Monday, May 23, 2011

Barter for Spanish? Here's how.

This question came in via e-mail; I'm going to add it to the Frequently Asked Questions:
I came across the site after searching for some resources to learn Spanish. A friend of mine suggested that I volunteer (or barter) my English to a church/non-profit to help people learn English, while I learn Spanish. I'm not sure how feasible this is. I have Rosetta Stone, but would like some live social interaction.

Do you know of any organizations, preferably in South Nashville (Nolensville Road area) that would be a good fit??

I appreciate any assistance you can offer.
My answer:
Conexion Americas has a conversation partners program, where they partner a Spanish speaker with an English speaker, which sounds like what you're looking for. They're not headquartered in the South Nashville area, but these conversation partner meetings might be scheduled at a location other than the agency. You can call them to find out.

Catholic Charities operates Hispanic Family and Immigration services out of the Nolensville Road area, in the Iglesia Catolica Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, so that might be a good immersion/volunteer opportunity, since I don't think they offer a formal language exchange program like Conexion.

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