Language Amigo: A Win Win in Providing Language Practice and Economic Opportunities

Have you ever tried to learn a new language? One of the most important things to do is to practice your new skill. If you don’t use it you lose it, as they say (don’t ask me who ‘they’ are, I seem to have forgotten). This social enterprise is providing a bridge between people who want to practice Spanish and people who need to earn an income.

Do the people you’re trying to help have a skill they could earn money for? Is that an enterprise you or your organization could start? Or is there another entity you could partner with?

Macarena Hernandez de Obeso , is a current Skoll Scholar and is dedicated to economic opportunity and prosperity for deprived communities in Latin America.

In November of 2016, we founded . Today, we are connecting, through video calls, language ’Learners’ who want to practice conversational Spanish, with native speaking ‘Amigos’ from Latin America. For Amigos, Language Amigo is a flexible way of income and for Learners, Language Amigo is a flexible way to practice.

Through Language Amigo, we are not offering Spanish teachers. We are offering to language learners the opportunity to put into practice their foreign language knowledge and have real world conversations with real and friendly people, Amigos. I believe that the main objective to learn a language is to be able to connect with people from another country, culture, and background. Through Language Amigo, you can do that.

For More: Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship | Creating opportunities through the power of language

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