One of Our Pillars: Volunteers

“Hej! Salut! Wie geht’s?

My name is Daniel and I’m a volunteer here at the GLN. I work in the Marketing and Communications department, which involves thinking of creative ways to get students more engaged in the GLN community and increasing the GLN’s exposure in the DC area. From writing blog entries to setting up video shoots, there are tons of ways to get involved.

Volunteering at the GLN has been great — not only am I learning new skills, but I’m also glad knowing that my time spent here is fruitful and helpful for others. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet a bunch of fun people brought together because of their love of languages. It’s not often you get to meet people who have taken Yoruba or Georgian just for kicks.

I’ve studied several languages myself, both in an academic setting and through self-study. Swedish has been a current favorite, though I find the vast vowel system to be pretty intense, not to mention the weird pitch accent system. I’ve also had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe a bit during my undergraduate years, where I learned that I should have been born in beautiful Vienna (sorry, Chicago!). I can’t wait to get back and explore some more.”

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