Hi! My name is Fiona. Together with Marleen, I am glad to be part of the AvaLingua team and organise AvaLingua Exchange meetings in The Hague. Due to studying corporate communication and the Spanish language and culture, I am passionate about discovering new cultures and seeing the world from a different perspective. Currently I teach Dutch to foreigners and I work as a project manager at a Dutch language school, but I also love to travel, read, run, learn new languages and inspire and connect people. After attending several AvaLingua Exchange meetings in Rotterdam, I am very excited to start organising meetings in The Hague, my home town. The meetings are a great opportunity to meet new people and practice languages in a fun and comfortable way. Hope to see you soon!
Hi there, I’m Marleen. Together with Fiona I will be organizing the AvaLingua Exchange Meetings in The Hague!
Learning languages always has been one of my passions. At 18 years of age, I took my first Italian language course in Italy. In the years that followed, I combined an Italian course in The Netherlands with a yearly summer course in Italy. Those weeks in Italy were the most valuable, especially because I really got to experience that speaking a language helps connecting to other people.
In 2016, I decided that the time was right for a new language. With the idea in mind to travel to Latin America in the following years, I decided to start with Spanish. I took a language course in The Hague and in 2017 I went to Cuba for a dancing holiday. In Cuba I fell in love with my current boyfriend, a Cuban who at that moment only spoke Spanish. The perfect motivation for me to improve my Spanish as quickly as possible. Next to that, I started helping my boyfriend with the Dutch language. It’s so wonderful to experience from close by that someone is starting to understand more and more of your own language.
Together with my boyfriend I visited a couple of AvaLingua Exchange Meetings in Rotterdam, him practicing Dutch and me practicing Spanish or Italian. Now I have the opportunity to organize those evenings myself, in my hometown The Hague. Let’s have fun, connect and learn together!
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, Kiki and Sophia, thank you! Right now, Thijs and Antoine are in charge of the meetings in Nijmegen. Also we started organizing the meeting in different cities. At the moment Emma and Özlem are organizing in Rotterdam and Fiona and Marleen in The Hague. Every now and then, I join the meetings and help with the organization. I support the team and together we create the AvaLingua Exchange community!
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!