Instituto Hispania was incepted to remove language barriers, promote a global understanding and bridge gaps between continents. The Founder and Director, Laura Benito, noticed back in 1997 that India strongly needed a space where local citizens could expand their horizon through Spanish language, as well as Spanish speaking people would come together to contribute and give something back to this country by promoting interculturality. In those terms, Instituto Hispania’s methodology revolves around personal and professional growth for all, academic and intellectual advancement, promoting intercultural understanding and respect. 5 Cities, 8 Locations, 25 Classrooms and a team of around 130 people located all over India, are always prepared and willing to assist with all the required guidance for the students. So far more than 50,000 of them have become proficient Spanish speakers in the past 20 years. Our teachers, managers and counselors are very passionate about Spanish language and this organisation's mission and vision, hence, Instituto Hispania values every single contribution that comes along with their scope of work, building itself from the ground up.
Ms. Laura Benito Herraiz, Founder and Director General, born in Spain, after working and interacting with many diplomatic missions in India, detected the urge and need for Spanish language and culture diffusion, as it would give all the Indian citizens a larger scope of work on a long-term vision, as well as connect them to the growing community of Spanish speaking non-residents that visit India. This visionary and creative understanding of the idea of growth in a world where change has accelerated to higher levels, has driven her to the creation of Instituto Hispania.
With a Master’s Degree in Psychology (Education) from the Universidad Complutense in Spain and M. Phil Degree in Education from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Ms. Laura Benito has all the expertise and more than 20 years of experience in providing the best professional solutions based on case-to-case vocational consultancy and counselling
Mr. Augustine K. Mathew, President and founding member, has contributed greatly in bringing cultural ethos, philosophy and practical requirements affecting the creation of policies, suitable for the students of the Indian subcontinent. His gentle approach in life has impacted positively throughout the years while training and empowering the academic personnel, as well as conducting language courses to advance-level students.
Born and brought up in India, Mr. Augustine gives Instituto Hispania a real outlook of Indians reality and their needs in terms of the academic and professional world. His vast understanding about the need for Spanish speakers in the country arises from more than 20 years of expertise in the field of tourism. The urge to learn Spanish was influenced by the rich Spanish literature that, from childhood, he was familiar with. He holds a post-graduation in Spanish Philology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and has over 12 years of experience in the teaching field.
Instituto Hispania Teacher’s Team includes native Spanish speakers and Indian teachers as well, all assigned to the students according to the needs and proficiency they have to attain. The native-speakers come from Spain and different parts of the Latin American continent, providing through our methodology, a very wide cultural background for the students to learn and interact in many interesting ways. Most of our Indian local teachers are recruited by the Institute on the basis of their excellent communicative proficiency and outstanding performance in an international Spanish qualification. Both profiles have some teaching experience and go through a rigorous training programme to attain a thorough understanding of the needs of the Indian student and deliver teaching quality in each class.
Everyone at Instituto Hispania, irrespective of their designation and duties, is willing and prepared to provide guidance and solutions to all people's vocational needs and enquiries. Commitment and responsibility are the key values found in all members of our teams across India, who are always working on the improvement and development of the organisation.