At the beginning of January, we announced BIG news about SPEAK’s language groups in our “Feel Free To Belong” campaign.

“We believe that the best things in life are, and should be, free. Making new friends, watching the sunset, or spending time with your loved ones are all things we can enjoy, and that makes us feel free to be ourselves and be loved for who we are. We believe that everyone has the right to feel at home, anywhere. And this is what we want to achieve. We want to allow everyone to feel free and included. We aim to support as many people as possible without leaving anyone behind. From today onwards, all our language groups are free for everyone.”

January 9, 2022 – SPEAK

We made it possible for migrants, refugees, and locals to join any language group on SPEAK for free. By making our language groups free, we can follow our goal of providing access to a wider audience and contribute to our mission for the social inclusion of newcomers and locals. Today, newcomers and locals can take part in community-led language groups for free in over 23 cities and counting. Read further to discover the impact of the “Feel Free To Belong” campaign so far!

Launch Of SPEAK’s Free Model

At the time of launch, SPEAK had over 57 languages shared, catering to various language levels in its global community of 48,000 people across 23 cities. In one and a half months since our launch, this impact has increased! There are now a total of 51,000 SPEAKers in the SPEAK community, with 200 countries represented and a total of 59 languages shared!

The Impact In Numbers

Infographic with the numbers of the "Feel Free To Belong" campaign from SPEAK

Social inclusion

As SPEAK, we are launching free language groups and cultural exchange events to support the social inclusion of migrants and refugees. Our methodology allows participants from different backgrounds to learn together and explore common interests. This way, SPEAK’s community breaks down prejudices and barriers while celebrating new friendships. All of which are essential to the process of integration into a new community. Since the launch, at least 88 refugees joining SPEAK.

Did you move to a new country where you don’t speak the language, or are you just interested to learn more about different cultures and want to learn a new language? Check our website and join a free language group today!

Author: Aster Taken

Aster is a marketing intern at SPEAK. She just finished her masters degree in Communication Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen and moved to Lisbon in January. She loves food, hanging out with friends and exploring her new temporary place of residence.

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