After graduating from Kirkland College, Paula Eberhart K’78 received a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship to study at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires. She has called Argentina home ever since.
Eberhart spent four years in the country’s capital while she completed her graduate thesis, danced in nationally renowned companies, and met her husband. They then settled in the city of Monte Caseros, where Paula was approached by students interested in learning English. She became a teacher through the Asociación Argentina de Cultura Inglesa, the country’s largest nonprofit English teaching institute, before opening a school of her own.
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That school, known as the Cultural Inglesa de Monte Caseros, has been thriving. Educating more than 150 students a year, these extracurricular English immersion courses are offered at all levels to all ages. Her students are well-equipped for success and have gone on to become doctors, engineers, translators, and English professors. Two of her former students have even returned to Monte Caseros after careers teaching English in the United States and are currently teachers at the school.
Eberhart has also founded community choirs in Monte Caseros and incorporates movement exercises in both her choirs and her classes. “Music and dance form the heartbeat of my life’s work,” she says.