At Breaktime, our staff is dedicated to providing you with the best possible experience from your first contact with us until the successful completion of your program.
Our team is here to answer all your questions, whether in English, or in your own language and we can give you specific information that applies to your country.
Our clients are our Number 1 priority. Our doors are always open and we welcome your questions and comments.
In Breaktime we can help you in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin and Cantonese.
if you have questions for any of our staff members, please contact us at:
Santiago Endara | DIRECTOR
I was born in Ecuador and immigrated to Canada in 2005 where I worked for many years at the Marketing Department of a leading Vancouver Educational Institution. Here, through travel and contact with people around the world, I understood the importance of international education and intercultural experiences.Read More
In 2013, we created Breaktime Work & Study Abroad with the goal of helping people whenever they want to study, work and improve their lives through education and by exposure to new cultures and experiences.
Diana Chevalier | REGIONAL DIRECTOR – MEXICO
I was born in Acapulco, Mexico to a Mexican mother and a Canadian father and that fact has given me a very deep understanding of both countries and cultures.
With a professional degree in Education Management and many years of sales experience I have promoted services such as Adventure and Team Building Programs in recent years.Read More
People frequently say that the best way or learning is through travelling and I have been lucky enough to travel around Mexico and many countries in the world.
My two daughters, Daniela and Regina are studying at the moment in Vancouver so I totally understand what parents feel when they send their children to study abroad and I will be happy to share my experiences with all of you.
Horacio de Alencar | REGIONAL DIRECTOR – ECUADOR
I was born in La Paz, Bolivia and I studied in different countries before establishing permanently with my family in Ecuador.
Through my international studies and professional activity, I have realized the importance of mastering other languages and studying abroad. International experiences and interaction with people of other countries allow us to be more successful in multicultural environments, whether in the personal, academic or professional fields.Read More
As the Marketing Director for Ecuador, I will be pleased to give you all the necessary information and support so you can achieve your goal of taking part in a study program abroad.
Mariane Fontana Peixe | REGIONAL DIRECTOR – BRAZIL
I am Brazilian, I was born in Florianópolis/SC and a few years ago, I had the opportunity to do an exchange program in Vancouver, Canada. I participated in a Work and Study program and I stayed in Canada for one and a half years.
A program abroad is a universe that opens your mind to the improvement of your personal and professional life by getting to know about other cultures, customs and habits.Read More
I could say that I had one of my best moments of my youth in Canada, A country that is safe, welcoming and where there is respect for each person independently of social position, race, sex, etc.
One tip for you? Go ahead with your plan of studying abroad! I would regret if I had not done it in my life.
Pablo Quinteros | REGIONAL DIRECTOR – SOUTH AMERICA
Pablo was born in Argentina, where he studied International Relations, Sales Management, Business Management and Marketing.Read More
Early in his life, he began working as an advisor in the education industry and after a brief stint as Wholesale Sales Manager in Bangkok, Thailand, he decided to return to the area of international education. He lived in Argentina, Mexico, Canada and Thailand where he gained international work experience and knowledge of other cultures that helped him empathize with the students he advised.
Pablo considers that experiences abroad are vital in order to achieve better job opportunities, improve communication skills, generate networks of contacts and grow culturally and personally.
Carolina Rincón | REGIONAL DIRECTOR – COLOMBIA
I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where I studied a Major in Education with focus in Spanish Language. As an academic, I know the importance of mastering another language in order to open doors and relate to people around the world. International studies allow you to grow in every aspect of your life.Read More
I am proud of sharing with you my personal experience in the field of International Studies. I started to have this experience when my son went to study English and then Professional Studies in Vancouver, Canada. During his studies in that beautiful country, I have witnessed his personal growth by being exposed to all sorts of valuable experiences that have improved him both as a professional and as a person.
By being a part of Breaktime, I have the opportunity of helping you with my personal expertise and I will be thrilled to see you having such a great, enjoyable and valuable experience as the one we have lived in our family.
Jorge De la Torre Koch | DIRECTOR – EUROPE
I’m Ecuadorian- Swiss, living in heart of the Swiss Alps in Martigny – Switzerland. Graduated for the prestigious and the top 1 Hotel School in the World “Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne” I have more than 18 years’ experience in international Hospitality Education, teaching & coaching, part time lecture at Vatel Martigny Hotel School, as Director of “Internships World” I am working with the most reputed Hospitality schools in Switzerland: Lausanne, Glion, Les Roches & SEG Group.Read More
I’m also part of the board of Director of “Worldwide Internships”, a consulting, coaching, enrollment and placement firm, helping young professional to have experiences overseas.
