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 & Seville
The JYS central office is at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. From Virginia, 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 JYS in SEVILLE. 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 was the Study Abroad Coordinator for both the JYF in Paris and Nice and JYS in SEVILLE programs before beginning her Master’s in International Education with the SIT Graduate Institute. In July 2013, she returned as the Director of JYS in SEVILLE. You can find her at either the JYS Office in Virginia or the JYS Office in Seville.
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 degree 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 José 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 José. When she’s not in the office (or on a JYS trip) María José 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 and teaches the Grammar section of the Exploration Course and the seminar “Advanced Composition and Conversation”. María has a degree 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
María coordinates the extracurricular activities and teaches the History and Culture section of the Exploration Course and the seminar “Spain and the United States of America in Travel Literature”. She has a degree 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.
José “Pepe” Reyes Bautista, IT Specialist
Pepe 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.