Hi everyone! I’m Avalon, a Dutchie who has been living in many different countries, who loves to discover new cultures and different ways of thinking. I’m a cultural anthropologist and teach Dutch to foreigners. I grew up close to the sea, which is one of my favorite places to be!
In 2014, I organized the first AvaLingua Exchange Meeting (called Language Exchange Nijmegen) in Nijmegen, only because I wanted to meet Spanish speakers. It turned out that a lot of people showed up at that first meeting and because I enjoy organizing and connecting people, I decided to make it a weekly event. During the last years it was not only me who organized the meetings, but many people helped me during the time I was abroad or at the other side of the country: Emilie, Jana, Suzanne, Janice, Robert, Manu and Kiki, thank you! Right now, Antoine, Sophia and Thijs are in charge of the meetings in Nijmegen. Since October 2018 I'm organizing the meetings in Rotterdam twice a month.
It’s always an honor for me to organize the meetings. Every meeting I have the chance to meet wonderful people from different countries. I see a lot of happy faces and all the time new friendships are made and we speak a lot of languages. LANGUAGES, FRIENDS & CULTURES. Connecting these that's what it's all about and my main objective in life.
In this video, the participants of AvaLingua Exchange Nijmegen explain you what AvaLingua Exchange is all about, who they are and why they are joining the weekly meetings! It would be great to see you around soon!
Pablo - Chile
My name is Pablo, I am from Chile. I recently moved to the Netherlands looking for new challenges, I chose this country because of their very well-known educational system, environmental responsibility and international atmosphere. From my first week here I started to go to language exchange meetings in Nijmegen. I love that I could known people from all over the world and at the same time I could improve my English and help others with their Spanish. The best thing that you can do when you are starting a new life in a new country is to meet new people and make contacts, this is why this meeting was a perfect match for me, I killed two birds with one stone.
Marjolein - The Netherlands
Wat een super gezellige en leerzame avond! In een paar uur heb ik met verschillende spontane en leuke mensen gesproken uit landen als bijv. Brazilië, Frankrijk, Duitsland, Colombia etc. Heel leuk om je talen even op te frissen en te horen waarom zij nu in Nederland wonen. Relaxte ongedwongen sfeer en onder het genot van een lekker drankje.
Echt een aanbeveler voor diegene die interesse hebben voor mensen met diverse culturen en van talen houden. Ik ga zeker nog een keer terug!
Mayerly - Colombia
Hi i am Mayerly, I am from Colombia. I arrived to Netherlands to get to know the culture, customs and specially for living the experience, to travel and to know the more emblematic places from Europe. When I got to AvaLingua Exchange I thought it was the perfect opportunity for me to increase my level in English but I did not know that behind that I had the opportunity to meet people so wonderful that will be part of my group of friends. AvaLingua Exchange for me has become a space where I can share the most beautiful from my native language and I can transmit the culture, habits, lifestyles we have in our country.
Marieke - The Netherlands
My name is Marieke and I recently moved to Nijmegen for my studies. I used to go to a language cafe when I spent two months in France last year, which was a great way to practise my French and meet people. I was therefore happy to hear that a language exchange already existed in Nijmegen as well. So far I have participated every week and I really enjoy it! The atmosphere is great and I like the fact that you can both practise a language and help others with a language you already speak. It’s the perfect way to meet people, learn more about other countries and cultures, and of course improve your language skills!