Nicole García is Assistant Director for the Office of International Education. She came to the College from an international education foundation in Boston in 2007, becoming OIE’s first Summer Programs Assistant and Coordinator for Harvard Summer School’s faculty-led programs abroad, and later OIE’s first Program Coordinator. Over the summer of 2010 and 2011 she worked for the DRCLAS Brazil Office in São Paulo supporting the Public Policy Internship Program and in January 2012 she served as a resident intern for undergraduates from Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay participating in the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders at Wheelock College. In January 2014 she traveled to Lima, Peru, working with faculty to administer the DRCLAS Language, Culture, Gastronomy and Community Service Winter Break Program.
Four years of study and work in Latin America and Spain influenced Nicole’s decision to pursue a career in international education. Her introduction to Spanish (and Quechua!) came as a Rotary International Exchange student in Ibarra, Ecuador, as a high school student living with a local host family. Subsequent summers saw Nicole back in Ecuador, and for her junior year of college she studied in both Chile and Spain. With her BA in Spanish and Philosophy from the University of Rochester in hand, she returned to Spain and Ecuador for two years of graduate study and work as an ESL instructor. She earned an MA in Hispanic Linguistics, a Latin American Studies Certificate and TESOL certification from the University of Pittsburgh before moving to Boston.
A former coxswain, Nicole now goes sailing on the Charles, speaks Spanish, dabbles in Portuguese and Italian, and goes abroad whenever she can.