Meet our team!
Chile Inside is a privately owned agency that promotes intercultural, linguistic and educational exchanges in Chile. We specialize in the organization of language courses, internships, volunteering, farm stays and working holidays. Since our foundation back in 2003 we have helped countless of people to realize their dream of spending a time in Chile.
Chile Inside is market leader when it comes to carrying our exchange programs in Chile. Programs like our popular Working Holiday / Work & Travel and Farm Stays have been introduced very successfully into the local market many years ago. Nowadays, these kinds of programs are part of the standard offerings.
Our team is composed by young, travel experienced and friendly professionals. We have travelled all over and know Chile like the back of our hands. We (almost) all have one in common - we are foreigners living in Chile and therefore can put ourselves in our clients' place. We understand their needs and concerns. Our long-standing experience and pronounced service-orientation is reflected in many satisfied clients from around the globe.
And, so that you know who is behind the name of Chile Inside, we are pleased to introduce our team:
Marion is German and came to Chile in 2002. Her plan was to stay for half a year, but as she got to know people and country, she decided to stay. In November 2003, Marion founded the agency Chile Inside and has since been managing it very successfully. Before her time in Chile and after completing her studies in Business and Finance, she worked as a financial advisor in Private Banking at Deutsche Bank. In parallel to her work as the founder of Chile Inside, Marion managed the Latin America business activities of a large American financial services company and got to know the whole of Latin America through many trips. She has also travelled to almost all European countries, Australia and parts of Asia and Africa. During 2009, she increasingly withdrew from her commitments in the financial sector and has since been putting all her efforts into Chile Inside in order to ensure continuous company growth and the development of further programs. Marion speaks German, Spanish and English fluently and also knows some French.
Julia was born in the south of Germany. During her school years, she learned English and Spanish as foreign languages which later on woke her interest in other cultures and countries. After her studies in international business she worked for several years in a multinational company with colleagues from all over the world. This was where she had her first contact to South America. Julia loves to travel and while on a trip to Chile she was fascinated by the stunning and beautiful landscape of the country, reason why she came back several times. Since May 2015 she supports our team in client support. Julia speaks German, English and Spanish.
Irene is from Germany and she loves travelling and exploring new countries and cultures. After finishing High School she lived a few months in Spain, this was where she discovered her interest and fascination for the Spanish language. During her studies of international communication and translation, she realized an internship in Chile. She liked the country and its people so much that she decided to return to Chile after ending her university. In September 2015 Irene started in Chile Inside as a trainee. Since February 2016 she is part of our the customer support team. Irene speaks German, English and Spanish.
Monika comes from the southern part of Germany. During her communication studies with specialization on Spanish, she developed her enthusiasm for foreign cultures and countries. Her first big trip took her to Mexico to explore the traces of the Aztec culture and since then she couldn’t let it go: A voluntary year in Costa Rica, a research trip to Nicaragua and last but not least an internship in Ecuador. Her passion for traveling never misses out, and lately took her into the yet unknown South of the continent, where she finally landed in Santiago de Chile. Travelling is for Monika not only a part of her life, but also a way of life itself. She has experience in the field of alternative tourism, communication, press and public relations in Latin America and supports Chile Inside since March 2016 in customer service. Monika is fluent in Spanish, English, German and also speaks some French.
Gala was born in Aachen, Germany and has a German mother and a Belgian father. She grew up in the German speaking region of Belgium. Due to the geographic convenient location she was confronted with the languages French and Dutch during her schooldays. Within her studies in Maastricht in the Netherlands she went on a 3 month trip to Santiago which was organized by Chile Inside. This stay abroad contributed to her decision to move to Chile after her graduation. The cultural differences, the lifestyle of Chileans and South America in general really fascinated her. Since she was very happy with the organization of Chile Inside, she decided to support the agency within the frame of an internship from September 2016 onwards. Since April 2017, she forms part of our staff and actively provides support in the areas of client service, front office and marketing. Gala speaks German, English, Spanish and French.
Anna was raised in Prague as a member of a bilingual Czech-German family. In her Master studies of International Cultural and Business studies in Passau (Germany), she learned a lot about interculturality in business environments and expatriate support. She also gained working experience in relocation management. Thanks to her volunteer work in the marketing department of an NGO in Brazil and several trips through Chile, she found her love for South American countries and its people. Anna speaks fluent German, English, Czech and Spanish.
Rahel is Swiss and started working with Chile Inside in March 2015. She travelled to Latin America for the first time in 2002 when she was participating in a volunteer project at an orphanage in Guatemala. Afterwards she decided to continue her travels which led her all the way to Argentina, where she stayed for a while and worked in a hostel. She has visited almost all the different countries where we offer programs and she has also participated in many volunteer projects in Europe. Therefore she knows the participants’ worries and concerns very well. After finishing her studies in History, Archeology and History of Arts in Zurich, she decided to emigrate to Chile, a country frequently visited by her in the last 10 years. Rahel speaks German, Spanish, English and French.
Esperanza is the only true Chilean in our team. She was born in the south of the country and has lived in many different Chilean cities. She came to Santiago – where she likes it a lot – to study engineering at the University of Andrés Bello. She has been able to gain lots of experience with foreign participants, as her family is one of our most loyal host families, and Esperanza has therefore already shared her home with many host siblings from all over the world. In February 2011, she obtained her university title and has been working at Chile Inside since July 2011. Esperanza supports us with the administration and organization of the stays in Chile. She enjoys meeting people from other countries and getting to know the world’s different cultures and learning from them. Due to her friendly personality and her unfailing good mood she is appreciated by colleagues and customers alike. She speaks Spanish and some English.
Denisse is a native Chilean from Santiago. She has always had interest in languages and from the College she had good grades in English. Therefore, she studied Bilingual Executive Assistant and has a Master in Business English. Denisse likes travelling and outdoor activities and participated in a scouts group. She likes animals and the good causes with positive impact on the world and its environment. She already has experience working with foreigners and therefore knows their different cultures and the different forms to get in contact with most of the people with different ways of life. She also knows a lot about her country of which she has informed herself and has lived different experiences. Denisse also knows a lot about the Chilean origins, the history and the strange Chilean forms of jargon and explains them to the rest of the people. She speaks Spanish and English.
Marco is Chilean and was born in the capital Santiago. He has a big family, is father of two kids and in love with his newly born granddaughter. Since April 2015, he is part of the Chile Inside Team and is in charge of finding the best accommodation for our clients in Chile. Previously he worked in Administration and Corporate Social Responsibility for different companies. He likes to work for Chile Inside as it gives him the opportunity to get in touch with other cultures, learn more about different people and ways of life, especially the German culture. Marco speaks Spanish.
Theresa is from the south of Germany and works for Chile Inside since October 2015. From childhood on she has been fascinated by the Latin American continent. In 2008 she travelled to Bolivia for the first time and was delighted by the nature and culture of this country. Therefore, she decided to come back to South America for an exchange year. This is how she arrived to the longest country of the world in 2010. After several visits, she moved to Chile in 2014 for an indefinite time. In Germany she already worked for an NGO managing campaigns and programs. In Chile Inside she is in charge of marketing and public relations. Theresa speaks German, English and Spanish.
Angélica is a native Chilean with a German father and a Chilean mother. At the age of 18 she immigrated to southern Germany, where she lived for 37 years. She started a family and completed training to become a multilingual secretary. During her life in Germany she worked for different German companies in the area of administration. In 2015 Angélica settled back to Chile after her two sons had finished their studies and had become established in their own working life. Since February 2017 Angélica works with Chile Inside as an assistant for the areas of client support and general management. She speaks German, Spanish and English.