The BeginningAt age 29, AmeriSpan's Co-Founder and President, John Slocum, and future business partner, Dorioara Pinku, ignored the advice of friends and family and took off to Latin America to study Spanish. During their 4-1/2 month trip, Slocum and Pinku noticed that the region was full of private language institutes offering affordable Spanish instruction. Surprisingly, the majority of students were not young co-eds but were lawyers, doctors, professionals and retirees interested in learning Spanish as quickly as possible. Moreover, the majority of participants were from Western Europe. The two realized that Spanish language travel programs were largely undiscovered in the USA at the time.
Anxious to bring their knowledge of this kind of specialty travel to North America, Slocum and Pinku wrote out the first draft of a business plan on the beach in a small town north of Rio de Janeiro. Upon returning to the USA in January of 1993, they began a company temporarily called "Study Programs" to market Latin American language programs to travelers of all ages. In March of 1993, the company was incorporated and by then the official name and identity had been created, "AmeriSpan -- The Bridge Between Cultures."
TodaySince the very first student was sent in the spring of 1993, AmeriSpan has evolved from offering three Spanish schools in Latin America to offering over 15 languages in more than 45 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Africa. After nearly 20 strong years in the business, we are reinventing ourselves in many ways and making even more exciting changes. We launched our new and improved website providing more resources and program information then ever before. Our continued vision of offering "Every Language, Every Culture, Everywhere" has expanded our reach and variety of programs specialized for healthcare, education, academic, volunteer and internships and other professional development areas. Along with worldwide summer camps and junior immersion programs for teenagers, we offer a wealth of "Language and Fun" programs for those interested in adding classes in cooking, art, sailing, dance, history, culture and more to their language immersion programs.
So why do so many choose to study with AmeriSpan? Our staff members are the best, most experienced and knowledgeable consultants around! We make it a point to help each of our customers from program selection to travel to their return to the US. We know how it feels to be in the customers’ shoes because we have participated in the programs we offer, have learned the languages just like you, have lived abroad and continue to travel extensively. We also offer the best guarantee in the business. We are flexible and do our best to meet your schedule, interests and needs.
Our international partners have also recognized the evolution of our growing business and dedication to our customers. AmeriSpan Study Abroad was the proud nominee for the LTM Star Award now for four years in a row! In both 2009 and 2010 our organization was excited to receive the prestigious star award for the Best Agency North America.
In celebration our nearly 20 years in business and the LTM Star Awards, we continue to offer more specials than ever before! Our knowledgeable staff is also collecting their favorite locations according to certain themes. If you don’t know where to start looking, we recommend starting with our Top 15 lists!
Tomorrow"Every Language, Every Culture, Everywhere" is our goal, but we aren’t there yet! We are continually expanding our program and language offerings. Over the coming years, we’ll be adding more languages, expanding our College Study Abroad programs, improving academic credit offerings -- as well as continuing to pursue our commitment to refining and improving the programs we currently offer.
As you browse our site, keep an eye out for new options such as Budget-Friendly choices, more lodging options and expanded academic credit offerings. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know! We love hearing about what people want from us. It helps us ensure that we are expanding in ways interesting for our participants and we truly want to offer you exactly what you want. Don’t forget to check our travel dates to see if we will be coming to visit a college or university, high school, office or conference center near you! We love meeting both past and future participants!
AmeriSpan’s #1 goal is to do our best to serve you, the customer. Our Philadelphia office is open 8-10 hours per day, Monday through Friday to serve you via phone, chat or email. There’s a lot of information out there, and we can help you sort through it. We look forward to working with you soon!