Latin America Staff in Chile

Juan Pastene

Director and Course Coordinator and Instructor for the Writing for Linguistic and Cultural Competency Course
M.A., Communications, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Juan is Professor of Writing at Adolfo Ibañez University at Viña del Mar in the Journalism major. Furthermore, he teaches both a course and a workshop of Communication in the M.A. in Public Administration at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV). He has also worked for the Middlebury program in Chile since its beginnings as professor of the Writing for Linguistic and Cultural Competence course. He is a Spanish Teacher and Journalist from Playa Ancha University, where he began his academic career. He has obtained an M.A. in Communications from the PUCV, and has studied at SUNY-Plattsburgh and McGill University as well. Critical discourse analysis, transnationalism and hegemony are among Juan’s academic interests.

Lindsay Auger

Program Coordinator 

Lindsay is a Teacher of English as a second/foreign language, having graduated from Playa Ancha University of Educational Sciences in Valparaíso (UPLA). During her journey of becoming a teacher, she participated as an Exchange Student Tutor by guiding and assisting the arrival of international students coming from different countries to the Playa Ancha University. During this period, she had the chance to work with some students from the Middlebury program and met part of the School in Chile team. In the fall of 2014, she had the opportunity to live the exchange student experience herself by studying at Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada. Upon her return, she demonstrated even more interest in study abroad experiences, basing her thesis project on this topic. Currently, she works as Coordinator of International Affairs at the same University in which she studied.

Paulina Solís

Internship Coordinator and Student Support

Paulina serves as a consultant on environmental science. She studied the environment at the Federico Santa María Technical University (UTFSM). Her focus is on environmental management, sustainable development, and ecology, and her academic interests include climate and disaster resilience, indigenoues peoples and development, human rights and peacebuilding, and water governance. She also has specific expertise on biodiversity and the ecosystems of Chile. Paulina has had experience working as advisor on environmental management for projects of the Ministry of Environment of Chile, as technical advisor on sustainability projects and desertification for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and with partnerships on biodiversity in Chile for the Fauna & Flora International Organization of London. She also collaborates on environmental education projects for local social and environmental NGOs.

With the School in Chile, she primarily has contact with the students in Valparaíso and internships for the program

Cinthia Vásquez 

Instructor, Writing for Linguistic and Cultural Competence (Valparaíso)
M.A. Hispanic Literature, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Cinthia teachs Communication at the Universidad Tecnológica de Chile INACAP de Valparaíso and Literature at Universidad de las Américas (Viña del Mar) and la Universidad de Playa Ancha, where she studied. She is a professor of Writing at Middlebury School in Chile, where she has also guided independent research in the area of literature. Among her interests are grammar, analysis discourse, gender, and Spanish literature.

Roberto Casanova Seguel

Program Coordinator (Valdivia)
M.A. Education, Universidad Austral de Chile

Roberto is a Language and Communication Teacher with a Bachelor's Degree from the Universidad Austral de Chile. He also has a Master Degree in Education from the Universidad Austral de Chile. He currently teaches at the university level. His topics of interest include literacy, genre-based literacy and academic writing. He specializes in academic writing in his research and publications.

Maria Soledad Varela

Instructor, Writing for Linguistic and Cultural Competence (Valdivia)

María Soledad is a Language and Comunication Teacher with a Bachelor´s Degree in Hispanic American Literature and Linguistics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She had the opportunity to live the exchange student experience herself by studying at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently teaches both at secondary and university levels. Her interest include reading, writting, literatura, liguistics, academic writting, cinema, sports and culture.