The Global Language Network (GLN) is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 and based in Washington, DC. GLN provides individuals the opportunity to learn a new language at a minimal cost. Andrew Brown, the founder of GLN, saw that there was a growing need for accessible and affordable language education. Mr. Brown always had a passion for languages and saw that languages had the potential to break down barriers and build communities. His vision in founding GLN has been to bring peace through communication.
According to GLN, one cannot truly master a language until they have also mastered the cultural contexts in which the language occurs. Whether it is face-to-face, in writing, or through reading, there is no limit to how a person utilizes language. GLN’s main mission is to develop learning communities where students apply their language skills directly towards humanitarian work, such as helping local immigrants, volunteering abroad, or participating in any other aid or development project.
What began as Mr. Brown teaching seven languages to a handful of students at a university has now grown into an organization that has over 2,000 students a year. GNL teachers hail from all corners of the globe, including Croatia, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, China; together they teach over 60 languages, along with English as a second language.
Some of GLN’s success stories include teaching Haitian Creole to Red Cross doctors before their medical mission to Haiti, teaching Portuguese to public health professionals at Association of Public Health Laboratories before doing aid work in Mozambique, and teaching Spanish at Economics Research Associates to professionals involved in helping Latin American countries with economic development programs.GLN also awards a Global Giver Fellowship to a select group of individuals who receive a semester-long language learning fellowship.
Geography plays a major role in the development and diffusion of language and culture, particularly with the increase in globalization. GLN has recently obtained partners in the North Western parts of D.C. and in Virginia; they are currently looking to expand to areas across the United States. GNL looks to partner with organizations that support their missions and espouse diversity and multiculturalism.
To learn more about the Global Language Network visit: http://thegln.org/
Written by Samantha Sing.