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((PKG)) INTERCAMBIO
((Banner: Easing the Transition))

((Reporter/Camera: Shelley Schlender))
((Map:
Longmont, Colorado))
((Pop-Up Banner: Intercambio is a nonprofit group that helps immigrants with English and cultural integration))
((NATS))
((Deepa McCauley, Volunteer ESL Teacher, Intercambio))

Today, we’re going to talk about health, in English. Running a fever doesn’t mean that you’re running. Running a fever is the temperature. Yes, exactly. The thermometer moves
. My name is Deepa. I have students who are from Russia, from Afghanistan.

((NATS))
I am from Vietnam.
I am from Peru.
I am from China.

((Deepa McCauley, Volunteer ESL Teacher, Intercambio))
I don’t have a teaching background, but Intercambio has great training classes.
((Lee Shainis, Founder, Intercambio))
We created our own training materials because we found that a lot of the materials out there were not directly geared towards volunteer teachers, and we’ve had 5,000 volunteer teachers since we started 18 years ago, and volunteers are capable of doing an amazing job, but they also need something ready to go and also really practical and relevant.
((NATS))
((Deepa McCauley))

How is he feeling?
((Class Response))
Depressed.
((Deepa McCauley))
Oh, my child is depressed.
((Woman from Peru))
Probably discrimination.
((Deepa McCauley))
Yep. Depression can come from discrimination. My father, in India, he was an engineer. He came to America. He was collecting carts
in the grocery store. He was depressed.
((Woman from Peru))
Change in life.
((Deepa McCauley, Volunteer ESL Teacher, Intercambio))
Big change in life.
((Lee Shainis, Founder, Intercambio))
Deepa is awesome. She was, you know, one of our many teachers who had zero experience as a volunteer teaching English when she first came in and we’ve seen huge advancements in her quality of teaching, in her quality
of getting her students engaged.
((NATS))
((Deepa McCauley))

What do you do to make yourself feel better?
((Woman from Peru))
Music.
((Deepa McCauley))
Uh-huh!
((Woman from Peru))
I exercise.
((Deepa McCauley))
Exercise. Do we drink tequila?
((Deepa McCauley))
When you’re depressed, you don’t want to drink tequilla. Right? You want to drink tea.
((Deepa McCauley, Volunteer ESL Teacher, Intercambio))
One of the main reasons I wanted to teach English is because my parents were first generation immigrants who didn’t speak English, and they had a really hard time. And they wouldn’t have had a hard time if they had a place like Intercambio.
((NATS))
((Deepa McCauley))

This is a frown. So, somebody says I see your frown. This is, that, that, right there, that’s a frown. That’s a frown.
((Silvia Gonzales Nava, Student, Intercambio))
My name is Sylvia Gonzales Nava. When I left my country, I didn’t speak at all English. At all.
((NATS))
((Silvia’s grandson))

If my Grandma only knew Spanish, I wouldn’t know what she was saying.
((Silvia Gonzales Nava, Student, Intercambio))
That’s why I speak English, because I want to have a good conversation with you.
((Silvia’s grandson))
Her English is getting better.
((Silvia Gonzales Nava, Student, Intercambio))
A lot better.
((Deepa McCauley))
Sylvia was one of my very first students. She’s been here for how many years now?
((Silvia Gonzales Nava, Student, Intercambio))
Two years.
((Deepa McCauley))
Now she has a job. She’s working. So, she’s doing really well.
((Silvia Gonzales Nava, Student, Intercambio))
Customer Service.
((Deepa McCauley))
Can you believe that? She’s working in customer service. I am so proud of her. I have to give he a hug.
((NATS))

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