JA Surpasses Cultural and Language Barriers

When Alyssa Brinoni started volunteering at Littlewood Elementary in Gainesville, Florida, she didn?t imagine her lessons would help her practice her Spanish. One day, a little girl arrived in class after moving to Florida from Venezuela. The girl?s English was very limited and as a result, she wasn?t able to participate fully in the activity.[Venezuela_map] <https://juniorachievementusa.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/venezuela_map1.jpg> Alyssa started speaking to her in Spanish and wound up doing the whole lesson with her in Spanish, while teaching or assisting the rest of the students. According to Alyssa, the little girl?s excitement and engagement skyrocketed as the lesson progressed. Both were able to connect and Alyssa felt inspired that her volunteering could have helped this student.Junior Achievement empowers students of all ages and backgrounds to take charge of their future and see the possibilities within their reach. For Alyssa, teaching the little girl in Spanish may have seemed like an easy task, but for the little girl, the time this volunteer spent with her meant the world, and potentially a change in her future.

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