Angela Pardo is keen to share her language and culture so she has set up a Spanish language and cultural course which begins next Wednesday.
A Colombian by birth, Mrs Pardo arrived in New Zealand 17 years ago for a different lifestyle, and came to Invercargill 10 years ago.
A qualified teacher who has previously taught Spanish language classes at a variety of institutions throughout New Zealand, including in Invercargill for three years, Mrs Pardo was keen to once again share her knowledge.
“It will be made easy, as well as practical, with no expectations aside from having fun.”
Although the course was open to anyone who had an interest in the language and culture, the upcoming Columbian refugee settlement in Southland, which would begin in March, was one of the reasons she decided to reintroduce the Spanish courses, she said.
“The timing was right. I have been wanting to do this for a while.
“It would be useful for the relevant people who are going to be involved helping with the [refugee re-settlement] process. It is quite important for them to learn the basic language skills in Spanish… for people to be able to understand the language and the Columbian culture.”
The 12-week Spanish course which begins on Wednesday, January 17, will run until Wednesday, April 11, and include a movie night on Wednesday, February 21, the final exam on Wednesday, April 4, and a cooking class on Wednesday, April 11. Being held at the South Alive Community Hub on the corner of Ness and Grace Sts, Mrs Pardo recommended those interested register by tomorrow to reserve their space.