Language Ambassadors Enrich The Learning Experience At LILA
Language ambassadors are a vital part of our program at LILA. They are interns from Spanish- and Chinese-speaking countries who assist our teachers in the classroom and provide language and culture models for our students. They work with individual students and small groups or supervise activities of the large group, allowing the teacher to give more attention to students who need more help or more challenge.
Having ambassadors in the classrooms also gives students the opportunity to hear authentic target-language conversation between the ambassador and the teacher, rather than only between learners or between the teacher and students. It's a proven program for enhancing the educational experiences of LILA students and staff, the host families, and the language ambassadors.
Submit an application to host a language ambassador today! Host families are needed now. Apply here.
Who Are Language Ambassadors?
Language ambassadors bring their own languages and cultures to life by engaging and motivating students, leaving them with new confidence in their ability to communicate across borders. They are considered teaching assistants and help maintain a low student to teacher ratio at LILA. They are single, native Spanish- or Chinese-speaking adults between the ages of 20 and 30.
What Are Host Family Roles And Responsibilities?
Host families come in all shapes and sizes and serve as a language ambassador’s substitute family for half the school year. They provide room and board (a private bedroom, shared bathroom, and meals). Host families are not required to cover any other expenses (ambassadors bring their own spending money). Host families do their best to provide care, moral support, and basic needs to a language ambassador as if he or she were a member of the family. Host families provide transportation to and from LILA (transportation assistance can sometimes be arranged).
Host families receive a $1,000 stipend at the end of their hosting period. We recognize that this stipend will not cover all costs incurred by families in the course of hosting for five months, but we hope that it defrays the cost enough so that more families can participate in hosting.
How Our Program Works
Language ambassadors live with host families from Lakes International for a part of the school year. Any Lakes International family can share a social, cultural, or family event with the language ambassadors. For example, you may take them to sports events, museums, day-trips in the area, share a family meal, etc.
The Language Ambassadors Program at LILA is supported and funded by the Lakes International PTO, which is funded by parents.
Submit an application to host a language ambassador today! Host families are needed for half year committments. We need SPRING families now!
2018-19 Language Ambassadors
Jimena Berta Zambade de Pablo
I am 23 years old and I am from Madrid, Spain. I live with my mother and my younger brother, and I also have a 3-year-old little sister. I love spending time with my friends and my extended family! I enjoy trying new experiences, traveling, meeting new people, and learning from other cultures. I am looking forward to learning a lot more about education in Minnesota. I adore animals, especially dogs and horses—and despite living in a big city, I love the countryside and I hike outdoors frequently. I do not cook much at home, but I am willing to learn! An ideal host family for me would be one that has a nice blend of activity and calm.
Note: She has her driver’s license, but has not driven in snow.
Josué Duque Monsalve (Needs a host family for this spring)
I am 21 years old. I am from Medellín, Colombia, and I’m the youngest in a family of five. I am passionate about travelling and learning about the history and culture of the areas I visit, and I love to share what I have learned. I like to play the piano, sing, read, and learn about new languages. I enjoy going to the gym and I like aquatic sports, such as swimming and diving. I am excited to try some of the winter sports in Minnesota! I am always eager to learn and participate in new experiences.
Note: He has his driver’s license, but has not driven in snow.
Valeria (Valery) Abigail Perez Pacheco
I am 20 years old and I am from El Salvador. I live with my parents and my younger brother. I enjoy camping, running, basketball, acting, and the theater. I like to try new things and be very active. I also enjoy volunteer work. I am looking forward to experiencing American customs and traditions, improving my English, trying new foods, and snow! I also like to cook, but usually more as the helper and not the main chef. I am Christian and I hope to go to church on a regular basis. I am also part of Royal Rangers and would love to continue my work with them in Minnesota. My ideal host family will be very active!
Note: She does not have a driver's license.
Javier (Javi) Lozano Terol
I am 23 years old and I am from Murcia, Spain, but I am currently studying in Madrid, where I live with two of my seven siblings. I am a sports enthusiast, particularly soccer, basketball, running, and tennis. I also enjoy reading, writing short stories, and cooking… especially desserts! I am hoping my host family will be active! I am looking forward to improving my English and I want to see as much of the United States as possible during my time here.
Note: He has his driver’s license, but has not driven in snow before. He is Catholic and would like to go to church sometimes while he is here.
Santiago (Santi) Aneiros Suanzes
I am from Madrid, Spain. I have 1 brother and 3 sisters; my father is in the navy and my mother is a teacher. I am always smiling and cheerful, and I love to laugh! My hobbies are playing the guitar, spending time with my friends, listening to music, and following the news. I love Minnesota-native Bob Dylan and know a lot of his music! I like camping, hiking, playing different sports, and trying new food (hamburgers and pizza are my favorite!). Overall, my ideal host family will have a good balance of activity and calm.
Note: Santi does not have a driver's license.
Macarena (Maca) Cassillas Daban
I am 21 years old and I am from Sevilla, Spain. I come from a large family with my parents and three siblings; my brother lives in Australia and I have two sisters who study at the University of Sevilla. I love spending time with my family, and I am looking forward to be part of my “new American family,” learning their customs and traditions and trying new foods. I would love to try winter sports, especially skiing and ice-fishing! During my time in the US, I hope to travel and see the beautiful geography. I’m not a big fan of pets (especially snakes), but I won’t mind living with a dog.
