Almendra Staffa-Healey was born in Granada, Spain to US American parents, and has lived extensively in both countries as a child and as an adult. She is a true Adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK) – a term that’s applied to adults who have been raised in a culture outside of their parents’ culture for a significant part of their development years-, and consequentially has pursued professional interests fitting with the global orientation of her upbringing.
Over the past fifteen years she has worked in the field of international and intercultural education and business. In addition to serving as Resident Director for a number of US university programs in Madrid, she has taught studio art and Spanish as a foreign language at a Public High School in New York City. Almendra combines her work in building intercultural competencies and understanding in education and business as Director of Intercultural Understanding, with her role as Madrid Director for EUSA Academic Internship Programs. She has prepared US students extensively for working in Spain and Spanish employers for hosting US interns.
Almendra’s professional focus is cross-cultural understanding through education and training. She co-authored En Clase, En El Trabajo, Entre La Gente, a book commissioned by the European Union’s Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Programme on perfecting foreign language, interpersonal and intercultural skills through internships abroad. For her own intercultural training she has received coaching from Michael Vande Berg, a well known interculturalist.
She has been actively involved in the study abroad sector and volunteers her time and her expertise to this community though her work with the Association of American Programs in Spain (APUNE), where she has served on the Board and been Vice President. She also serves the international intercultural community through her activities with the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR España).
Almendra is a Qualified Administrator (QA) of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI ®), one of the most widely used tools for assessing and developing intercultural competence at the individual, group, and organizational levels. She is experienced in facilitating IDI Guided Development through one-on-one coaching as well as with groups.
Almendra is also a Senior Facilitator of Personal Leadership (PL), a methodology based on the principles of Mindfulness and Creativity. PL has six practices that provide a step-by-step process to allow you to lead from the inside out by taking charge of your own reactions in situations of conflict and change. PL provides a framework for effective cross-cultural bridging in which you become aware of your own judgments, emotions, and physical sensations which results in greater resolve in decision making.
Almendra holds a Bachelor’s degree from New York University in Art History, an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles, an institution associated with the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and the Madrid Stock Exchange, and an MA from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Anthropology.