Martha is a student at The ShareLingo Project English/Spanish class at YMCA’s Community Programs Branch.
During a recent class, James Archer, our founder, mentioned that he was going to Cancún on vacation. When Martha heard this she enthusiastically said, “My son lives there.”
James asked Martha if she would like him to take something to her son, and although Martha did not want to impose, once James restated that he was serious, she pleasantly accepted the offer. Martha had tears in her eyes when she delivered a small gift for her son to James at the ShareLingo office.
Two weeks ago, James had the opportunity to meet Martha’s son, Javier, in Cancún while delivering the gift his mom sent. They shared a great meal and conversation together.
Martha and her son Javier haven’t been able to see each other for over 10 years. It was very special for James to be able to deliver messages of love and small presents that mother and son sent each other.
Like Martha, there are many other students who are separated and far away from their families.
ShareLingo and the YMCA share a mission to connect cultures. So, in spite of the distance, why not connect families also?
Usually these type of deliveries are made among Latinos, but today, it was an American’s turn to bring these messages of love. This experience reinforces the idea that it is the connection that matters and demonstrates that knowing a different language helps to enrich traditions.
We are grateful Martha opened up her heart and family to us. If you would like to learn Spanish and experience something so special like this, contact us! Stop staring at a computer and come practice Spanish with real people.
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The ShareLingo concept is really simple. Instead of learning from a white board or a computer, we help English learners meet Spanish learners for face-to-face practice together. A bilingual facilitator uses our method and materials to keep things moving so you are never bored. We have language learning solutions for individuals, businesses, non-profits, and schools. Learn more at www.sharelingo.org.