National Language Service Corps

In my quest to do something different, I signed up with the National Language Service Corps.  I learned about NLSC at the ACTFL conference in San Antonio in November.  The rep knew her business, and I was hooked on the idea of using my language skills in volunteer situations (in or out of the United States).

When I got home after the conference, I visited the website and filled out an application.  I had to provide detailed information about my language skills, of course, and documentation as requested.  Fortunately, I had already taken the OPI exam, so I knew my language competency, and I provided a copy of the results.  I think it’s awesome (and smart!) that additional training is provided if an assignment is given.  It’s also nice to be able to accept or reject assignments based on work schedules and other things.  After all of my information was verified, I was accepted as a member.

I love having a certificate to add to my portfolio!

I love having a certificate to add to my portfolio!

If you speak a second (or third) language, please check out the NLSC.  You could be a bridge between cultures.


Guinea? Amazing!

Weekend Bloggy Reading

For some reason, a name I hadn’t thought of in years popped into my pointy little head this evening. I decided to use Google to see if I could find a former colleague of mine. We met many years ago when I taught Spanish in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was from Cuba and got a job in “my” school (inner-city Charlotte). I always thought she was a nice, well-educated lady, and I admired her language skills. Long story short: I found her online!

I clicked the links supplied by the search engine to discover she is now teaching and running a school in Guinea! Amazing! She is volunteering to serve God by ministering to the needs of the most innocent in a seldom-remembered part of the world.

Anyone who knows me well knows I have a deep, abiding love for travel. Reading her posts on the blog makes me want to pack and go there to DO something. Something that really matters. Something that makes a real difference in children’s lives.

I believe that people cross our path in life for a reason. I’m going to give her post some serious thought over the next few months. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not ready to quit my job and move to Guinea, but what would it cost me to ponder volunteering some time during the summer to making one corner of the world a better place? Instead of asking myself, “How will it benefit ME?” I will be asking, “How can I help THEM?” I challenge you to do the same. Let’s take time to do a “mental inventory” of skills we have that might be put to good use serving others. I am including the link to the blog in case you want to check things out.