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.

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.

2017-18 Language Ambassadors


Alvaro is 25 years old and joining us from Valladolid, Spain where he lives with his parents and older sister. While this will be his first time in the US, he has enjoyed the host family experience before in Ireland. Alvaro enjoys playing soccer, tennis, and basketball. He likes to travel (he has been to Ireland, Portugal, and Italy), play video games, and he has a passion for history! He also is quite comfortable in the kitchen and enjoys cooking. Alvaro would love attend a professional basketball (NBA) game while here and to learn how to ice skate. He also is really looking forward to improving his English that will assist him in being a high school teacher in the future!


Daniel (Dani) is 22 years old and comes to us from Colombia. He grew up with his parents and three brothers, living in a farm-like area with lots of trees and bugs – he’ll fit right in here! Dani enjoys swimming, reading, movies, dancing, riding his bike, and hiking. He would love to try fishing and swimming in one of our many lakes and loves pets. Dani is hoping his family will be active because he is really excited to see and do it all! He is Catholic and will attend church with his host family; however, it’s not a requirement. As for Dani’s future, he is planning to be an Elementary English teacher.


Gonzalo is 22 years old and is joining us from Segovia, Spain where his parents and older sister reside. He comes from a very athletic family and is a decathlete himself. He plays rugby, handball, and hockey in addition to his athletic training. Gonzalo also enjoys art, philosophy, and traveling. His travels have taken him many places including Italy, London, Brussels, Warsaw, Vienna, Oslo, Belgrade, and Krakow. Gonzalo prefers an active host family, or at least one that will be OK with him hanging out at the gym during his free time. While he studied at a Christian school growing up and will be respectful of his host family’s religious desires, Gonzalo has no interest in attending church.


Kiara is 23 years old and comes to us from Colombia where she lives with her mom and younger brother. Family is very important to her and she is very close to her mom and brother. She may seem shy at first but loves to share once she gets to know you. Kiara prefers a quiet host family that enjoys doing things together. She is fine with pets but does not prefer cats or hamsters. While she isn’t comfortable in the kitchen, Kiara is willing to help out in other areas of the house. Kiara likes to sing, skate, swim, and enjoys Zumba. She is also hoping to improve her English.


Miriam (Miri) is 21 years old and joins us from Madrid, Spain. She has a large extended family that is very important to her. She is looking forward to spending time and doing as much as she can with her host family here, learning about the American culture and customs, as well as giving them a glimpse of her life back home. Miri loves American football and hopes to catch a game while she is in the US. She also loves to ski, ice skate, and play basketball. Miri has played the trumpet and drums since she was 8 years old. She is Catholic, although not practicing, and is open to learning about other religions while visiting. Miri has been to Liverpool, Rome, Britain, and Mexico. She is very excited to add the US to her list of adventures.


Miguel is 23 years old and also comes to us from Segovia, Spain, where his parents and older brother reside. Both they and his extended family are very important to him. He is Christian and wouldn’t mind going to church once in a while but doesn’t wish to go every weekend. Miguel has no fears or allergies to pets but prefers that if his host family has any that they keep out of his bedroom. He hopes that his host family is active and enjoys spending time outside. He likes running, soccer, swimming, and basketball. Miguel enjoys the American culture – the food, literature, movies, and the NBA. He really wants to catch a Timberwolves game! He loves to try new foods and is used to it as his mom is always experimenting in the kitchen.  He is hoping to improve his English and become an elementary teacher.


Nadia is 26 years old and joins us from Valladolid, Spain. She was born in Argentina but moved to Spain when she was 12 with her parents and her sister. Nadia is hoping for a host family that enjoys the balance of busy and quiet. She loves cooking and has taken cooking classes. She also enjoys crafting. Nadia is Catholic but does not attend church on a regular basis. She is hoping to take advantage of the outdoors and all the interests Minnesota has to offer such hiking, skating, and enjoying the snow. She loves pets and has always had them growing up.


Tzu-Han Chu (Elaine) is 25 years old and comes to us from Taiwan.  Her family consists of her parents and two brothers. She is outgoing and passionate about music – she’s played the piano since she was 8!  Elaine is hoping for a family that appreciates the balance of busy and quiet. She enjoys running, swimming, and volleyball. This will be Elaine’s first visit to the US but she has had the host family experience before while visiting New Zealand. She loves cats and is slightly afraid of big dogs but thinks she’ll be fine if she lives with them. Elaine is used to attending a Presbyterian church on a regular basis and hopes to continue do so here but is open to others as well.


