English Language Fellow Shélynn Riel-Osorio facilitated the first AMICANA Conversation Table in Mendoza, bringing together institute alumni and community members. The first of what will be a semi-monthly occurrence, the session allowed attendees an opportunity to engage with one another and a native speaker of the target language, discussing topics relevant to their lives.
Discussions at the Conversation Table, while informal, touched upon issues such as education, politics, and culture. Community members who joined the session were teachers-in-training, and were excited to have an additional support structure and a space to develop as language speakers and teachers. AMICANA alumni present expressed their gratitude to the institute, explaining its impact in their personal and professional lives. Attendees were thrilled to have an avenue to stay involved at the institute, and eager to brainstorm ways in which they can contribute to the overall mission.