Rebeca Gonzalez Recognized for Exceptional Online Spanish Instruction
Portland, OR — February 10, 2010— Speak Shop, http://www.speakshop.com, the first and only registered B Corporation (for benefit company) offering online Spanish lessons via webcam, is pleased to announce Rebeca Gonzalez as the 2009 Tutor of the Year.
Speak Shop tutors are micro-business owners, setting their own hours and rates. Most have a minimum of five years experience teaching Spanish to foreigners, and Speak Shop trains them on the technology and business skills required to be strong online instructors.
Clay Cooper had always struggled to learn Spanish. It wasn’t until he studied in Guatemala at age 31 that he finally succeeded.
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During that trip he also learned that hard work and education did not always pay off. With limited opportunities in Guatemala, even his university-educated tutor lived in poverty. That experience inspired (www.SpeakShop.com), an online fair trade language tutoring business Clay founded with his wife, Cindy Cooper.
Speak Shop gives language tutors the training and technology to become micro-entrepreneurs, reaching
Twice a week, Margo Griffin, who lives in Denver, Colorado, has a one-on-one Spanish lesson with her teacher, Mayra Juárez, who lives miles and miles away, in Antigua, Guatemala. Both attend from the comfort of their homes via the Internet, a webcam and an innovative socially responsible business called Speak Shop.
Mayra Juárez earns extra money by offering Spanish classes over the internet.
Antigua draws thousands of international students each summer to its Spanish schools. But in the off season, many teachers are out of work.
Twice a week Margo Griffin, who lives in Denver, Colo., has a one-on-one Spanish class with her tutor, Mayra Juárez, who lives in Antigua. Both attend the class from the comfort of their own homes via Internet, webcam and an innovative business called Speak Shop.
Offering quality tutoring to students around the globe, the small U.S.firm employs struggling teachers in Guatemala.
’’I love the fact that our money is going to support that kind of program,’’ Griffin said.
Griffin schedules her classes on Speak Shop’s Web page, pays online and
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