Breaking Language Barriers
Organized by: Jenna Knight
I work in retail and I encounter many non-english speaking individuals every day. On one occasion, a man was so determined to communicate with me, he used his cell phone to call his son to communicate between us. Despite his efforts, he still left the store without getting what he wanted because of the language barrier between us. This made me think that if language barriers prevent immigrants from getting what they want in stores, they are also preventing them from getting more important things like jobs, adequate health care, and education. Something needs to be done to solve this problem!
I'm in my sophomore year of college working on my bachelors degree and I plan on traveling to Spain to study for the summer. Going on this trip is very important to me! I would like the opportunity to gain more insight on what it's like to be in a foreign place where my native language is not the one most commonly spoken, and the difficulties that that causes. It would also give me the opportunity to gain fluency in Spanish, which is my minor, by getting to practice it in the real world. It would also help me get a job after i graduate by giving me an international perspective, hopefully setting my resume apart.
I do have a job, but attending school full time it's going to be impossible to raise the money for this trip alone.