We are a team of language and technology enthusiasts building the best language course search site.

Our aim is to take the agony out of planning your language immersion experience. We designed our site to help you easily compare thousands of courses at once. If you want to spend hours searching every language school site yourself, that’s one option. If you prefer an easier way to find a good deal, we can help. Our site presents course results in a way that allows you to choose the best course for you at one glance.

At Language International, we want to make your experience better and put the fun back into planning your language course.

Meet our founders

Karen Ong
Karen Ong

Chief executive officer

Her passion for languages and different cultures led her to start Language International. Karen is a language and travel enthusiast, speaks 6 languages (and currently learning German, her seventh), and has traveled to over 100 cities in 6 continents.

Language International is a continuation of her interest in facilitating language and cultural exchange. Before starting Language International, she founded MyHappyPlanet.com, a peer-to-peer language exchange site. Karen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where she received the Robert F. Jasse Award.

Michael Reich
Michael Reich

Chief financial officer

Michael speaks English, German, and French fluently, and is now learning Chinese. He was born in Germany and studied in France, Germany, and the United States. He now oversees our sales and finance functions at Language International.

Before Language International, he founded UpDown.com, a virtual investing site, and was an owner of Spirit Link GmbH, an IT consulting firm. Michael holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Reutlingen in Germany and the Reims Management School in France.

Our student advisors

Simone Reich
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Team leader and student advisor (German, Spanish, French, English)

Simone leads our student advising team and also advises our German, French, and Spanish-speaking students. She was born in Germany but has lived in Colombia for a year and in Egypt for 4 years.

She holds a masters degree in anthropology, Latin American studies, and psychology from University of Hamburg. She is also a certified translator, interpreter, and foreign language correspondent for Spanish and French. Before joining Language International, she worked as a PADI Staff Instructor in Dahab, Egypt.

Michele Bianchini
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Student advisor (Italian, French, Danish, English)

Michele advises our Italian-, French- and Danish-speaking students. He grew up in Sardinia, studied in Dijon, went to university in Pisa, worked in Copenhagen and Malta, and now lives in Berlin. In addition to Italian, he speaks French and Danish.

He holds a triple master's degree in European Literary Cultures from University of Bologna, University of Thessaloniki and University of Haute Alsace. He also holds a bachelor's degree in European literatures and modern languages from University of Pisa.

Carla Oller
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Student advisor (Portuguese, Spanish)

Carla advises our Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking students. Her mom is Portuguese and her dad is Spanish. She grew up in Spain and went to university in Brazil.

She holds a degree in social communication from High Education Institute of Brasília - IESB in Brazil and studied advertising and public relations at University of Girona in Spain. Before joining Language International, she worked at Communications Intelligence, where she created content in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Iliana Pistoli
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Student advisor (French, Greek, Turkish, English)

Iliana advises our French-, Greek-, and Turkish-speaking students. She grew up in Athens and is a native Greek speaker. She lived in Paris for 4 years and studied Turkish for 6 years, so she speaks French and Turkish fluently.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Turkish from the Kapodistrian University of Athens and a master's degree in international relations and Turkish from Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales-Langues O’ in Paris. She previously worked for MyToys, Migreurop, Greek Council for Refugees, and Amnesty International.

Our marketing team

Jesse Gildesgame
Jesse Gildesgame

Director of strategic initiatives and partnerships

Jesse currently focuses on enabling business development staff, content managers, and project managers to expand our network of language schools around the world.

Jesse graduated from Bowdoin College with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science. He also studied abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. While in college, Jesse was a board member at 9.11 WBOR and co-led Blogging Buddies, an online education initiative.

Our finance and accounting team

Kamila Wagner
Kamila Wagner

Junior finance manager

Kamila manages Language International's accounts payable and receivable. She speaks Polish, English, Russian, and also a little Swedish and German.

In 2013, Kamila graduated from Kozminski University in Warsaw with a Bachelor's degree in Management. While at university, she also studied abroad at Stockholm University's School of Business. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Finance at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. She has previously held positions in business management and finance at Mayur Wovens in Ahmedabad, India. When she's not working, Kamila enjoys scuba diving, extreme sports, and knitting.


Want to see your face here?

We're a fast-growing start-up and we're eager to connect with exceptional individuals who might be interested in joining our team.

If you are energized by our mission of changing the way people find and discover life-changing immersion programs, we'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line at jobs@languageinternational.com.

Our offices


My Happy Planet, Inc.
1 Main Street #150
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02142
Phone: +1 617 396 4519

Language International MHP GmbH
Schönhauser Allee 6/7
10119, Berlin
Phone: + 49 30 548 117 42