SPEAK London just arrived! 

Are you living in London? ? Do you like making new friendships, meeting people from different cultures and sharing or learning new languages? ? Did you say yes to all of these? Continue reading…We guess SPEAK London was made for you!?



SPEAK works as a culture and language exchange program where anyone can apply to learn or share their language and culture with others. Nobody is left out due to financial reasons! SPEAK was founded in 2014 in Portugal. Now SPEAK is in 7 countries and 20 cities!

Get ready to explore different places with us in London (yeah, our language groups can take place in a park, library, pub…anywhere!) and to share your world! 


founders of SPEAK London
SPEAK London team: Inês, Nataliya, Mariana and Ingrid

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is the reality.” – John Lennon


Why London?

Together we are taking SPEAK to London! 

London is a melting pot and has high migration flows. It calls for language and culture programs. Guess what? SPEAK is all about this!

The founders of SPEAK London didn’t know each other before SPEAK, but SPEAK brought them together. “We were interested in the same project, at the same time, in different parts of the world.


Join us!

You can be a buddy, and share your language, and/or be a participant and learn a language and culture. You can also be an ambassador, and organize events for the community.


Everybody has a story. This is ours 



Nataliya, co-founder of SPEAK London
Nataliya, co-founder of SPEAK London

I am Bulgarian and moved to London 7 years ago. Arriving here, I wasn’t confident with the language and was afraid I wouldn’t fit into my new home country. I started my journey by working hard and going to the local church for free English lessons. When I was introduced to SPEAK, the program that gives you the opportunity to make new friends and share your world, I wanted to take it to London!

“The adventure SPEAK London has just begun for me/us!” 


Education | Acting Degree and currently studying Business Management

Work Experience | Drama actress in a puppet theatre; Children’s birthday party entertainer (my small business); Volunteer as a language teacher

Interests | Skiing; yoga; theatre; listening to music; socialising, teaching and learning different languages.

Favourite Quote | Anything that you can imagine is yours to be or do or have.” Abraham-Hicks



Inês, co-founder of SPEAK London
Inês, co-founder of SPEAK London

I am Portuguese and recently moved to London to start a new chapter in my life. I have always wanted to build a social project that will have a positive impact on the community. When I was living in Portugal I had heard about SPEAK and it was love at first sight! Now, SPEAK London is happening!

“What fascinates me the most is that SPEAK tackles the problem of social exclusion by embracing diversity, breaking language barriers and bringing people closer together.” 


Education | Organisational, Social and Work Psychology 

Work Experience | 7 years’ experience as a Human Resources Specialist focused on facilitating people’s learning&development and organising activities to promote employees’ engagement and wellbeing

Interests | Meeting people from different walks of life; travelling; learning languages; ballet; singing; chocolate and coffee.

Favourite Quote | In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Mahatma Gandhi



Ingrid, co-founder of SPEAK London
Ingrid, co-founder of SPEAK London

I am Brazilian and I lived in Portugal for the past 7 years. I have now moved to London in the last few months with a goal to become fluent in English and to experience another culture. When I was living in Lisbon I looked forward to meeting new people and learning English on a low budget. Therefore, SPEAK caught my attention. Participating in the language group was unforgettable so that I decided to take SPEAK to London! 

“SPEAK breaks prejudices, language barriers and promotes equality, this is what inspires me.” 


Education | Dance Degree

Work Experience | 5 years’ experience as a Dance and Capoeira teacher for kids and adults

Interests | Capoeira; dance; learning languages; making friends; travelling the world.

Favourite Quote | Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” Jack Canfield



Mariana, co-founder of SPEAK London
Mariana, co-founder of SPEAK London

I am Portuguese and have been living in the UK for the past 9 years. In the beginning it was quite difficult to adapt to a new life and country and I felt like an outsider. For the past few years my jobs and volunteering activities have allowed me to develop projects that get people involved in their local communities. That’s why SPEAK caught my attention. 

“SPEAK’s vision of bringing people together by sharing a little bit of their world is something I fully believe in and what inspires me to get others involved.”

SPEAK brings people together in an informal way, to share experiences, cultures and their language. It’s absolutely fantastic and I couldn’t wait to be a part of this great adventure.


Education | BSc Dance

Work Experience | Volunteering and Civic Engagement Manager, 7 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector and charity sector; Volunteer as a School Governor and Comms & Social Media Team Leader for the UK Student Volunteer Network

Interests | Travelling, volunteering, reading, arts education, dance

Favourite Quote | “Unlock your Imagination”


What about you?

Do you enjoy diversity? Are you interested in learning or sharing a language and culture in an informal environment? Do you want to make a difference? 

Then join us



Author: Inês Araújo

Inês is one of the Co-founders of SPEAK London. She recently moved to London to start a new chapter in her life. Inês is passionate about meeting people from different walks of life, travelling, learning languages, dancing ballet, chocolate and coffee.

Author: Ingrid Santos

Ingrid is one of the Co-founders of SPEAK London. She is a cheerful and talkative person who loves meeting new people. Ingrid is Brazilian and her heart beats for dance and capoeira.

Author: Nataliya Ivanova

Nataliya is one of the Co-founders of SPEAK London. She moved from Bulgaria to London 7 years ago without knowing English. She’s passionate about learning and meeting new people.

Author: Mariana Rocha

Mariana is one of the Co-founders of SPEAK London. She is an enthusiastic and active person, who loves the outdoors and a good adventure.

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