Language Buddy Network

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Language Buddy Network

American SamoaAmerican Samoa
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Language Buddy Network pairs language learning enthusiasts with someone with complementary language learning needs through an online platform. For example, a Chinese native speaker with Spanish learning need will be paired with a Mexican wanting to learn Chinese.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if everyone can learn foreign languages from a native speaker with no cost?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Not enough time and available native speakers to learn language from

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Exchange language knowledge within the language learning community
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Emma, a Chinese Mandarin learner in D.C., U.S. is paired with a English learner in China to learn from each other by talking regularly in-person or on Skype.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

future impact: Similar to Couchsurfing, veryone will be able to post a profile on the website, send and receive request to pair-up with someone. No less than 90% of all users should be able to pair up with someone to learn a new language at least one hour per week.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

By partnering with universities and middle schools, we will be able to spread our project to all five continents with more than 5 language learning options.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

standard registration fee per language, membership dues, donations and grants

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

NGOs like Global Language Network. Difference: This program is more flexible in terms of time and location, while competitors are focused on off-line in-person learning
Team

Founding Story

There are buddy systems in the office when new employee/intern starts their work; there are also buddy systems for students enrolled in 2-4 years program. Then why not language learning? My Spanish-speaking friend formed a mutual language learning partnership with me, which motivated me to set up a project to help people with similar language learning need