We believe that people like to know who they are dealing with. To this end we would like to introduce ourselves and our company.
ISLS, the Institute for Spanish Language Studies was founded in 1992 by two brothers, Hugh and Dana Garrison. We are in the business of representing Spanish language schools in all of Latin America and Spain, but specialize in Costa Rica and Panama. During the last 15 years we have helped to teach more than 10,000 students Spanish.
Hugh Garrison and his wife Sonia are located in Tamarindo, Costa Rica and they run our school in that location. Hugh has been living full time in Costa Rica since 1999 and between them they have over 30 years experience teaching Spanish as a second language.
Dana Garrison along with his wife Marjo are located in Albuquerque, NM. Dana’s responsibilities are for marketing and promoting our schools and services. He is the person you will deal with most when signing up for a program. Marjo helps out part time and deals mainly with confirmations and helping students before they depart. Marjo is also a flight attendant for United Airlines. Dana lived full time in Costa Rica from 1995 through 1998. He and Marjo are also the main counselors for our Summer Youth Spanish Camps.
Kiersten Garrison along with her husband Clark are located in Los Angeles, California. Kiersten has been working with ISLS since 1997. She has recently cut back to part time in order to more fully devote her time to her real vocation, which is sign language interpreting for the local school district.
Francini Salas is our San Jose office manager and her husband Carlos Cambronero is our driver. Francini and Carlos have been with ISLS since 1999. Francini is the person that students will most identify with the Student Guesthouse as that is her main responsibility. Carlos takes care of all of our Airport pick ups and drop offs in San Jose, so he is the first person many students see when visiting Costa Rica. They are both native Ticos, but lived in the US for eight years in the Boston area.
Angel Garcia is Dana’s assistant and helps with the new students and confirmations. She has been with ISLS for 2 years.
We also have many other people in the US and abroad that are involved in helping ISLS be the most comprehensive Spanish language abroad service anywhere. Each summer we have former students intern with us in our San Jose office, giving them the opportunity to live and work in another country.
If you would like to learn more about who we are, how we started and all of our different services please check out the following articles. We believe that it is only fair that since we want to know you that you know who we are as well. It is always nice to have a face to go along with that voice on the phone or person on the other end of that e-mail.