guitarist
Emanuel is our lead professor and cultivator of curriculum. Emanuel graduated from The University of Antioquia (the best in Medellin and maybe Colombia) with a degree in language and teaching. Emanuel has years of experience teaching Spanish to foreigners, and loves every minute helping others as they dive into the adventure of learning Spanish.
“I want you to think of me as much more than a Spanish teacher, I am a gatekeeper to the lost parts of your brain. Together we will open and reprogram your mind. It’s an empowering journey and I am nothing more than a guide eager to show you the path. You will quickly understand that Blink is much more than just ‘learning’. Your brain will hurt, your curiosity will awaken, and you will take away one of life’s greatest gifts – communication. Beyond that, unlike a lot of other schools we think learning NEEDS to be a fun process, and I’m good at fun.
KATHERINE GARCIA VILLANUEVA
Founding Member – General Manager – Free Spirit
Katherine is our do everything, make-everything-work, help-you-with-everthing Super Woman. She has teaching experience, is a graphic designer, and has managed both Spanish schools and hostels. She also has cool hair, and can tell you where to get ink’ed should you want to inject ink into your blood-stream. Most importantly, as a founding member of the Blink team, she is truly passionate about our mission of offering you a one-in-a-kind learning experience.
“I take pride in giving you the best possible environment and tools to learn. I don’t work at Blink because it’s a job, I do it because I want to, it’s fun, and what we do is real. It won’t look like work, feel like school, and the hostel is above and beyond just a hostel. I want blink to be a home where you discovered the gift of language, and a place you will always remember.”
Kisses – Kisses – More Kisses
Gavin just arrived to Medellin this year and is still learning Spanish. He lost his junk as a puppy but still loves the Colombian ‘Perras’ and could sniff butts all day if allowed. In the school, Gavin only works part time because of his old age, and is tasked with giving emotional support to our many students who miss their own pets back home. He sits, speaks, kisses, and shakes on-demand and is always happy to eat dog-safe foods that you can’t finish.
“I love my dad, and I love people, but I think I love the people who have food the most. I will lick your face if you rub my belly. I’m a very good boy. I don’t understand the concept of clothes, people are strange. Sausage is delicious. When my dad leaves the house, he’s probably at the park. I can’t believe that bastard is at the park while I’m in the office working like a dog. I’ll get over it, because hey, I can lick my butt and privates whenever I want.”
Natalia Cardozo - "Pollito"
Pollito is our receptionist and the Girl Scout of our team. We say she’s a Girl Scout because – well, she’s a Girl Scout. That means she’s a problem solver and has the attitude to do whatever is needed in the school. For you, that means, she’s going to do whatever is necessary to make your stay and experience ‘asombroso’. Need a taxi, tour, or toothbrush? She’s your girl!
Pollito lived in Canada for 1.5 years and speaks really good English. She would like to study language and translation at the renowned University of Antioquia, and with this job we’re trying to get her there. Her nickname, ‘Pollito’, comes from her chicken dancing abilities and the fact that she’s the youngest on our team.
Magda is amazing. She cooks, cleans, runs our reception, and much more. What’s better, everything she does kind of kick-ass and awesome. Her food is amazing, her attitude about life is amazing, her organization… amazing. Magda is also responsible for a large portion of the writing on our walls because it just so happened that when we started writing on the walls her handwriting was just a little bit more… awesome than the rest. We like to call her ‘la estrella’ (the star), because she is absolutely a star, always shines brightly, and makes the days for all of our guests a little bit better.
Kisses – Kisses – More Kisses
Luz is actually her nickname, and ‘luz’ means light. It’s clear how she earned that nickname because she brings a positive attitude to everything she does. In the school Luz is here to help you with anything you need; she cooks, cleans, and runs our laundry. Luz doesn’t speak much English, but is excited to be learning as she interacts with all of our amazing guests.