Emilia Farías

Hi! My name is Emilia Farías, but everybody calls me 'Emi', and I'm 24 years old.  I'm from a very particular town in Northeast Uruguay that shares a peculiar border with a Brazilian city where both sides share their culture and their languages Spanish and Portuguese merged into a unique dialect called ‘portuñol'.  I began my studies to get my Teaching Certification in 2014, and in 2017, I graduated as an English As A Foreign Language Teacher. At the moment, I teach teenagers ages 12 to 16, and I love it. 

Due to my background, I've always been interested in different cultures and languages. My hobbies include reading, singing, and dancing. I love to make friends and I look forward to singing and dancing with you all even if it's via video calls. I'm delighted and grateful for the opportunity to study and work at Amherst College, and to share my culture with all of you.

Emilia Farías

Kevin Mafla

Hi! As you might see my full name is really long, so I usually go by just Kevin and my first surname. I am 23 years old. I graduated last year with a bachelor’s in English Studies from the University of Alcalá de Henares—hometown of Miguel de Cervantes and alma mater of historical Spanish figures such as Francisco de Quevedo, Lope de Vega and Calderón de la Barca—and I graduated again this year from the same institution with a bachelor’s in Modern Languages and Translation. I hope I can start a PhD in Linguistics soon as I plan on becoming a professor in the future.

I am from a little city called Rivas-Vaciamadrid, which is 10 miles away from the city center of Madrid. I was actually born in Cali, Colombia, but I was brought up here since I was 4 years old. So, I am, let’s say, bicultural with a clear prevalence of the Spanish culture. My hobbies include playing the guitar, listening to music, reading,  and travelling as much as I can—this led me to do my year abroad in college in England—I have been already to the U.S. before, but there is a lot to see and learn in this diverse and multicultural country. I am excited to be this year part of Amherst College as well as being able to share my culture and my language with you all.

Kevin Mafla

Carlos Pech Guzmán

Hello everyone! My name is Carlos Edgar Pech Guzmán. I am 25 years old. I was born and raised in Mérida city, located in the northwest part of the state of Yucatán, which occupies the northern portion of The Yucatán Peninsula. You have probably heard that the Yucatán peninsula is home to North America’s largest indigenous population (the Mayans), to Chichén Itzá, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, or to the Chicxulub crater after the asteroid that could have had wiped out dinosaurs in the Cretaceous; yes, it is all of that and so much more.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language Teaching from the Autonomous University of Yucatán. I have been teaching English as a foreign language to learners of all ages, from children to adults and university students, for the past three years. I also have some experience teaching Spanish to foreigners and advanced Spanish to Spanish speaking high-school students. My next academic step is to study a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics or in Spanish as a foreign language. One of my present pastimes is to dance. I really enjoy imitating choreographies of my favorite dancers. My hobbies include learning Maya, reading, and doing some exercise.

I feel very honored to study and work at Amherst College, having the opportunity to be an ambassador of the Mexican culture. 

Carlos Pech Guzmán