New Costa Rica Surf Camp Program Coordinator
Posted by Jack Albritton on February 19, 2015
We are very pleased to introduce our recently new Costa Rica surf camp program coordinator Ehab. Ehab, like our previous 4 program coordinators, came to the School of the World as a student initially. The timing was perfect as Maureen, our most recent program coordinator, was ready to move on to new adventures. Ehab had the skills, the personality and just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
It has really created a good vibe at School of the World having former students fill this position. Hannah, Galit, Kara and Maureen all were great ambassadors of School of the World and Costa Rica to hundreds of students visiting from all over the world. We expect nothing but the same and even more from Ehab. So with no further buildup, let’s hear his story.
What originally drew you to come to the SOTW?
I’ve wanted to learn Spanish and surfing for a long time now, and I had heard a lot about the natural beauty and good surf of Costa Rica. So when SOTW came up on top of my “surf and Spanish Costa Rica“ Google search, I checked out the website and was sold right away. I’d didn’t even look any further, booked 8 weeks at the School and was here a month later (beginning of October).
Tell us a bit about your previous background
I’m 38 years old, my parents are originally from Sudan, but we were born and raised in Dubai. After completing high school in Dubai, I moved to Montreal and lived there for 9 years, first university and then working. Then 2 years in the south of France for my MBA after which I moved to Germany, where I’ve been living for the last 10 years (Munich).
I understand you speak multiple languages. That should come in handy. How many exactly do you speak?
Arabic and English are my native languages, German (fluent), French (good) and Spanish (still learning!)
What is your favorite aspect of the job so far?
The very warm, friendly, fun and informal work atmosphere, more like being part of a family rather than a business. I also really enjoy meeting new people and making new friends every week and being able to practice my Spanish and surf every day!
What is your impression of Costa Rica?
Great country: warm and friendly locals, tropical climate, good food, great surf, slower pace of life, rich colors, natural beauty and abundant wildlife…Simply PURA VIDA, my kind of lifestyle!
What is your favorite thing about SOTW?
My favorite thing about SOTW is I love how the “learning vacation” concept has been put into practice so well here, creating a friendly, cozy, informal learning atmosphere and a perfect blend between home and school. The staff is amazing, the house is beautiful, it lives and breathes, and for many (including myself) it’s a home away from home. There’s such good energy flowing through here…it truly is a magical place!
It has been a pleasure getting to know Ehab. The School of the World is proud of our family here and we know he will be a great addition to the Costa Rica surf camp team. For more information about surfing in Costa Rica please check our Surf Programs.