Educator Spanish Immersion Story

One Teacher’s Story of Immersion

Educator Immersion Trips Make a Difference Communicating with parents can be a challenging, but essential, aspect of teaching. It gets exponentially harder when your student’s families don’t speak English. Being able to effectively communicate with parents is key to a student’s success in the classroom. Common Ground’s Spanish for Educators Immersion program is designed to […]

Managing Chaos on language immersion

The Secret to Successful Language Immersion is Creating and Managing Chaos

Have you ever had that experience where chaos serendipitously turns to beauty, and you see rainbows and unicorns? Okay, maybe the rainbows and unicorns are a stretch, but linguistic chaos turning into Spanish proficiency is something we’ve figured out how to consistently deliver on our language immersion trips. What started out as serendipity, has become […]

A Personal Case of Hope Jewelry

Introducing the Immersion Fund

The Immersion Fund has finally emerged… Since July, I’ve been working on a VERY exciting project, and it is finally ready! Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to introduce to you … The Immersion Fund! The Immersion Fund is a 501(c)3 organization created to help participants fund their Spanish immersion program while also making a difference […]

nurse building confianza with her patients

6 Easy Ways to Build Confianza with your Spanish Speaking Patients

On the most basic level, confianza means trust in English. Contributing factors to establishing confianza with another person can vary depending on the situation and the environment of the interaction, but for the healthcare context it is a conscious judgment that someone makes about another person that includes perceptions like: this person is approachable this person is respectful […]

Bilingual Healthcare Interpreter

5 Tangible Differences Between Bilingualism and Qualified Interpreters in Healthcare

What is the practical difference between bilingual healthcare workers and those bilingual staff that are qualified to interpret in healthcare? On the surface the difference may seem negligible; but as soon as you take a close look at the code of ethics of interpreting in healthcare and the national standards of practice for healthcare interpreting, it becomes evident that […]

Medical Spanish topics for hispanics

High Value Medical Spanish Topics

The CDC recently released some health statistics about the hispanic population that you should know about…and they’re super helpful for identifying medical Spanish topics to study. Do you ever feel like you want to study medical Spanish, but you’re just not sure what to focus on? If I were you, I would take a look […]

street smarts in central america

Street Smarts in Central America

International travel to the developing countries in Central America offers amazingly rich opportunities to explore the tropical beauty of the Americas that you don’t see in other parts of the world, but it comes with inherent risks that you should be aware of. My family just got robbed in Costa Rica on a weekend trip. We […]