The Global Language Network (GLN) is a DC-based 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to use language as a tool to help fix our world.
Thanks to support from thousands of GLN members, since 2005 GLN has developed learning communities that break down cultural barriers and bridge the gap between a diversity of people. More specifically, we are on a mission to develop learning communities where students apply their language skills directly towards humanitarian work. Teaching Haitian Creole to Red Cross Doctors before their medical mission to Haiti is one of the hundreds of GLN success stories.
All of us surely want to fix the world but many of us lack the necessary tools.
What is your role in using language as a tool to help fix our world?
What does GLN do?
At GLN, we provide opportunities to learn any language at a minimal cost.
GLN is a community where people learn, share and connect. We offer affordable language classes in more than 60 languages, using a communicative approach that builds our learners’ communication skills in an interactive and enjoyable environment.
How are we able to promote language learning in so many languages at a fraction of the market price? We recruit and train native speakers who volunteer their time to teach their language and share their culture with the greater DC community. Through our Teaching Fellowship we develop our teachers as educators and community leaders.
GLN’s vision is to create a network of givers, for givers, by givers.
Thanks to support from thousands of GLN members, since 2005 GLN has been training and empowering individuals to give classes in their native language and culture. GLN continues to recruit volunteers with the highest potential for leadership to give their time and expertise in helping grow and build the organization.
How does GLN use language as a tool to fix our world? How does GLN create a network of givers?
At GLN, we connect and empower people through language and culture.
GLN envisions a peaceful, cooperative and inclusive world where people practice and model tolerance, understanding, and social responsibility across languages and cultures. Our vision is based on the premise that language is a fundamental tool that unlocks human potential and empowers people to transcend cultural barriers and make a positive impact in a changing global society. Language offers new perspectives, broadens horizons and enriches lives because it enables individuals to establish invaluable connections around the globe.
In order to realize our vision, we aim to establish a diverse network of lifelong language learners within the United States and abroad.
Underlying everything GLN does are the values that describe our character as an organization and community:
CULTURAL DIVERSITY: We celebrate all languages and cultures by promoting an environment where individuals from various cultural backgrounds communicate, interact, and learn from one another. GLN opens doors and builds bridges between people who share fruitful cross-cultural experiences.
DYNAMISM: We are proactive and maintain an energetic and flexible environment that enhances effective practices and innovations. GLN engages passionate individuals, committed to our mission, who instill that passion in others.
SYNERGY: We aim to foster an organizational culture of collaboration, sharing, and volunteerism, where the synergy of our stakeholders builds the foundation for growth and fulfillment.
FUN: We believe languages are fun and, therefore, language learners are fun. We promote an enjoyable culture in which GLNers unite and interact through their shared passion for world languages and cultures.
INCLUSIVENESS: We welcome everyone who shares our vision and values into our network. Everyone contributes; everyone gains.
GLN believes in the active pursuit of knowledge and skills to develop lifelong language learners who give back to their communities and effect positive, global change.
In 2005, Andrew Brown founded The Global Language Network to engage the community, share his passion for languages with others and address the growing need for accessible, affordable language education. Andrew realized the power that language has to break down barriers and build communities and his vision in founding GLN has been to fix the world and bring peace through communication and mutual understanding.
While Andrew is the Founder of GLN, he credits much of the organization’s growth and success to the many devoted teachers and other volunteers who have contributed and allowed him to build GLN to what it is today.