The product: A Web site that connects foreign-language students with Spanish tutors in Guatemala and Nicaragua via webcam.
Created: August 2004
Suggested retail price: Tutors charge $7 to $10 an hour. Speakshop.com collects a membership fee from users ranging from $9.99 to $39.99 a month, depending on the number of lessons received.m What stage: Up and running
Employees: Two in Portland, with 10 contracted tutors worldwide
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One of the biggest challenges for foreign language teachers is to expose their students to authentic speech by native speakers. Another is to immerse them in the culture of the language they’re studying when that culture may be half a world away. But in our expanding digital age, it’s increasingly easy to connect live with overseas students, find related videos and audio clips, and discover examples of living language online — all free.
Speak Shop, a local company based in Beaverton, Oregon, has been selected as one of four finalists in a contest that recognizes emerging social entrepreneurs using business practices to solve major world problems. The winner will be decided by public online vote.
Speak Shop offers fair trade Spanish lessons via webcam with tutors in Latin America.
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2007 By Laila Weir
How Speak Shop uses the Web to help teachers earn more and students pay less.
When Michael Parker sits down to his private Spanish tutoring sessions, he pays his teacher $8 per hour, which is much less than the $25 per hour he was previously paying to his teacher in Iowa. But his new teacher, Yesenia Mateu Grave lives in Guatemala, where wages are a fraction of those paid in Iowa.
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2007 - Fair Trade Spanish
Thanks to Web conferencing, Mateu Grave teaches students around the world via a