I love that knowing Spanish has given me opportunities to help others and be of use. Once when I was working in a summer camp I was the only bilingual counselor. One of our campers had broken her leg and since she was in the hospital she couldn’t speak to her Spanish speaking parents. The camp director needed someone to relay the information. That was me! I was called in and I grabbed my handy dictionary I happened to have that summer to make sure I knew all the words necessary. They asked me to call the parents and let them know she had fallen and broken her leg but was okay and being taken care of. Geeze, I was nervous. Even though I was still studying at the time, my broken Spanish came out alright and the parents were so grateful for the update on their daughter.
Another time I had the chance to help was in an airport where a couple clearly were confused wondering where to go. They were looking up at the frantic airport electronic signs completely lost. I heard them speaking Spanish and saw their looks of frustration. I decided to walk over and ask if I could help. They were visiting family and didn’t speak any English. I looked at their tickets and pointed them in the right direction explaining where they needed to go and what they needed to do. Man, was that exhilarating!
There are many other little ways I’ve had the opportunity to connect and help others because I speak Spanish. Being of use and getting to help someone in need in a second language is so satisfying. Start learning today so you can experience being a bridge between cultures and languages too!
Brittany is a bilingual Spanish teacher who has lived in Spain and Argentina. Through this blog, she hopes to relate her travels, insights, and Spanish speaking journey!