Sheng-An Chen (Jenny) is 22 years old and joins us from Taiwan where her parents and younger brother reside. She enjoys listening to music, playing piano, and museums and art. Jenny prefers a quiet family that she can get to know and do things with. She also likes to cook but is usually more of the helper and not the main chef. Jenny likes any pets but isn’t a fan of birds. She is very excited to learn about the culture and to share her love for the art of calligraphy. Jenny is a Christian and hopes to go to church on a regular basis.


Estefani (Teffa) is 21 years old and comes to us from El Salvador.  Teffa is absolutely thrilled to be joining LILA for the school year and plans to embrace the journey to the fullest. She enjoys going to the gym, weightlifting, swimming, singing, dancing, writing poetry, and cooking. Teffa really values family and the time they spend together. She is looking forward to learning the ‘ins-and-outs’ of a traditional American family – hanging out at home, going places, and being together! Teffa is comfortable in the kitchen, is fine with helping out around the house, and simply cannot wait to join your family.


Johan is 21 years old and joins us from Colombia. He is an only child that lives with his mom and stepfather. Johan is bursting with excitement be a member of a LILA family and can’t wait to do as much as he can with them. He enjoys being part of a family and hopes to explore the culture, customs, and the American experience. Johan loves pets, has a great sense of humor, and is definitely motivated. He’d love to learn about baseball, is excited to experience the snow, and hopes to check out places like the zoo, MOA, and our many, many lakes.


Almudena (Almu) is 21 years old and joins us from Spain. She is one of four girls in her family, along with her father and mother. Family is really important to her and she is very excited to be a part of yours! Almu is looking forward to experiencing American customs and traditions, trying new foods, enjoying the snow, skiiing, ice skating, and checking out the lakes! She is Catholic and hopes to attend Mass on a regular basis. Almu loves pets, especially dogs and cats, but snakes—no thanks! Coming from such a large family she is used to eating a variety of foods (except cheese-she doesn’t like it), helping out with chores, and being helpful in the kitchen. Almu also enjoys jogging, swimming, and yoga.


Yen-Ling Change (Teresa) is 23 years old and join us from Taipei, Taiwan. She is really looking forward to being a member of an exciting LILA family. She hopes to do many things while here in the US such as visit the parks, museums, and to get out on a boat.  Teresa likes to bike, swim, jog, and do yoga. She also plays piano.  Teresa is a vegetarian and enjoys fruits, veggies, and dessert. She is also OK with pets as long as they visit her outside of her bedroom. She is ready to help around the house and is comfortable in the kitchen as she cooks for herself a lot. Teresa has traveled to Korea, Japan, and Thailand and can’t wait to add the USA to her adventures.


Vanessa (Vane) is 22 years old and joins us from El Salvador where her parents and two brothers reside. She enjoys nature, hiking, riding horses, and riding bike. Shes played soccer and softball and dabbled in gymnastics. Vane can’t wait to learn about our customs and is really looking forward to being a “big sister” to her host sibling(s). She is accustomed to helping out around the house and likes to cook if she has the time. Vane is great with pets and has two dogs, a cat, a parrot, and fish at home. She is also a Christian and is open and willing to attend church with her host family.


Jin Fuwei (Freya) is 23 years old and joins us from China. She enjoys Chinese food and hamburgers. She enjoys animals and does not have any allergies. She is enjoys experiencing cultures in different places and is excited to improve her English. Freya will be working with 4th grade.


Zhang Xin (Estelle) is 24 years old and from ChangChun, a big city in the Jilin Province, China. She is an only child. Estelle has a lot of hobbies, including playing the piano. She is looking forward to being part of an American family and hopes to have a great experience! She will be assisting in Kindergarten.


Ranyan Wu (Maggie) is 26 and joins us from Hanzhong City, in the Shaanxi Province of China. She has a younger brother. Maggie enjoys Chinese food and some American food. Maggie describes herself as a mix of outgoing and quiet. She likes to try new things and share her culture with others. She does not have any allergies. Maggie likes animals and is excited to practice English and live with a host family!


Depeng Li (Ben) is 25 years old. He has two older sisters. Ben likes Chinese food and some American food. He's not afraid of animals and doesn't have any allergies. Ben also wants to share that he knows how to drive! He is looking forward to the host family experience and learning more English while in the United States.