JYS has two separate offices, one at Sweet Briar College in Virginia and one in Seville, each in charge of different aspects of the program but working together to ensure the success of our students.
JYS in Virginia
The JYS central office is at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. From this idyllic location, three JYS employees coordinate all of the administrative aspects involving recruitment, application, and alumni relations.
Giulia V.C. Witcombe, Director
Giulia Witcombe is the Director of the Junior Year in Spain program at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She is an alumna of the program and returned twice as the student assistant for orientation. After receiving her B.A. from Dickinson College, Giulia worked as a bilingual adviser for an international company for many years. She returned to Sweet Briar as the Study Abroad Coordinator for both the Junior Year in France and Junior Year in Spain program before beginning her Master’s in International Education with the SIT Graduate Institute. In July 2013, she returned to Sweet Briar as the Director of Junior Year in Spain. You can find her at either the JYS Office in Virginia or the JYS Office in Seville.
Toni Hudson, Assistant to the Director
Toni has been at JYS since 2003. You may never meet Toni, but she is the person you will talk to when you call the office. She does just about everything that needs to be done in the office from assisting with recruiting, processing applications, passport and visa issues, billing, processing transcripts to answering all of the numerous questions via phone or email. She is currently working on locating all of our alumni.
She is a native of Virginia and loves the mountains. She has been married for 25 years and has two wonderful children and a golden retriever. She spends all of her extra time with her family. She loves photography and jeeping.
Gina Caruso, Study Abroad Coordinator
Gina is in charge of recruiting and marketing strategies for both JYS and JYF (Junior Year in France), but also helps out with all other aspects of the program. She is a longtime language learner, and studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence and La Rochelle, France. Gina earned a Master’s degree in French from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 2012. She is currently trying to improve her speaking abilities in Spanish.
JYS in Seville
The JYS office in Seville coordinates all academic and administrative aspects involving current students.
Sandra Soto Delgado, Resident Director
Sandra is in charge of all the academic aspects of the program while students are in Seville: advising, academic support, and relations with the University of Seville. Sandra has a licenciatura in English Language and Literature from the University of Seville and is working towards her Ph.D. in US Literature. She was an exchange student at Sweet Briar College in 2001-2002. Sandra loves traveling. Her first trip was to the UK, which she financed by working as a clown.
María José Villalba Carmona, Office Manager
María Jose is in charge of virtually everything that takes place in Seville, from arranging the group trips to helping students find the nearest post office to taking photos. If you ever need anything in Seville and don’t know who to ask for help, go to María Jose. When she’s not in the office (or on a JYS trip) María Jose is likely to be found hiking: she is very proud to have hiked to the highest peak of each Andalusian province.
María Martínez Carmona, Student Services Coordinator
María helps students with housing and medical issues. She also accompanies students on most JYS visits. María has a licenciatura in English Language and Literature from the University of Seville and a Master’s in Secondary Education. She was an exchange student at Sweet Briar College in 2008-2009.
María de la Torre Laviana, Extracurricular Activities Coordinator
Maria has a licenciatura in English Language and Literature from the University of Seville and a Master’s in Hispanic Literature from Michigan State University. She was an exchange student at Sweet Briar College in 2004-2005. At JYS, María coordinates the extracurricular activities and teaches culture, grammar, and comparative literature. In a previous life, María used to love reading, writing, solving puzzles, and going out with friends.
José “Pepe” Reyes Bautista, IT Specialist
José works as a consultant for JYS in the all important field of IT, and we consider him a member of our family. He is the one students need to talk to when they have computer problems.