On-Site Office & Staff

U.S. Team

Riley Dean, Program Manager

Originally from Seattle, WA, Riley completed a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Spanish at the University of San Diego. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester in Madrid, Spain, discovering an interest in foreign-language acquisition and cultural exchange. Drawn to Madrid's lively atmosphere and rich history, Riley returned after graduation to teach English in several primary schools. Her love for travel has brought her to over 15 countries, including South Africa and Ecuador. Now, as the Program Manager for South Africa and Spain, Riley looks forward to helping other students explore and prepare for their own study abroad experiences. In her free time, Riley loves to play soccer, paint, and take dance classes. 

Email: riley.dean@worldstrides.com


Cape Town Team

Ouma Mpela, Resident Director

Ouma was born in a small town called Litchenburg in the North Province of South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Potchefstroom, and in 1998 she began her postgraduate studies in Human Resources Management at the University of Cape Town. In 2000 Ouma joined the staff of the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) at the University of Cape Town. Ouma is member of NAFSA in the US, as well as the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA). Ouma is married and enjoys spending her free time with her two children. 


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