I have the pleasure to be part of the international team of “Break Time” and assist for any enquiry from Europe.
Warapak Poolsawat “Saimai” | DIRECTOR – SOUTHEAST ASIA
I was born in Thailand and during my high school years, I had the opportunity of studying English abroad in different English-speaking countries. Back in Thailand, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in public administration, and I realized that my international educational experience overseas was a huge plus for my career.
Throughout my professional life, I have worked with top international luxury products such as wine, truffles, caviar, exclusive teas and coffees.Read More
In the past 2 years, I have been part of the worldwide coordination team of Internships World in Thailand and now I am very pleased to take care of all the information requests about Breaktime coming from our clients in South East Asia. My goal is to ensure that everyone can have a great experience in amazing Canada.
María Victoria Rojas Sahurie | REGIONAL DIRECTOR – CHILE
I came to Canada from Chile through the Youth Mobility Program available for citizens of both countries, and as I liked Vancouver so much, I decided to stay longer through one of the Work and Study Programs offered by Breaktime.Read More
My experience in Canada has been amazing because throughout this time I constantly have the pleasure of meeting many people from different cultures and I have discovered my passion for helping them, in the same way that I was helped when I first arrived. As a professional Journalist, I give my best, using my communication skills to bring the most accurate and helpful information to those interested in the programs offered by Breaktime.
Elisa Lugo | REPRESENTATIVE – MEXICO CITY
“What we learn with pleasure, we never forget” (Alfred Mercier)
Born in Mexico City, I have had the opportunity of working in France and studying in Germany throughout different periods of my life, which gave me a multicultural mindset in addition to learn the languages.Read More
My professional background in Business Administration, and a MBA in International Business have brought me into professional activities through which I have had the opportunity of visiting numerous countries, meeting interesting people and expand my vision of the world.
I am constantly encouraging people to get out of their comfort zone, by studying or working abroad, learning other languages and by experiencing another way of living.
Living abroad opens your mind to other cultures and shows you to respect others’ ideas and culture, while enriching your personal and professional life.
I will be pleased to provide you all the necessary information and support, so you can take part of an amazing, unforgettable international experience in Canada.
Rocío Castrellón | REPRESENTATIVE – NORTH MEXICO
I was born in the city of Durango, Dgo. Mexico. Throughout my life and for different reasons, I have had the chance of living in different cities around Mexico, which gave me the thrilling and enriching experience of meeting new people and places.Read More
My professional experience in banking, real estate and international education has allowed me to understand the needs and concerns of people and to provide them with solutions to invest their resourced in order to have the best results.
My three children enjoy very much travelling in Mexico and around the world and as a mother, I understand all the aspects that students have to consider in order to have a productive, enjoyable and stress-free travel experience.
Is a pleasure for me to be a part of Breaktime, a community that allows building unique experiences around the world and meeting amazing people from different cultures, adventurers and enthusiasts of all ages to whom I´ll help giving an unforgettable life experience.
Mariana Rivera | REPRESENTATIVE – MÉRIDA
I´m Mexican, With a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Finance.
I have 14 years of experience working with International Finance Groups and I have learnt the importance of human interaction for a successful career. For this reason, I understand that meeting new people, places, cultures and traditions helps us all open the doors for new opportunities.Read More
As part pf the Breaktime Team, I like helping people that wants to have an unforgettable life experience providing them with personalized advice whenever they are willing to go studying, working or traveling abroad.
Noemí López | REPRESENTATIVE – QUEBEC, CANADA / MEXICO
With a Bachelor Diploma in Mexico and a Postgraduate Degree in Spain, I decided to establish myself in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) in 2010. Here, I have worked in different professional fields, always in multicultural settings, an experience that has developed my English and French language skills in addition to my native Spanish language.Read More
I proudly have two nationalities, Mexican and Canadian and I have three children who have studied in Mexico, USA, Canada and France.
While living in Mexico I owned a company that offered English and French language programs abroad and International Exchange Programs. Working both with independent students and those sponsored to study abroad by their companies, I was able to offer exceptional service to all my clients.
I will be pleased to help everyone willing to experience the quality and excellence of Canadian educational institutions in any part of this country and specifically in Montreal, a city that ranks as one of the top 5 best places in the world for international students.
Ceci Kozacs | REPRESENTATIVE – CANADA/MEXICO
I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. I have a Bachelor in Education degree.
