• About Me

    About me: teacher of Camino Spanish

María Vázquez

Founder and teacher
of Camino Spanish

     As a child, growing up in Santiago de Compostela in the 1980s, I was fascinated with the ‘peregrinos’, arriving on foot to my city at the end of their Camino. Back then there were few pilgrims, they spoke foreign languages and filled the ancient streets of my hometown with vibrant colour. In fact, I can attribute a significant part of who I am to those formative years in Santiago — my love for travel, learning languages, and getting to know people from all around the world.

     I first discovered my passion for teaching Spanish during college, when I worked as a volunteer teaching new immigrants. It was an incredibly enriching experience, and after that I was hooked. I have since worked in the United States (1997-1998) and France (2011-2015) as a Spanish teacher in both university as well as secondary school. I have also worked as a translator and a journalist at El País, the leading national newspaper here in Spain, as well as other various media outlets in Spain and in Mexico.

     Since I have returned to Santiago, I have met with many people who have done the Camino. I have learned about their experiences as non-native Spanish speakers — the lack of practical language they felt they had, their frustrations in communicating (as well as many joys!), and tools in language that they wished they had had. Out of these conversations I got the idea to start Camino Spanish, the first online Spanish school created to fulfill the specific needs of those who want to do the Camino.

María Vázquez

Founder and teacher
of Camino Spanish

     As a child, growing up in Santiago de Compostela in the 1980s, I was fascinated with the ‘peregrinos’, arriving on foot to my city at the end of their Camino. Back then there were few pilgrims, they spoke foreign languages and filled the ancient streets of my hometown with vibrant colour. In fact, I can attribute a significant part of who I am to those formative years in Santiago — my love for travel, learning languages, and getting to know people from all around the world.

     I first discovered my passion for teaching Spanish during college, when I worked as a volunteer teaching new immigrants. It was an incredibly enriching experience, and after that I was hooked. I have since worked in the United States (1997-1998) and France (2011-2015) as a Spanish teacher in both university as well as secondary school. I have also worked as a translator and a journalist at El País, the leading national newspaper here in Spain, as well as other various media outlets in Spain and in Mexico.

     Since I have returned to Santiago, I have met with many people who have done the Camino. I have learned about their experiences as non-native Spanish speakers — the lack of practical language they felt they had, their frustrations in communicating (as well as many joys!), and tools in language that they wished they had had. Out of these conversations I got the idea to start Camino Spanish, the first online Spanish school created to fulfill the specific needs of those who want to do the Camino.