Dr. Juan Carlos Ortiz-Ordóñez (ELC Director)
Juan Carlos is our host and guide. He’s based in Ubrique, where he was born and raised before spending years in the USA pursuing his high school and university studies and earning his PhD from the University of North Carolina. He has extensive experience hosting and guiding groups from around Europe and the US on tours in Spain (leading his first group in Spain when he was still a high school student), and he has also led students studying English at ELC on many trips abroad.
During our time together, he’ll share his broad knowledge of Spain’s rich culture and history. He’ll also ensure that our guests experience the authentic Mediterranean lifestyle, which he proudly promotes, as he educates travelers on everything from famous Spanish dishes, exceptional wines, cheeses and other local products, and also encourages us to slow down and enjoy each other’s company during meals, a tradition that he strives to preserve.