I moved to Canada in 1997 and discovered a vibrant and multicultural city in Vancouver.Read More
I have been teaching Spanish for 22 years and I also work as a manager for an International Company that oversees cruise ship operations in Vancouver.
I have seen many students take the opportunity to study and work in this growing and expanding industry. Vancouver offers an exceptional and unique wealth of opportunities in many up-and-coming industries.
I would like to see young people discover and experience international education as well as living in one of the best cities in the world.
As part of the Breaktime team it will be my pleasure to guide you in your studies and provide you with support in reaching your goals.
Armando G. Barreiro | REPRESENTATIVE MEXICO
I was born and raised in Mexico City, got my bachelor’s degree in advertising and my first job was in a shipping company which had offices in the main ports and cities around the world. Since then, I realised the importance that English has had in my professional life.
Later, as a parent, I ensured my daughter Dany could have a bilingual education, and that helped her in an important way when she had the opportunity to go to high school and university abroad.Read More
She was able to complement her professional development in Vancouver, Canada through a program offered by Breaktime.
In Breaktime I am happy to help other young people reach their goals, just as my daughter did.
Pilar Monsalve | REPRESENTATIVE – COLOMBIA
I was born in Barrancabermeja, Colombia and I currently live in Vancouver, Canada.I´ve had the opportunity of visiting different countries and I find that traveling is a unique experience that allows you to grow on a personal and professional level.Read More
I always had the challenge of living and open new doors in a country where I could improve my English. In Canada and Vancouver specifically, I found the perfect place to develop my passion for winter and aquatic sports, a place where I find a mix of cultures from around the world, where I enjoy the majestic nature throughout the seasons and where I can project my career into the future due to Canada´s prosperity and economic stability.
I had many questions before taking the big step forward of moving to another country. I researched all the details and today I feel very happy to have chosen Vancouver as my place to live and work.
I came to Canada through Breaktime and I felt that their guidance and support to choose a study program and all the questions that they answered, made me feel more comfortable and supported.
If you are thinking about coming to Canada, I will be very pleased to share my story and to answer all your questions.
This is a quote that I want to share: “If you wait until you are ready, you will be waiting for the rest of your life, so start now” 🙂
Francisco Cristofol | REPRESENTATIVE – SPAIN
I was born in Málaga, in the South of Spain. I’m passionate about Marketing & Communication with degrees in Journalism, Marketing & Advertising. One of the most valuable experiences in my life was living for four months in Vancouver, where I met people from all over the world and improved my English very much.Read More
Educational programs in Canada are a perfect opportunity to become a curious and open-minded person. Furthermore, Canada is a really friendly and multicultural country.
Milena Rodriguez | CUSTOMER SUPPORT – TORONTO
In order to improve my English, I moved from Colombia to Vancouver, Canada in 2013. The beauty of Vancouver’s nature and friendliness of its people was nothing like I had ever seen before. Exploring Canada allowed me to appreciate the importance that multicultural diversity plays on its society’s advancement and success. I am currently finishing my Master’s Degree here and the experiences I have gained here will stay with me throughout my life!Read More
As an international student, I know exactly the needs and expectations of all students taking study programs and I am always willing to help and guide our clients based on my own experience.
Ianna Vázquez | CUSTOMER SUPPORT – VANCOUVER
I was born in Ciudad Del Carmen, Mexico and after studying culinary arts, I had the dream of living an and working overseas. After travelling and working in France, Japan and the USA, I wanted to finally find a place where I can stay for a longer time and where I could create a path for my future.
I decided to choose Vancouver, Canada because as a chef I had more opportunities to grow and to establish my self in the country. I came to do a study and work program and after some time and effort, I got my visa extension and the invitation for a Permanent Residence in Canada.Read More
I am convinced that a study program is the best way to immerse yourself in the country, in the culture and it opens the possibility for new beautiful adventures. I am happy helping all of our students at Breaktime whenever they want to study in Canada so they can have the same great experiences that I had.
Regina Rodriguez | CUSTOMER SUPPORT – VANCOUVER
I was born in México City and now I live in Vancouver, Canada. My maternal family comes from Canada and I have always been exposed both to the Latin American and Canadian culture, so I know in depth how both cultures work and how to help people adapt to Canada.Read More
My studies in Hospitality and Tourism help me talk and guide our clients about these popular programs in Canada where students can get an official Hospitality, Tourism or Business Diploma in Canada and work in those areas at the same time.