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Our Mission

Speak Shop’s mission is to improve the lives of language teachers and students and to foster intercultural understanding and respect. Speak Shop offers teachers the chance to be entrepreneurial in managing their own tutoring services. Speak Shop provides students with the opportunity to achieve new educational goals, change their careers or prepare for travel abroad. At Speak Shop, students and teachers are active participants in creating a fun, educational and friendly environment.

Yes, Speak Shop is "Fair Trade" as defined on Wikipedia, "Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability."

Speak Shop's unique fair wage and microenterprise model was profiled in the Stanford Social Innovation Review: "Fair Trade Spanish: How Speak Shop uses the Web to help teachers earn more and students pay less"

Learn Spanish for Good
Speak Shop envisions a world where people have access to economic opportunities and can earn a fair wage based on the quality and consistency of their service. In many parts of the world, there are barriers that keep people from prospering despite their hard work and education.

Speak Shop teachers are highly qualified, some with masters’ degrees in addition to teaching certifications. As native-speaking teachers based in developing countries like Guatemala, they are uniquely qualified to teach Spanish and culture. By using Speak Shop, they can, for the first time, participate in the global economy. Without the Internet, these teachers depend on the sporadic cycles of tourism for their jobs. At Speak Shop, each tutor can set her own rates and teach year-round. With lessons starting at $10 an hour, you also receive an incredible value.

Did you know that 75% of Guatemalans live below the poverty line? Despite being uniquely skilled and working hard, teachers are unable to thrive in countries such as Guatemala  because of limited work opportunities. By taking classes at Speak Shop, you directly increase employment in Guatemala and increase educational and health opportunities for teachers and their families.

We believe in using all the tools we can to increase opportunities for everyone.

On a daily basis, we strive to provide students and teachers with the best experience possible. Our goal is to exceed your expectations. Bigger picture, we are:
1. Creating sustainable, entrepreneurial job opportunities for Spanish teachers in Guatemala
2. Making it easier for people everywhere to learn to speak Spanish
3. Increasing cross-cultural knowledge and understanding

Spanish teachers in Guatemala and Nicaragua typically cannot afford a computer, high speed Internet, or the costs of marketing their online businesses. You can help.