“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.” – Anthony Bourdain
Stephanie Vargas is a Mexican language teacher and traveler. She started learning English when she was a teenager and since then, has never stopped. She realized that languages, particularly English, give people different perspectives and ways to see, think, and appreciate people around the world. Therefore, at a young age, Stephanie decided to become a language teacher. She teaches English and Spanish at private and public schools in Mexico City.
At 20 years old, Stephanie had the opportunity to travel to Europe. After having spoken with people from different countries using either English or Spanish, she realized that languages and traveling were her “tools” to see the world. She received a scholarship to go to the US three years later. There, she would prove her English proficiency with native speakers. When she got back from her trip she knew that she would never stop learning the language.
Stephanie majored in teaching English at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the most important university in Mexico. She has taught English as a foreign language mainly to teenagers and young adults. She has also taught Spanish as a second language to the Chinese community at the private school where she works. Sometimes, Stephanie forgets why she is a teacher, but when she sees her students’ progress, she immediately remembers why she loves her job.