This summer, we sat down with Intercambio students Julio and his daughter, Alenia. The two spoke of the meaningful connections they have made since they started taking English classes with Intercambio and the ways they are working to give back to their community.
Category: Success Stories
English language learner, business owner, mother, and valued community member Yuhong shares her challenges when moving to the United States and how she’s working to overcome them.
After looking for a concrete way to create impact in her community, long-time Boulder County resident Linda registered to volunteer with Intercambio. “I signed up to teach, and they, thank goodness, paired me with Norma. We’ve been together for five and a half years,” she says.
“My name is Shel Gerding. I’ve been volunteering for Intercambio for a couple of years now, where I teach English to adults. My background is that I have a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and I didn’t have much linguistic training. However, I’ve always been really interested in languages. I’ve traveled a lot, and I can speak a little bit of French…”
There are two main reasons why I’ve chosen Intercambio and many reasons why I will continue. The first two reasons are the price—it cannot be beat—and the second is it’s the first truly community-based curriculum I’ve come across in my 20+ years of teaching.
Intercambio students often face difficulties balancing work and family with the desire to take classes, and this was certainly the case for Marta and Isaias.