Welcome to the Spanish Education Fund

The Spanish Education Fund (SEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2009. Our purpose is to raise money and recruit parent volunteers to support the International Teaching Intern Program at Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School (K-6), Central Middle School (7-8) and Eden Prairie High School (9-12).

Interns from Spanish speaking countries from around the world assist teachers and students in classrooms at these schools, providing a unique educational resource that has been proven extremely valuable to language acquisition, by bring their language and cultures to life. As a result, students become more confident in their ability to communicate in Spanish and create connections to people and places outside of their own world.

In addition to fundraising, we work with school staff to review and select intern candidates, recruit host and buddy families for the interns from our parent community for the duration of their stay, collect donations of winter clothing, organize parent volunteers to provide transportation for interns, and many other things to ensure interns have a positive experience while in the U.S. gaining valuable experience in the field of education.

Our Mission

Support the Eden Prairie Spanish immersion program, through sustainable funding, to host the best volunteer international Spanish speaking interns and provide other educational and cultural resources.

Latest News


It was a record breaking year for our Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser!
It was amazing to have Ian Leonard back to lead us in our Live Auction and witness his masterful skill in getting parents to open-up their wallets- all achieved by using his terrific humor and bringing out the “competitive nature” of our Cinco attendees!
Thank you to all the parents who donated, purchased tickets, participated in the online auction and supported our efforts to make Cinco an enormous success!! Every dollar we raised ensures our Intern Program lives on to help enrich our Eagle Heights classrooms and community!

Intern Update

From Intern Coordinator Daniela Garcia:

BRRR. I think the interns aren’t the only ones wondering when this cold will go away. With Spring break around the corner, many interns have made plans to visit a different (and warmer) state. After all they do here in our schools, I think it is well deserved and I hope they have a great relaxing time off.

Last Saturday, the interns were brave enough to take part in the polar plunge. Besides losing a pair of glasses in the water, they all considered this a great experience and are happy to say they jumped into a frozen lake. Thanks to everyone who donated for this great cause and for supporting our intern program!

To learn more about the interns in our schools, please visit the intern program page.

Meet the 2022-23 Interns

Alejandra Cortez        Nina Busquets Costas     Karla Rivera
El Salvador                  Spain                                   El Salvador
Kindergarten              Kindergarten                      1st Grade

Melani Cortes               Alex Ramirez                 Aina Cortacans
Colombia                       El Salvador                     Spain
1st Grade                       2nd Grade                       2nd Grade

Lucas Gonzalez               Silvia Martinez         Anthony Umanzor
Spain                                  Spain                          El Salvador
3rd Grade                          3rd Grade                  4th Grade

Maura Herrera                Elkin Raiño                    Catalina Salazar
El Salvador                       Colombia                        Chile
5th Grade                          CMS                                 CMS

Jose Gil
Eden Prairie High School

Volunteers Needed!

We have quite a number of open committee positions, varying in time and commitment levels throughout the entire year.

These are the immediate positions we need to fill for next year. Please contact Mary Krebs if you are can volunteer for one of these roles.

  • Host Family Coordinator
  • Intern Coordinator
  • Driving Coordinator
  • Communications/Social Media Chair

This link shows a detailed list of all of the open positions we are in need of volunteers for. You can sign up on the SEF Open Positions Sign Up Genius to volunteer for any of these positions. If you would like to discuss any of these positions further before committing, please feel free to reach out to SEF Chair Mary Krebs.

Host and Buddy Families Needed for Next Year

We are now recruiting host and buddy families for the 2023-2024 school year. We have requested 16 interns again, so we’ll need at least 16 host families and 32 buddy families! If you have thought about being a host or buddy family but have questions, please join us at an upcoming information session with current host/buddy family panelists.Tuesday, February 28, 7:00-8:00pm
Wednesday, March 15, 7:30-8:30pm
Monday, April 3, 7:30-8:30pm
Thursday, April 27, 8:00-9:00pm
Sunday, May 21, 6:00-7:00pm

Contact Mary Krebs for Zoom link.

Buddy Family Application – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0lInQ_zWsZz3aTF2aMGx3wlrxBgPjgsGMyOv8eDzEyuM2Xg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Host Family Application – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0Y1vr30thCU07ZX2NH66s3j8qGxUT56_QcH2nX5OgM0BipQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please contact Mary Krebs if you have questions on any of these rewarding opportunities.

Annual Contributions

Thank you to all the families who have already made their 2022-2023 contributions.   In a typical year, the SEF budgets $60K in parent contributions to sponsor the interns in our program.  As of January, 2023 we have collected $28K.  If we do not reach our goal, we must begin reducing the number of interns we can invite to our school next year.  For the 2023-2024 school year we are hoping to have 16 interns, but as of now can only sponsor 4.

Please remember that annual contributions are the SEF’s primary source of funding for the Intern Program. We receive no financial support from the school district or schools.   You can make your annual contribution (suggested contribution: $150/child) below or online at www.spanisheducationfund.org.  You can even set up budget friendly monthly payments via PayPal using the subscribe button!  We are a 501(c)(3) organization and your contributions are tax deductible.

Your support is vital to the continuation of this important component of our children’s immersion education.  Thank you for your support!

Employer matching
Don’t forget… employer matching and workplace-based donation campaigns are another source of funding for the intern program. Many employers will match their employee’s donation, doubling the gift. Several families participate in these each year. To find out if your company matches, contact your human resources department.

Payment Options:
PayPal: info@spanisheducationfund.org

SEF is now on Venmo!

Monthly Annual Contribution

Want to spread out your Annual Contribution into budget friendly monthly payments? Select a monthly payment option from the drop down menu and click the SUBSCRIBE button below instead to make monthly Annual Contribution donations.

Monthly Payment Options


Make checks payable to the Spanish Education Fund and mail to:

SEF Treasurer
c/o Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School
13400 Staring Lake Parkway

Eden Prairie, MN 55347

SEF Federal Tax ID# 27-0584708

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