Note: She has her driver’s license, but has not driven in snow. Maca is Catholic and hopes to attend weekly mass.
Jennifer Stefany Carranza Martinez
I’m from El Salvador. I love to watch movies, read, listen to music, and sing. I also enjoy swimming. My dream is to become a great teacher, and I am hopeful that my experience at LILA will help me. I am also looking forward to improving my English speaking skills. I would like to visit museums, parks, and lakes during my time in Minnesota. I love animals in general, but I especially love cats and dogs—my ideal family will have pets!
Note: She does not have a driver’s license. Jennifer is Catholic and hopes to attend weekly mass.
Sandra Montes De Leon (Needs a host family for this spring!)
Hello! I am 21 years old and I am from El Salvador. I really like to help others. I love to watch and play soccer! I am currently learning to play the guitar, and I consider in myself a creative person. I respect the values of other cultures, and I am very sociable. I am looking forward to many new experiences during my time in the US!
Note: She does not have a driver’s license.
Marc Tuset Queralt
Hello. I am 23 years old and I am from Barcelona, Spain. I’m looking forward to enjoying this unique chance to live away from home and learn about a completely different culture. I’m interested in all kinds of activities, whether sports, cultural, social, leisure… I really enjoy being active! I don’t mind pets, and I am comfortable working in the kitchen. I am looking forward to the language ambassador experience and improving my English. My ideal host family will be very active and spending a lot of time outside of the home.
Note: He has a driver’s license.
José David Calderón de la Rosa (Needs a host family for this Spring!)
I am 25 years old and I am from Bogotá, Colombia. I love to team sports! My favorites are soccer, tennis, and basketball. I am looking forward to trying every kind of food that I can try in the United States. This will be my first time abroad and I am looking forward to an unforgettable experience! My ideal host family will have a dog—my favorite kind of pet!
Note: He does not have a driver’s license.
Daniela Vargas Leon
Hello! I am 23 years old and I am from Ibagué, Colombia. I live with my parents, older sister, and my son. I really enjoy crafting, drawing, listening to music and dancing! I am looking forward to being a part of the LILA community and living with a host family! This will be my first time in the USA, and I can’t wait to explore the country and culture. I am comfortable in the kitchen and I love children!
Note: She does not have a driver’s license.
Laura Acero Mulet
I am 21 years old and I am from Barcelona, Spain. I live with my mother and father, and I am very close to all of my family. I have always wanted to live in another country and I am really excited to get to know Minnesota and the U.S.! I love to travel, meet new people, and experience new adventures! I enjoy music; I play the flute but also enjoy trying many different instruments. I also love all kinds of different sports, such as swimming, tennis, soccer, skiing, climbing…! I am looking forward to this experience and improving my English! My ideal host family will be active.
Note: Although she has her driver’s license, she has very little experience driving.
Hu Lin (Andrea) (Needs a host family for this spring!)
I am twenty-two years old and I am from Xi’an, an ancient city located in the Shaanxi Province of China. I come from an artistic family and learned many different forms of art, including calligraphy, piano, and the tea art. My ideal host family will have a piano; I love to play often! I also like Chinese cooking, and would enjoy cooking for my host family from time to time. I enjoy traveling, jogging, and watching movies! This will be my first visit to America. I am so excited to be a member of the LILA community, living with my host family and improving my English! I like dogs, but I am not a fan of cats.
Note: She has her driver’s license but has little experience driving.
Xu Yuhan (Victoria) (Needs a host family for this spring!)
I’m 22 years old and from Yanji City, in the Jilin province of China. I like traveling, skiing, and playing some simple folk instrument of China. I also like to participate in various activities and try new experiences. I’m looking forward to living with my host family, learning more about American culture, and improving my English. I love to eat healthy and I’m hoping for an active and exciting host family! My ideal host family will not have pets, as I am slightly afraid of cats and dogs.
Note: Although Victoria has a driver’s license, she has very little driving experience.
Chen Xiaoxiao (Cheryl)
Hi! I am very outgoing and I love to make new friends! When I have free time, I like to watch Marvel super hero movies and also listen to music, especially English pop songs. I enjoy traveling; I have been to the UK (in middle school), South Korea, and Singapore. I like to take photos, particularly of scenery.
Teng Wenxiu (Jessica)
Hi! I have many hobbies: I like singing, dancing, reading, and sports. As a student in the Chinese department of my University, I work part-time in the remedial class. I really enjoy working with students. I’m looking forward to making new friends in the U.S, and being part of an American family!
Li Huanyu (Maggie)
Hello! I am 27 years old and from the Sichuan Provence, the birthplace of the panda! I love traveling, jogging, sports, and watching movies. I also really love dogs and cats. I am excited to experience American culture. If my host family is willing, I would like to share my Chinese Culture, such as food. I love to exercise and hope to go to the gym a lot. I am looking forward to being a member of the warm and passionate LILA family, living with my host family and making English progress!
Wu Tianqi (Eve) (Nees a host family for this spring!)
Hello. I am 23 years old and I am from China. I am really looking forward to being a member of an exciting LILA family. I enjoy reading and painting. I’m okay living with animals, such as dogs and cats. I enjoy Chinese food and some American food. I do not have any allergies. I enjoy experiencing cultures in different places and I’m excited to improve my English.