Always professional and always smiling

Discover a little more about our La Janda family as they share their favourite Tapas and Spanish expressions.

Eli Galindo

Eli Galindo

Profesora de Español

the most important aspect of teaching for me is that the students can communicate. For this reason, my classes are always a mix of grammar for real life situations to use during conversation.

Eli Galindo

Profesora de Español

Eli is the youngest of the six children of the Galindo family. She has always had a passion for teaching and studied “Pedagogy” for 5 years at the University of Seville.

A true Española she loves to talk and show people around her village, Vejer de la Frontera. Eli is extremely knowledgeable about local traditions and Spanish culture and especially enjoys spending time with the students of La Janda in real life situations such as her favorite activity ‘Ruta de Tapas’.

Classes with Eli are interactive, progressive and extremely fun. She has a special gift for making complex grammar subjects easy to grasp and instantly used within conversation.

For Eli, teaching Spanish is not a job, it is a pleasure.

Favourite Spanish Expression:  “Más vale tarde que nunca”

Favourite Tapas from the Cádiz region:  Boquerones en vinagre

“This has always been my favorite tapas, since I was a little girl. They remind me of my parents when I was younger, the beach, holidays, weekends and my village Vejer. They are really easy to make and you can eat as many as you like!”

Favorite film: El Cartero de Pablo Neruda. A film set in Italy in the 50’s, Eli loves this film because it was the first time she discovered her passion for Spanish history and a desire to know more.

María José Gómez Vidal

María José Gómez Vidal

Profesora de Español

I love watching the evolution of every student during their time in class, from a simple Hola to a complete sentence in only a few days is so rewarding and makes me love teaching Spanish more and more every day

María José Gómez Vidal

Profesora de Español

Maria-Jose is the oldest of two and like her La Janda colleagues, she loves to welcome people from all over the world to her beautiful village of Vejer.

Over the past 13 years she has had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of international students at La Janda and especially loves welcoming her students back to La Janda.

Maria-Jose studied at the University of Cadiz, studied Humanities. She has a brilliant sense of humor, a true Andalucian Maria-Jose loves to bring the humor out of her students by creating a balance of Spanish grammar with real life conversations and an endless supply of Spanish jokes.

The most important aspect to teaching for Mari-Jose is that her students feel relaxed and evolve every day.

Favourite Spanish expression: “Eramos pocos y pario la abuela”

Favourite Tapas from the Cádiz regions: Tortillita de Camarones – “this is one of the most typical tapas of Cadiz and I love them. I always feel like I’m close to the beach when I eat them.”

Favoruite Album: “Ismael Serrano” – singer songwriter from Spain, his lyrics tell stories of the moment that I can relate to and his voice is divine.

Mari Galindo

Mari Galindo

Directora de Administración

Every student that walks through the door is greeted with a big warm smile from Mari and made to feel instantly part of the family.

Mari Galindo

Directora de Administración

Mari is the oldest of the 6 children from the Galindo family and with 3 children of her own she is a natural when it comes to looking after others. Born in Cadiz Mari moved to Valencia at the age of 1 with her parents. Growing up she visited Vejer during the holidays and it was Mari’s dream to dance Sevillana and return to her beloved birth place. At 14 years of age this dream came true as her family now including 5 other siblings returned to Vejer de la Frontera.

Mari and her children Vanessa, Emilio and Nicolás have been part of the school for more than 10 years.

It’s because of Mari that you will be guaranteed an absolutely stress free experience at La Janda. She also loves to share her family traditions with the students in the school kitchen with regular cooking sessions. You can also find Mari’s favorite recipes every week on our Facebook page.

Favourite Spanish Expression: “llevarse el gato al agua”

Favourite Tapas from the Cádiz region: Ensaladilla rusa – “I love this salad in summer with a small beer it’s a perfect tapa and extremely refreshing. I’ve never met anyone that doesn’t love this salad, especially my children!”

Favourite book of all time: “I love to read and this question for me is very difficult. But if I have to choose my favorite book is by Spanish author Antonio Gala, titled “El Manuscrito Carmesí”. This book taught me so much about the Arabic culture and tradititions. I loved learning about the history of The Alhambra and the last Moro King, every aspect of the story is fascinating and I highly reccomend this book to everyone”

Yousef El Khatib

Yousef El Khatib

Student Co-ordinator

Yousef El Khatib

Student Co-ordinator

Born in Jerusalem, Yousef discovered Vejer over 8 years ago and hasn’t looked back! He is married to a beautiful Madrileña, speaks 3 languages and loves to spend time gardening.

Yousef joined the La Janda team in the summer of 2013 and along with Mari will be here to welcome you to make sure your time at La Janda is stress free and rewarding.

Favourite Spanish Expression: “de perdidos al río”

Favourite Tapas from the Cádiz Region: Tortilla española

Recommended Film: ¨Esperando la carroza¨ A film from Argentina this is a really fast paced and funny film.