Program Directors

Program Directors are previous volunteers who return to LE's programs to teach alongside volunteers. They are responsible for leading volunteers in country and planning the logistics of our programs throughout the year. Learn more about who they are and how to contact them!

Meet your Program Director, Aurora Khatibi Garrity

Aurora is now in her second year with Learning Enterprises. A junior at the University of California, Berkeley, Aurora is pursuing a double major in Psychology, and Conservation and Resource Studies, with an interest in management and entrepreneurship. She began as a volunteer teacher in Brazil, where she quickly fell in love with the compassionate and kind community of Valinhos and Campinas. She is driven to foster inspiration for English learning in her classrooms and teach through creative, inspiring methods. Playing on her artistic background, she created lesson plans on topics such as outdoor field sketching, beatboxing and rap performance, and obviously American slang! She now returns as the Brazil Program Director, where she is grateful to facilitate the valuable cross-cultural connection and exchange between volunteers and students. She is excited to guide the volunteer cohort in their exploration, growth and journey to lifelong connections. In her free time, she loves to Persian dance, sing, mediate, snowboard, and bike!

Interested applicants can contact Aurora at brazil@learningenterprises.org.


Meet your Program Director, Madelyn York

Madelyn York is a recent graduate of the University of North Florida where she studied Marketing and Management. Madelyn volunteered with Learning enterprises the summer of 2023 at the Croatia location in Koprivnica and Biograd. After an incredible summer, she is excited to return as Program Director for the year 2023/2024. After spending the summer in Croatia, she is excited to help other volunteers have just as amazing of an experience teaching English and experiencing the culture.

Interested applicants can contact Madelyn at croatia@learningenterprises.org.


MONGOLIA

Meet your Program Director, Tirza Waroux

Tirza is a senior at Leiden University majoring in both International Studies and China Studies with a minor in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. She was born and raised in Gelderland, the largest province of the Netherlands. Tirza served as a volunteer in Thailand during PY22 and she loved getting to know her students, hosts, and fellow volunteers. She is interested in cross-cultural exchange, language learning, and teaching, and she believes that volunteering with Learning Enterprises is a unique and valuable experience for everyone. Tirza feels very honored and excited to return to LE as the Mongolia Program Director during PY24 and she looks forward to guiding an amazing group of passionate and driven volunteers to bring the program back to Mongolia!

Interested applicants can contact Tirza at mongolia@learningenterprises.org.


Meet your Program Director, Erin Schaal

Erin earned her M.Ed from the University of Maryland and is in her ninth year of teaching elementary education. She began her career with the goal to nurture confident problem solvers by utilizing strengths-based approaches. Since then, she has been able to expand on that goal by mentoring intern teachers and leading teacher training programs in Malaysia, adhering to the same positive, holistic philosophy that she uses in the classroom. It has been hugely fulfilling to see how these practices can uplift children, adults, and entire communities; and she hopes that in her role as Program Director in Panama, she’ll be able to facilitate an equally rewarding experience for all involved. 


Meet your Program Director, Grace Talty

Grace Talty is in her second year at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Global Studies, and specializing in European and Russian Societies and Cultures. She is also minoring in Public Policy. Grace was a volunteer with LE summer ’23 in Poland. After an incredible month learning about Polish culture, teaching, and spending time with locals and her students, she is extremely excited to return to LE as the Poland Program Director. Grace aims to create a unique, organized, and memorable experience for future LE volunteers, in line with promoting LE’s mission.

Interested applicants can contact Grace at poland@learningenterprises.org.


Meet your Program Director, Kinga

Kinga was born in Oradea, Romania. She studied at the Partium Christian University in order to become a social worker. She graduated in 2007. Later she moved to Budapest, Hungary, and she is working in a dubbing studio as an assistant director and translator.

In 2004, Kinga started to work as a volunteer for International Children’s Safety Service in Oradea, and that’s where she first heard about Learning Enterprises and met the first LE volunteers in Romania. Next year she became the Country Coordinator in Romania. She knew when she took the position that the job would be a real challenge, but she didn’t realize it would be such an amazing and pleasant experience.

Since LE Romania has not returned since the pandemic, Kinga will take on the additional responsibility of PD in order to bring back this program with hopefully many more years to come!

Interested applicants can contact Kinga at romania@learningenterprises.org.